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Licking County, Ohio

Licking County, Ohio
Licking County Courthouse
Seal of Licking County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Licking County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1808[1]
Named for Native American word for salt licks
Seat Newark
Largest city Newark
 • Total 687 sq mi (1,779 km2)
 • Land 683 sq mi (1,769 km2)
 • Water 5.0 sq mi (13 km2), 0.7%
 • (2010) 166,492
 • Density 244/sq mi (94/km²)
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .com.lcountywww

Licking County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 166,492.[2] Its county seat is Newark.[3] The county was formed on January 30, 1808 from portions of Fairfield County. It is named for the salt licks that were in the area.[4]

Licking County is part of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Places of interest 3
  • Sports 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Villages 5.2
    • Townships 5.3
    • Census-designated places 5.4
    • Unincorporated communities 5.5
  • See also 6
  • Footnotes 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 687 square miles (1,780 km2), of which 683 square miles (1,770 km2) is land and 5.0 square miles (13 km2) (0.7%) is water.[5] It is the third-largest county in Ohio by land area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways


As of the census[11] 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

View from a section of the Great Circle Earthworks, part of the Newark Earthworks.


Longaberger headquarters in Newark, Ohio, a giant Longaberger Medium Market Basket.

Licking County has long been a hotbed for high school sports due to the many high school athletic programs in the county, including Granville High School, Heath High School, Johnstown-Monroe High School, Lakewood High School, Licking Valley High School, Licking Heights High School, Newark Catholic High School, Newark High School, Northridge 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 schools recently won at least one state title in four straight sport seasons: Heath in both Boys Track and Boys Baseball (2007), Newark Catholic in Football (2007), Newark in Boys Basketball (2008) and Lakewood in Softball (2008).


Map of Licking County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Licking County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 186. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

Further reading

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

External links

  • Licking County Government's website
  • Flint Ridge State Memorial

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