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Hardin County, Ohio
Hardin County Courthouse, Kenton.jpg
Hardin County Courthouse
Flag of Hardin County, Ohio
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Seal of Hardin County, Ohio
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Map of Ohio highlighting Hardin County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1833
Named for John Hardin
Seat Kenton
Largest city Kenton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

471 sq mi (1,220 km²)
470 sq mi (1,217 km²)
0.2 sq mi (1 km²), 0.1%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

30,696
auto/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognized word "auto"./km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website http://www.co.hardin.oh.us

Hardin County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 30,696.[1] Its county seat is Kenton.[2] The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1833.[3] It is named for John Hardin, an officer in the American Revolution.[4]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 471 square miles (1,220 km2), of which 470 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.1%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 22
1830 210 854.5%
1840 4,598 2,089.5%
1850 8,251 79.4%
1860 13,570 64.5%
1870 18,714 37.9%
1880 27,023 44.4%
1890 28,939 7.1%
1900 31,187 7.8%
1910 30,407 −2.5%
1920 29,167 −4.1%
1930 27,635 −5.3%
1940 27,061 −2.1%
1950 28,673 6.0%
1960 29,633 3.3%
1970 30,813 4.0%
1980 32,719 6.2%
1990 31,111 −4.9%
2000 31,945 2.7%
2010 32,058 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2020 [10]

2000 census[]

At the 2000 census,[11] there were 31,945 people, 11,963 households and 8,134 families living in the county. The population density was 68 per square mile (26/km2). There were 12,907 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.54% White, 0.70% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 96.9% spoke English and 1.4% German as their first language.

There were 11,963 households, of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.03.

24.30% of the population were under the age of 18, 15.40% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median household income was $34,440 and the median family income was $42,395. Males had a median income of $33,393 compared with $21,695 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,200. About 8.90% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,058 people, 11,762 households, and 7,950 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 68.1 inhabitants per square mile (26.3 /km2). There were 13,100 housing units at an average density of 27.8 per square mile (10.7 /km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 96.7% white, 0.8% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.3% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 33.0% were German, 15.1% were Irish, 13.2% were American, and 9.6% were English.[14]

Of the 11,762 households, 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.4% were non-families, and 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 34.7 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $41,343 and the median income for a family was $55,274. Males had a median income of $41,191 versus $32,313 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,100. About 9.6% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics[]

Hardin County is a Republican Party stronghold. The last Democrat to win the county was Lyndon B. Johnson in his 1964 landslide.

United States presidential election results for Hardin County, Ohio[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,949 75.10% 3,062 23.11% 236 1.78%
2016 8,717 70.56% 2,920 23.64% 717 5.80%
2012 7,489 60.06% 4,619 37.04% 362 2.90%
2008 7,749 58.93% 5,013 38.12% 387 2.94%
2004 8,441 63.03% 4,891 36.52% 60 0.45%
2000 7,124 59.03% 4,557 37.76% 387 3.21%
1996 5,506 46.36% 4,930 41.51% 1,440 12.13%
1992 5,851 44.28% 4,364 33.02% 3,000 22.70%
1988 7,291 62.82% 4,145 35.71% 170 1.46%
1984 8,722 69.11% 3,813 30.21% 85 0.67%
1980 7,457 61.51% 3,863 31.87% 803 6.62%
1976 6,076 54.86% 4,650 41.99% 349 3.15%
1972 8,713 69.14% 3,535 28.05% 354 2.81%
1968 6,963 53.82% 4,180 32.31% 1,794 13.87%
1964 5,679 43.67% 7,324 56.33% 0 0.00%
1960 9,042 64.41% 4,996 35.59% 0 0.00%
1956 9,049 66.51% 4,556 33.49% 0 0.00%
1952 9,235 64.58% 5,064 35.42% 0 0.00%
1948 7,441 57.38% 5,474 42.21% 52 0.40%
1944 8,566 62.55% 5,128 37.45% 0 0.00%
1940 9,192 58.40% 6,547 41.60% 0 0.00%
1936 7,631 46.86% 8,441 51.84% 211 1.30%
1932 7,215 44.86% 8,717 54.20% 152 0.95%
1928 8,137 60.20% 5,306 39.25% 74 0.55%
1924 7,112 53.66% 5,523 41.67% 619 4.67%
1920 8,071 57.64% 5,817 41.54% 115 0.82%
1916 4,119 48.08% 4,304 50.24% 144 1.68%
1912 2,775 33.22% 3,912 46.83% 1,667 19.95%
1908 4,444 50.35% 4,164 47.17% 219 2.48%
1904 4,736 57.36% 3,096 37.50% 424 5.14%
1900 4,389 50.07% 4,190 47.80% 187 2.13%
1896 4,276 49.50% 4,247 49.16% 116 1.34%
1892 3,515 47.71% 3,483 47.28% 369 5.01%
1888 3,611 49.54% 3,339 45.81% 339 4.65%
1884 3,647 51.09% 3,373 47.25% 119 1.67%
1880 3,472 53.11% 3,032 46.38% 33 0.50%
1876 2,830 50.98% 2,702 48.68% 19 0.34%
1872 2,238 53.08% 1,970 46.73% 8 0.19%
1868 1,884 51.62% 1,766 48.38% 0 0.00%
1864 1,640 52.92% 1,459 47.08% 0 0.00%
1860 1,432 52.72% 1,198 44.11% 86 3.17%
1856 1,091 53.09% 882 42.92% 82 3.99%



