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Morgan County, Ohio
Morgan County Courthouse Ohio.jpg
The Morgan County Courthouse in McConnelsville
Seal of Morgan County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1819
Named for Daniel Morgan
Seat McConnelsville
Largest village McConnelsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

422 sq mi (1,093 km²)
416 sq mi (1,077 km²)
5.4 sq mi (14 km²), 1.3%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

13,802
auto/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognized word "auto"./km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.morgancounty-oh.gov

Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 13,802,[1] making it the third-least populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is McConnelsville.[2] The county was created in 1817 and later organized in 1819.[3] It is named for Daniel Morgan, an officer in the American Revolutionary War.[4]

History[]

Morgan County was formed on December 29, 1817, from portions of Guernsey, Muskingum and Washington counties. It was named after Daniel Morgan, a member in the Congress from Virginia, and general in the American Revolutionary War.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 422 square miles (1,090 km2), of which 416 square miles (1,080 km2) is land and 5.4 square miles (14 km2) (1.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[]

Public areas[]

  • Wayne National Forest
  • Burr Oak State Park

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 5,297
1830 11,800 122.8%
1840 20,852 76.7%
1850 28,585 37.1%
1860 22,119 −22.6%
1870 20,363 −7.9%
1880 20,072 −1.4%
1890 19,143 −4.6%
1900 17,905 −6.5%
1910 16,097 −10.1%
1920 14,555 −9.6%
1930 13,583 −6.7%
1940 14,227 4.7%
1950 12,836 −9.8%
1960 12,747 −0.7%
1970 12,375 −2.9%
1980 14,241 15.1%
1990 14,194 −0.3%
2000 14,897 5.0%
2010 15,054 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2020 [10]

2000 census[]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 14,897 people, 5,890 households, and 4,176 families living in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km2). There were 7,771 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.66% White, 3.41% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,890 households, out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.30% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,868, and the median income for a family was $34,973. Males had a median income of $30,411 versus $21,039 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,967. About 15.70% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.10% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 15,054 people, 6,034 households, and 4,140 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 36.2 inhabitants per square mile (14.0 /km2). There were 7,892 housing units at an average density of 19.0 per square mile (7.3 /km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 93.2% white, 2.9% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 21.2% were German, 12.9% were English, 12.7% were Irish, and 9.8% were American.[14]

Of the 6,034 households, 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.4% were non-families, and 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 42.4 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $34,962 and the median income for a family was $40,440. Males had a median income of $37,173 versus $30,176 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,777. About 15.7% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics[]

Morgan County is a stronghold Republican county in presidential elections. The only Democratic presidential candidates to win the county were Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, but Bill Clinton came within 181 votes of carrying it in 1996.

United States presidential election results for Morgan County, Ohio[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,041 73.53% 1,725 25.16% 90 1.31%
2016 4,431 68.41% 1,736 26.80% 310 4.79%
2012 3,179 51.81% 2,814 45.86% 143 2.33%
2008 3,440 51.96% 2,966 44.80% 214 3.23%
2004 3,758 56.06% 2,875 42.89% 70 1.04%
2000 3,451 57.58% 2,261 37.73% 281 4.69%
1996 2,566 42.97% 2,385 39.94% 1,020 17.08%
1992 2,719 40.54% 2,402 35.81% 1,586 23.65%
1988 3,713 63.37% 2,085 35.59% 61 1.04%
1984 3,994 67.66% 1,868 31.64% 41 0.69%
1980 3,236 60.31% 1,875 34.94% 255 4.75%
1976 2,971 51.14% 2,727 46.94% 111 1.91%
1972 3,679 68.50% 1,554 28.93% 138 2.57%
1968 3,030 57.51% 1,789 33.95% 450 8.54%
1964 2,281 42.76% 3,053 57.24% 0 0.00%
1960 4,424 70.82% 1,823 29.18% 0 0.00%
1956 4,134 73.82% 1,466 26.18% 0 0.00%
1952 4,303 71.94% 1,678 28.06% 0 0.00%
1948 3,480 65.96% 1,783 33.79% 13 0.25%
1944 4,309 72.13% 1,665 27.87% 0 0.00%
1940 4,966 65.32% 2,637 34.68% 0 0.00%
1936 4,630 59.35% 3,093 39.65% 78 1.00%
1932 3,957 54.34% 3,107 42.67% 218 2.99%
1928 4,359 75.09% 1,397 24.07% 49 0.84%
1924 3,553 60.94% 2,072 35.54% 205 3.52%
1920 4,127 64.26% 2,157 33.59% 138 2.15%
1916 2,136 51.58% 1,833 44.26% 172 4.15%
1912 1,448 35.70% 1,633 40.26% 975 24.04%
1908 2,445 53.99% 1,932 42.66% 152 3.36%
1904 2,572 58.79% 1,612 36.85% 191 4.37%
1900 2,639 53.40% 2,188 44.27% 115 2.33%
1896 2,531 51.12% 2,375 47.97% 45 0.91%
1892 2,399 51.98% 1,956 42.38% 260 5.63%
1888 2,531 53.97% 1,974 42.09% 185 3.94%
1884 2,556 55.13% 1,972 42.54% 108 2.33%
1880 2,510 53.11% 2,091 44.24% 125 2.64%
1876 2,376 51.75% 2,108 45.92% 107 2.33%
1872 2,339 58.23% 1,551 38.61% 127 3.16%
1868 2,521 57.09% 1,895 42.91% 0 0.00%
1864 2,601 60.14% 1,724 39.86% 0 0.00%
1860 2,445 57.03% 1,757 40.98% 85 1.98%
1856 2,125 53.19% 1,669 41.78% 201 5.03%



Communities[]

Map of Morgan County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Villages[]

  • Chesterhill
  • Malta
  • McConnelsville (county seat)
  • Stockport

Townships[]

  • Bloom
  • Bristol
  • Center
  • Deerfield
  • Homer
  • Malta
  • Manchester
  • Marion
  • Meigsville
  • Morgan
  • Penn
  • Union
  • Windsor
  • York

Census-designated place[]

  • Rose Farm

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Bishopville
  • Bristol
  • Deavertown
  • Eagleport
  • Hooksburg
  • Joy
  • Morganville
  • Moscow Mills
  • Pennsville
  • Plantsville
  • Reinersville
  • Ringgold
  • Rokeby Lock
  • Roosterville
  • Rosseau
  • Roxbury
  • Todds
  • Triadelphia
  • Unionville

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Morgan 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. ^ "Morgan County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. http://www.osuedc.org/profiles/profile_entrance.php?fips=39115&sid=0. 
  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/DPDP1/0500000US39115. 
  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.CY07/0500000US39115. 
  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/DP02/0500000US39115. 
  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/DP03/0500000US39115. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

Further reading[]

  • Thomas William Lewis, History of Southeastern Ohio and the Muskingum Valley, 1788-1928. In Three Volumes. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1928.

External links[]

Coordinates: 39°37′N 81°51′W / 39.61, -81.85

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