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Williams County, Ohio
Williams County Courthouse in Bryan.jpg
Williams County Courthouse in Bryan
Seal of Williams County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Williams County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded February 2, 1824
Named for David Williams
Seat Bryan
Largest city Bryan
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

423 sq mi (1,096 km²)
421 sq mi (1,090 km²)
2.1 sq mi (5 km²), 0.5
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

37,102
auto/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognized word "auto"./km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.williams.oh.us

Williams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 37,102.[1] Its county seat is Bryan.[2] The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1824.[3] It is named for David Williams, one of the captors of John André in the American Revolutionary War.[4]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 423 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 421 square miles (1,090 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.5%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 387
1840 4,465 1,053.7%
1850 8,018 79.6%
1860 16,633 107.4%
1870 20,991 26.2%
1880 23,821 13.5%
1890 24,897 4.5%
1900 24,953 0.2%
1910 25,198 1.0%
1920 24,627 −2.3%
1930 24,316 −1.3%
1940 25,510 4.9%
1950 26,202 2.7%
1960 29,968 14.4%
1970 33,669 12.3%
1980 36,369 8.0%
1990 36,956 1.6%
2000 39,188 6.0%
2010 37,642 −3.9%
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 39,188 people, 15,105 households, and 10,664 families living in the county. The population density was 93 people per square mile (36/km2). There were 16,140 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.51% White, 0.72% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. 2.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.6% were of German, 17.7% American, 8.1% English and 5.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 15,105 households, out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.50% 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 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,735, and the median income for a family was $47,398. Males had a median income of $33,476 versus $22,136 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,441. About 3.90% of families and 6.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.20% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 37,642 people, 15,075 households, and 10,260 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 89.4 inhabitants per square mile (34.5 /km2). There were 16,668 housing units at an average density of 39.6 per square mile (15.3 /km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 95.9% white, 1.0% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.7% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 46.1% were German, 12.0% were Irish, 10.7% were English, and 7.8% were American.[14]

Of the 15,075 households, 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.9% were non-families, and 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.93. The median age was 40.7 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $44,538 and the median income for a family was $52,975. Males had a median income of $40,658 versus $29,064 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,381. About 9.1% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics[]

Williams County is a Republican stronghold county in presidential elections. The last Democrat to win the county was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

United States presidential election results for Williams County, Ohio[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 13,452 72.12% 4,842 25.96% 357 1.91%
2016 11,939 68.98% 4,358 25.18% 1,011 5.84%
2012 10,047 56.74% 7,266 41.04% 393 2.22%
2008 9,879 53.70% 8,174 44.43% 343 1.86%
2004 12,040 64.60% 6,481 34.77% 118 0.63%
2000 9,941 62.45% 5,454 34.26% 524 3.29%
1996 7,747 49.67% 5,524 35.41% 2,327 14.92%
1992 7,614 43.60% 4,862 27.84% 4,988 28.56%
1988 10,782 69.18% 4,666 29.94% 137 0.88%
1984 10,804 74.11% 3,624 24.86% 150 1.03%
1980 9,146 64.31% 4,015 28.23% 1,060 7.45%
1976 7,596 59.52% 4,920 38.55% 246 1.93%
1972 9,083 66.76% 4,278 31.44% 244 1.79%
1968 8,059 59.76% 4,456 33.04% 970 7.19%
1964 5,653 42.83% 7,547 57.17% 0 0.00%
1960 10,319 71.84% 4,044 28.16% 0 0.00%
1956 9,784 75.21% 3,225 24.79% 0 0.00%
1952 9,888 74.65% 3,358 25.35% 0 0.00%
1948 6,784 64.79% 3,662 34.98% 24 0.23%
1944 8,738 71.89% 3,417 28.11% 0 0.00%
1940 9,463 69.95% 4,065 30.05% 0 0.00%
1936 7,050 53.00% 5,628 42.31% 624 4.69%
1932 5,459 43.34% 6,860 54.46% 278 2.21%
1928 8,138 71.81% 3,136 27.67% 58 0.51%
1924 5,802 56.41% 2,795 27.18% 1,688 16.41%
1920 7,000 61.75% 4,183 36.90% 153 1.35%
1916 3,132 45.57% 3,552 51.68% 189 2.75%
1912 1,145 17.85% 2,875 44.81% 2,396 37.34%
1908 3,625 50.84% 3,329 46.69% 176 2.47%
1904 3,827 57.91% 2,565 38.82% 216 3.27%
1900 3,416 51.70% 3,049 46.15% 142 2.15%
1896 3,191 47.16% 3,530 52.17% 45 0.67%
1892 2,745 46.76% 2,583 44.00% 542 9.23%
1888 3,071 48.99% 2,977 47.50% 220 3.51%
1884 2,907 48.62% 2,897 48.45% 175 2.93%
1880 2,881 50.92% 2,596 45.88% 181 3.20%
1876 2,701 51.26% 2,546 48.32% 22 0.42%
1872 2,213 59.84% 1,419 38.37% 66 1.78%
1868 2,280 55.69% 1,814 44.31% 0 0.00%
1864 2,154 60.27% 1,420 39.73% 0 0.00%
1860 1,713 56.52% 1,180 38.93% 138 4.55%
1856 1,327 55.34% 1,022 42.62% 49 2.04%



Government[]

Williams County has three county commissioners who oversee the various county departments. Current commissioners are: Brian Davis, Lewis Hilkert, and Terry Rummel.[17]

Communities[]

Map of Williams County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Williams County touches the states of Indiana and Michigan.

City[]

  • Bryan (county seat)

Villages[]

  • Blakeslee
  • Edgerton
  • Edon
  • Holiday City
  • Montpelier
  • Pioneer
  • Stryker
  • West Unity

Townships[]

  • Brady
  • Bridgewater
  • Center
  • Florence
  • Jefferson
  • Madison
  • Mill Creek
  • Northwest
  • Pulaski
  • St. Joseph
  • Springfield
  • Superior


Census-designated places[]

  • Alvordton
  • Kunkle
  • Lake Seneca
  • Nettle Lake
  • Pulaski

Other communities[]

  • Ainger
  • Berlin
  • Bridgewater Center
  • Columbia
  • Cooney
  • Franklin Junction
  • Hallock
  • Hamer
  • Hillcrest
  • Lock Port
  • Melbern
  • Mina
  • West Jefferson
  • Williams Center

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Williams 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. ^ "Williams County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. http://www.osuedc.org/profiles/profile_entrance.php?fips=39171&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/DPDP1/0500000US39171. 
  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.CY07/0500000US39171. 
  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/DP02/0500000US39171. 
  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/DP03/0500000US39171. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  17. ^ "Williams County Commissioners". Williams County Ohio Homepage. http://co.williams.oh.us/Commissioners/wmsco_commissioners.htm. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 41°34′N 84°35′W / 41.56, -84.58

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