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Ottawa County, Ohio

Ottawa County, Ohio
Seal of Ottawa County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Ottawa County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 6, 1840[1]
Named for the Ottawa tribe or a word meaning "trader"
Seat Port Clinton
Largest city Port Clinton
 • Total 585.06 sq mi (1,515 km2)
 • Land 254.92 sq mi (660 km2)
 • Water 330.15 sq mi (855 km2), 56.43%
 • (2010) 41,428
 • Density 162.5/sq mi (63/km²)
Congressional districts 5th, 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .us.oh.ottawa.cowww

Ottawa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 41,428, which is an increase of 1.1% from 40,985 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is Port Clinton.[3] The county is named either for the Ottawa Indians who lived there, or for an Indian word meaning "trader".[4]

Ottawa County comprises the Port Clinton, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Toledo-Port Clinton, OH Combined Statistical Area.


On September 10, 1813, during the War of 1812, nine vessels of the United States Navy under Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, decisively defeated six vessels of Great Britain’s Royal Navy in the Battle of Lake Erie near Put-in-Bay. This action was one of the major battles of the war.

Ottawa County was formed on March 6, 1840 from portions of Erie, Lucas and Sandusky counties. It was named after the North American Indian tribe of the Ottawa.


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 585.06 square miles (1,515.3 km2), of which 254.92 square miles (660.2 km2) (or 43.57%) is land and 330.15 square miles (855.1 km2) (or 56.43%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 40,985 people, 16,474 households, and 11,729 families residing in the county. The population density was 161 people per square mile (62/km²). There were 25,532 housing units at an average density of 100 per square mile (39/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.56% White, 0.65% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 3.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,474 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,224, and the median income for a family was $51,919. Males had a median income of $39,823 versus $24,727 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,973. About 4.20% of families and 5.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.40% of those under age 18 and 5.40% of those age 65 or over.



Map of Ottawa County, Ohio with municipal and township labels




Unincorporated communities

  • Blackberry Corner
  • Camp Perry
  • Catawba Island
  • Curtice
  • Danbury


Major highways

Other highways


Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Ottawa County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Ottawa County QuickFacts".  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Ottawa County data".  
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ "Trinity United Church of Christ (Elliston, Ohio)".  
  • Ottawa County Government's website

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