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Van Wert County, Ohio
Van-wert-ohio-courthouse2.jpg
Courthouse in Van Wert
Seal of Van Wert County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Van Wert County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 18, 1837
Named for Isaac Van Wart
Seat Van Wert
Largest city Van Wert
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

410 sq mi (1,062 km²)
409 sq mi (1,059 km²)
1.3 sq mi (3 km²), 0.3%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

28,931
auto/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognized word "auto"./km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.vanwertcountyohio.gov

Van Wert County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 28,931.[1] Its county seat is Van Wert.[2] The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1837.[3] It is named for Isaac Van Wart, one of the captors of John André in the American Revolutionary War.[4]

Van Wert County comprises the Van Wert, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included within the Lima-Van Wert-Celina, OH Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 410 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 409 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 49
1840 1,577 3,118.4%
1850 4,793 203.9%
1860 10,238 113.6%
1870 15,823 54.6%
1880 23,028 45.5%
1890 29,671 28.8%
1900 30,394 2.4%
1910 29,119 −4.2%
1920 28,210 −3.1%
1930 26,273 −6.9%
1940 26,759 1.8%
1950 26,971 0.8%
1960 28,840 6.9%
1970 29,194 1.2%
1980 30,458 4.3%
1990 30,464 0%
2000 29,659 −2.6%
2010 28,744 −3.1%
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 29,659 people, 11,587 households, and 8,354 families living in the county. The population density was 72 people per square mile (28/km2). There were 12,363 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.43% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,587 households, out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.00% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,497, and the median income for a family was $46,503. Males had a median income of $32,377 versus $23,859 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,293. About 4.20% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.80% of those under age 18 and 4.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,744 people, 11,439 households, and 7,921 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 70.3 inhabitants per square mile (27.1 /km2). There were 12,615 housing units at an average density of 30.8 per square mile (11.9 /km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% white, 0.9% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.6% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 43.6% were German, 12.4% were Irish, 11.5% were English, and 11.0% were American.[14]

Of the 11,439 households, 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.8% were non-families, and 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 40.3 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $44,415 and the median income for a family was $51,215. Males had a median income of $37,408 versus $28,692 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,772. About 6.1% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics[]

Van Wert County is a stronghold Republican county in presidential elections. In 2020, Donald Trump nearly won 80% of the votes cast in the county.[16]

United States presidential election results for Van Wert County, Ohio[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 11,650 77.70% 3,067 20.45% 277 1.85%
2016 10,469 76.03% 2,697 19.59% 604 4.39%
2012 9,585 68.97% 4,029 28.99% 284 2.04%
2008 9,168 62.36% 5,178 35.22% 355 2.41%
2004 10,678 72.02% 4,095 27.62% 54 0.36%
2000 8,679 65.66% 4,209 31.84% 331 2.50%
1996 6,999 53.67% 4,453 34.15% 1,589 12.18%
1992 7,227 50.83% 3,822 26.88% 3,168 22.28%
1988 9,410 70.56% 3,848 28.85% 78 0.58%
1984 9,570 73.68% 3,338 25.70% 80 0.62%
1980 7,866 61.11% 4,070 31.62% 936 7.27%
1976 8,344 58.42% 5,689 39.83% 251 1.76%
1972 9,545 71.28% 3,644 27.21% 202 1.51%
1968 7,835 57.92% 4,360 32.23% 1,332 9.85%
1964 6,194 44.60% 7,695 55.40% 0 0.00%
1960 9,666 65.68% 5,050 34.32% 0 0.00%
1956 9,834 70.03% 4,208 29.97% 0 0.00%
1952 9,355 64.68% 5,108 35.32% 0 0.00%
1948 6,785 56.84% 5,127 42.95% 24 0.20%
1944 8,529 62.83% 5,046 37.17% 0 0.00%
1940 8,656 58.05% 6,254 41.95% 0 0.00%
1936 6,275 42.59% 7,744 52.56% 714 4.85%
1932 5,918 42.04% 7,977 56.66% 183 1.30%
1928 7,540 59.39% 5,089 40.08% 67 0.53%
1924 6,206 53.14% 4,318 36.98% 1,154 9.88%
1920 7,495 59.99% 4,899 39.21% 99 0.79%
1916 3,802 49.19% 3,753 48.56% 174 2.25%
1912 2,490 35.04% 3,287 46.26% 1,329 18.70%
1908 3,809 49.28% 3,783 48.95% 137 1.77%
1904 4,120 54.08% 3,325 43.65% 173 2.27%
1900 4,006 52.18% 3,582 46.65% 90 1.17%
1896 3,957 49.26% 3,984 49.60% 92 1.15%
1892 3,373 46.52% 3,629 50.06% 248 3.42%
1888 3,411 48.18% 3,398 48.00% 270 3.81%
1884 3,052 50.43% 2,940 48.58% 60 0.99%
1880 2,634 50.51% 2,571 49.30% 10 0.19%
1876 2,290 48.64% 2,410 51.19% 8 0.17%
1872 1,805 51.62% 1,686 48.21% 6 0.17%
1868 1,547 51.95% 1,431 48.05% 0 0.00%
1864 1,214 50.44% 1,193 49.56% 0 0.00%
1860 1,015 50.93% 959 48.12% 19 0.95%
1856 758 48.01% 789 49.97% 32 2.03%



Government[]

Van Wert County has a 3-member Board of County Commissioners that administer and oversee the various County departments, similar to all but 2 of the 88 Ohio counties. The elected commissioners serve four-year terms. Van Wert County's three elected commissioners are: Thad Lichtensteiger (R), Stan Owens (R), and Todd Wolfrum (R).[18]

Communities[]

File:VanWertCountyOH2017.png

Municipalities and townships of Van Wert County

Cities[]

Villages[]

  • Convoy
  • Elgin
  • Middle Point
  • Ohio City
  • Scott
  • Venedocia
  • Willshire
  • Wren

Townships[]

  • Harrison
  • Hoaglin
  • Jackson
  • Jennings
  • Liberty
  • Pleasant
  • Ridge
  • Tully
  • Union
  • Washington
  • Willshire
  • York

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

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Abanaka
  • Cavett
  • Converse
  • Dixon
  • Dull
  • Glenmore
  • Hoaglin
  • Jonestown
  • Middlebury
  • Monticello
  • Richey
  • Schumm
  • Seamersville
  • Wetsel
  • Wolfcale

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Van Wert 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. ^ "Van Wert County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. http://www.osuedc.org/profiles/profile_entrance.php?fips=39161&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/DPDP1/0500000US39161. 
  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.CY07/0500000US39161. 
  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/DP02/0500000US39161. 
  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/DP03/0500000US39161. 
  16. ^ Cramer, Philissa (April 19, 2017). "Four things to know about Van Wert, the tiny Ohio school district where DeVos and Weingarten will form an uneasy duo". Chalkbeat. https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/04/19/four-things-to-know-about-van-wert-the-tiny-ohio-school-district-where-devos-and-weingarten-will-form-an-uneasy-duo/. 
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  18. ^ "Meet the Van Wert County Commissioners". Van Wert County Ohio Homepage. http://vanwertcounty.org/cc/meet.asp. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 40°52′N 84°35′W / 40.86, -84.59

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