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Harrison County, Ohio

Harrison County, Ohio
Seal of Harrison County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Harrison County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded February 1, 1813[1][2]
Named for William Henry Harrison
Seat Cadiz
Largest village Cadiz
 • Total 411 sq mi (1,064 km2)
 • Land 402 sq mi (1,041 km2)
 • Water 8.4 sq mi (22 km2), 2.1%
 • (2010) 15,864
 • Density 39/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.harrisoncountyohiowww
The Conotton Creek Trail begins in Bowerston.

Harrison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,864,[3] making it the fifth-least populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Cadiz.[4] The county is named for General William Henry Harrison, who was later President of the United States.[5]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Conotton Creek Trail 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • Villages 4.1
    • Townships 4.2
    • Census-designated place 4.3
    • Unincorporated communities 4.4
  • Notable residents 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Harrison County was formed from parts of Jefferson and Tuscarawas Counties in 1813. The county was named after General William Henry Harrison, the hero of the battle of Tippecanoe in the War of 1812 <(and later to become the 9th US President).


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 402 square miles (1,040 km2) is land and 8.4 square miles (22 km2) (2.1%) is water.[6]

On May 16, 2013 the Chicago Tribune Business section reported that the Utica Shale underlying Harrison County shows promise as a tight oil production zone.[7] To produce tight oil in large quantities would require horizontal drilling and fracturing of the shale formation as is being done in North Dakota and Texas.

Adjacent counties

Conotton Creek Trail

The Conotton Creek Trail is a rails-to-trails path that runs along Conotton Creek from Bowerston to Jewett in northern Harrison County, Ohio. The paved multi-use trail is 11.4 miles or 18.3 kilometers long.


As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 15,856 people, 6,398 households, and 4,516 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 7,680 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.49% White, 2.19% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,398 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 23% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,318, and the median income for a family was $36,646. Males had a median income of $30,485 versus $18,813 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,479. 13.3% of the population and 11% of families were below the poverty line. 17.5% of those under the age of 18 and 8.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


Map of Harrison County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels



Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Harrison County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Harrison County, Ohio". Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Harrison County data".  
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ McAllister, Edward; Zawadzki, Sabina (May 16, 2013). "Ohio's well data shatters shale oil hopes". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  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 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Harrison County website

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