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Noble County, Ohio

Noble County, Ohio
The Noble County Courthouse in Caldwell in 2007
Seal of Noble County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Noble County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1851[1]
Named for either James Noble or Warren P. Noble
Seat Caldwell
Largest village Caldwell
 • Total 405 sq mi (1,049 km2)
 • Land 398 sq mi (1,031 km2)
 • Water 6.6 sq mi (17 km2), 1.6%
 • (2010) 14,645
 • Density 37/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Noble County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,645,[2] making it the third-least populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Caldwell.[3] The county is named for Rep. Warren P. Noble of the Ohio House of Representatives, who was an early settler there.[4]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected area 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
  • Education 5
  • Communities 6
    • Villages 6.1
    • Townships 6.2
    • Unincorporated communities 6.3
  • See also 7
  • Footnotes 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10


Noble County was formed on March 11, 1851 from portions of Guernsey, Morgan, Monroe and Washington counties.[5] It was the last county to be formed in Ohio and, therefore, represents the youngest county in the state.[6] It was named for either James Noble or Warren P. Noble, both of whom were early settlers in this region.[7]

Noble County was home to the first North American oil well, the Thorla-McKee Well, discovered in 1814.[8] It was the last of Ohio's 88 counties to be formed, in 1851.[9] In 1925, a United States Navy dirigible, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), was caught in a storm over Noble County, and broke into several pieces. Of those on board, 14 were killed and 29 survived.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 405 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 398 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (1.6%) is water.[10]

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 14,058 people, 4,546 households, and 3,318 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 5,480 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White, 6.69% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,546 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 11.70% from 18 to 24, 31.80% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 130.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 140.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,940, and the median income for a family was $38,939. Males had a median income of $30,911 versus $20,222 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,100. About 8.30% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.


Noble County has a three-member Board of County Commissioners that oversee and administer the various County departments, similar to all but two of the 88 Ohio counties. Noble County's elected commissioners are:

  • County Commissioners: Virgil Thompson (R), Garry Rossiter (R), and Stephen Bond (R).[17]


Noble County is served by the Caldwell Exempted Village School District and Noble Local School District.


Map of Noble County, Ohio with municipal and township labels



Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Noble County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Noble County data".  
  5. ^ Noble County, Ohio | Learn |
  6. ^ 1832 Ball-Caldwell House in Noble County, Ohio
  7. ^ Noble County, Ohio definition of Noble County, Ohio in the Free Online Encyclopedia
  8. ^ Thorla-McKee Well, First Oil Well in North America, Noble County, Ohio, Noble County, 2004. Accessed 2005-08-05.
  9. ^ "Noble County".  
  10. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  17. ^ "Noble County, Ohio". County Commissioner of Ohio Homepage. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 

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

  • Unofficial county information website

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