World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Belmont County, Ohio

Belmont County, Ohio
Seal of Belmont County, Ohio
Motto: Meliorem lapsa locavit
(Latin, "He has planted one better than the one fallen")[1]
Map of Ohio highlighting Belmont County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1815
Named for "beautiful mountain" in French
Seat St. Clairsville
Largest city Martins Ferry
 • Total 541 sq mi (1,401 km2)
 • Land 532 sq mi (1,378 km2)
 • Water 9.1 sq mi (24 km2), 1.7%
 • (2010) 70,400
 • Density 132/sq mi (51/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.belmontcountyohiowww

Belmont County is a

  • Belmont County Government's Web site
  • Belmont County Economic Development
  • Belmont County Port Authority

External links

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

Further reading

  1. ^ "Belmont County Flag". Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Ohio: Individual County Chronologies". Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Belmont County data".  
  6. ^ "Past Belmont County Sheriffs - Belmont County Sheriff's Office". Belmont County Sheriff's Office. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  14. ^ "Ohio Secretary of State 2006 Unofficial Election Statistics". Archived from the original on 9 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  15. ^ "Belmont County Board of Commissioners". Belmont County Ohio Government Homepage. October 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ohio County Flags: Belmont County, The Ohio Channel, 2007. Accessed 2007-09-11.
  17. ^ "Belmont Correctional Institution". 
  18. ^ "Belmont County Sheriff's Office". Belmont County Sheriff's Office. 
  19. ^ "Belmont County Juvenile Court". 
  20. ^ "Kansas Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 


See also

Notable people

Unincorporated communities

Census-designated places




Map of Belmont County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels


Higher education

A small part of the county is served by the following schools of the multicounty Switzerland of Ohio Local School District:

Belmont County is served by the following local school districts



Belmont County is serviced by several detentional centers located around St. Clairsville. The Belmont Correctional Institution is located on 158 acres (0.64 km2) between St. Clairsville and Bannock on State Route 331. The facility currently houses 2,698 inmates.[17] The Belmont County Jail is located in St. Clairsville and is located near Belmont College and Ohio University Eastern Campus. The facility contains 144 beds and also houses the county sheriff's offices.[18] The county is also serviced by Sargus Juvenile Detention Center, a 17-bed facility that also services surrounding counties.[19] Sargus Center is located next door to the county jail.


Belmont County's county flag was designed in 1988 by local state official Michael Massa. Local citizens voted in a nationally covered election to choose it from a group of three designs by Massa. The seal (minus a Latin phrase) is featured on the county's flag.[16]

Belmont 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. Belmont County's elected commissioners are: Matt Coffland (D), Mark Thomas (D), and Ginny Favede (D).[15]

Almost all of the county's government offices are located in the Belmont County Courthouse.[14]


The median income for a household in the county was $29,714, and the median income for a family was $37,538. Males had a median income of $31,211 versus $19,890 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,221. About 11.70% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

There were 28,309 households out of which 28.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90.

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 70,226 people, 28,309 households, and 19,250 families residing in the county. The population density was 131 people per square mile (50/km²). There were 31,236 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.98% White, 3.64% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.2% were of German, 12.5% Irish, 12.0% American, 10.3% English, 10.2% Italian and 9.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.


Adjacent counties

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 541 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 532 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 9.1 square miles (24 km2) (1.7%) is water.[7]


In 1987, Michael A Massa, a county resident, created and dedicated the County's first Official Seal and Flag to the people of Belmont County (photo of county seal featured above the county map- see vignette at above right). The citizens of the county held an informal election to select the winning seal and flag, and the event was featured nationally on the Paul Harvey Show.

In 1976, Belmont County became the first American county to elect a female sheriff, Katherine Crumbly.[6]



  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
    • Corrections 4.1
  • Education 5
    • K-12 5.1
    • Higher education 5.2
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Villages 6.2
    • Townships 6.3
    • Census-designated places 6.4
    • Unincorporated communities 6.5
  • Notable people 7
  • See also 8
  • Footnotes 9
  • Further reading 10
  • External links 11

Belmont County is part of the Wheeling, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the only Belmont County nationwide.

[5] for "beautiful mountain".French from the name It takes its [4]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.