Licking County, Ohio


Licking County, Ohio

Infobox U.S. County
county = Licking County
state = Ohio


founded = March 1 1808cite web|url = http://www.odod.state.oh.us/research/FILES/S0/Licking.pdf |title = Ohio County Profiles: Licking County |accessdate = 2007-04-28 |publisher = Ohio Department of Development | format = PDF]
seat wl = Newark | largest city = Newark
area_total_sq_mi = 688
area_total_km2 = 1783
area_land_sq_mi = 686
area_land_km2 = 1778
area_water_sq_mi = 2
area_water_km2 = 5
area percentage = 0.27%
census yr = 2000
pop = 145491
density_sq_mi = 212
density_km2 = 82
time zone = Eastern
UTC offset = -5 | DST offset = -4
web = www.lcounty.com
named for = Native American word for salt licks |

Licking County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 145,491. Its county seat is NewarkGR|6 and is named for the salt licks that were in the area.cite web|url = http://www.osuedc.org/profiles/profile_entrance.php?fips=39089&sid=0 |title = Licking County data |accessdate = 2007-04-28 |publisher = Ohio State University Extension Data Center ]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 688 square miles (1,783 km²).686 square miles (1,778 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) of it (0.27%) is water.

Adjacent counties

*Knox County (north)
*Coshocton County (northeast)
*Muskingum County (east)
*Perry County (southeast)
*Fairfield County (southwest)
*Franklin County (west)
*Delaware County (northwest)

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 146,491 people, 55,609 households, and 40,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 212 people per square mile (82/km²). There were 58,760 housing units at an average density of 86 per square mile (33/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.64% White, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 55,609 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,124, and the median income for a family was $51,969. Males had a median income of $37,957 versus $26,884 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,581. About 5.50% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.10% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

Places of interest

*Newark Earthworks
*Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
*Flint Ridge State Memorial [http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/places/c01/index.shtml]
*Dawes Arboretum
*Ye Olde Mill in Utica (where Velvet ice cream is produced) [http://www.velveticecream.com/olde_mill.asp]
*Heisey Glass Museum [http://www.heiseymuseum.org/]
*Longaberger Basket Facility (Main office building is a 7-story replica basket, the largest in the world)
*National Trail Raceway - NHRA Approved Dragway [http://www.nationaltrailraceway.com]
*Denison University

ports

Licking County has long been a hotbed for high school sports due to the many high school athletic programs in the county, including Heath High School, Lakewood High School, Licking Valley High School, Licking Heights High School, Licking County Christian Academy, Newark Catholic High School, Newark High School, Utica High School,and Watkins Memorial High School. In baseball, a state title has been won by a Licking County high school team every year dating back to 2002. It was in that year that three Licking County teams won state titles. Newark Catholic High School and Heath High School alone have combined for nine state titles in just a six year span.

Licking County has won at least one state title in the last four sport seasons. Heath in Boys Track and Baseball (2007), Newark Catholic in Football (2007), Newark in Basketball (2008) and most recently Lakewood in Softball (2008).

Government

Localities

Municipalities

Other places

References

* [http://www.lcounty.com/ Licking County Government's website]
* [http://culture.ohio.gov/project.asp?proj=flint Flint Ridge State Memorial] ----


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