Airports[]

Ada Airport (FAA LID: 0D7) is a privately owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) northwest of the central business district of Ada, a village in Hardin County.

Hardin County Airport (FAA LID: I95) is the largest paved facility and is located 3 miles south of Kenton, Ohio on CR 135. The runway is 4,803 feet long at an elevation of 1,030 feet. Maintenance, fuel and storage are available.[17]

Major highways[]

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Science[]

Currently there is a working Artesian aquifer operating in the county.

Media[]

Two newspapers, the daily The Kenton Times of Kenton and the weekly The Ada Herald of Ada, operate in Hardin County.

Radio stations include WKTN of Kenton and WOHA of Ada, a radio station owned by Holy Family Communications.

WOCB-LP TV48 is a local Christian television station in downtown Kenton covering channels 39.1-39.4.[18]

Communities[]

Map of Hardin County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

City[]

  • Kenton (county seat)

Villages[]

  • Ada
  • Alger
  • Dunkirk
  • Forest
  • McGuffey
  • Mount Victory
  • Patterson
  • Ridgeway

Townships[]

  • Blanchard
  • Buck
  • Cessna
  • Dudley
  • Goshen
  • Hale
  • Jackson
  • Liberty
  • Lynn
  • Marion
  • McDonald
  • Pleasant
  • Roundhead
  • Taylor Creek
  • Washington

https://web.archive.org/web/20160715023447/http://www.ohiotownships.org/township-websites

Census-designated place[]

  • Dola

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Blanchard
  • Blocktown
  • East Foraker
  • Foraker
  • Grant
  • Grassy Point
  • Hepburn
  • Holden
  • Huntersville
  • Jumbo
  • Jump
  • Maysville
  • McVitty
  • Mentzer
  • Pfeiffer
  • Roundhead
  • Silver Creek
  • Yelverton

Notable people[]

From Kenton

  • John R. Goodin, Democratic congressman from Kansas
  • William Lawrence, Republican congressman involved with the attempt to impeach Andrew Johnson
  • Jacob Parrott, first recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Paul Robinson, creator of the long-running "Etta Kett" comic strip for King Features Syndicate
  • Brigadier General John (Mike) Murray[20]

From Ada

  • Rollo May, an American existential psychologist
  • Lee Tressel, football coach, father of former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel
  • John Berton, award-winning computer graphics animator and visual effects supervisor.
  • Carey Orr, cartoonist.

From Alger

  • Ray BrownHomestead Grays pitcher

From Dunkirk

  • Willard Rhodes, ethnomusicologist (1901–1992)
  • Dean Pees, NFL coach

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Hardin County, Ohio

References[]

  1. ^ 2020 census
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ "Ohio: Individual County Chronologies". Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/OH_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. pp. 149. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_9V1IAAAAMAAJ. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_39.txt. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/oh190090.txt. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  10. ^ 2020 census
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US39065. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY07/0500000US39065. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US39065. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US39065. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". http://www.hardinohio.org/new/Transportation.aspx. 
  18. ^ "The Central Ohio Association Of Christian Broadcasters". http://www.coacb.org/COACB/About_Us/About_Us.html. 
  19. ^ "Kansas Governor Nehemiah Green". National Governors Association. http://www.nga.org/cms/home/governors/past-governors-bios/page_kansas/col2-content/main-content-list/title_green_nehemiah.html. 
  20. ^ http://www.army.mil/article/15459/

External links[]

Coordinates: 40°40′N 83°40′W / 40.66, -83.66

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