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Sandusky County, Ohio

Sandusky County, Ohio
Sandusky County Courthouse in Fremont
Seal of Sandusky County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Sandusky County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded February 12, 1820[1]
Named for a word meaning "cold water", possibly Iroquois
Seat Fremont
Largest city Fremont
 • Total 418 sq mi (1,083 km2)
 • Land 408 sq mi (1,057 km2)
 • Water 9.3 sq mi (24 km2), 2.2%
 • (2010) 60,944
 • Density 149/sq mi (58/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.sanduskycountywww

Sandusky County is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,944.[2] Its county seat is Fremont.[3] The county was formed on February 12, 1820 from portions of Huron County. It is named for a native word meaning "water" (Wyandot: saundustee).[4]

The Fremont, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Sandusky County.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Government and politics 3
    • County officials 3.1
  • Transportation 4
    • Major highways 4.1
    • Other highways 4.2
    • Airports 4.3
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Villages 5.2
    • Townships 5.3
    • Census-designated places 5.4
    • Other communities 5.5
  • Places of interest 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 418 square miles (1,080 km2), of which 408 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 9.3 square miles (24 km2) (2.2%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 61,792 people, 23,717 households, and 16,957 families residing in the county. The population density was 151 people per square mile (58/km²). There were 25,253 housing units at an average density of 62 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.20% White, 2.67% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.10% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 6.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,717 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% 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 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,584, and the median income for a family was $47,675. Males had a median income of $35,501 versus $23,964 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,239. About 5.70% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.10% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Sandusky County is a heavily Republican County in Northwestern Ohio. The county has a strong history of supporting Republican presidential candidates as well as local Republican candidates. However, during the 2008 U.S. presidential election, 51% of the voters from Sandusky County supported Democratic candidate Barack Obama.[12] This was repeated in the 2012 U.S. presidential election when the plurality of 50%-48% supported the incumbent, President Obama.[13]

Time magazine listed Sandusky as one of five critical counties in the 2012 Election.[14]

County officials

Office Name Party
Commissioner Terry Thatcher Republican
Commissioner Charles Schwochow Republican
Commissioner Dan Polter
Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt Democrat
Sheriff Kyle Overmyer Republican
Clerk of Courts Warren Brown Republican
Recorder Colleen Carmack Republican
Treasurer Irma Celestino Republican
Engineer James Moyer Republican
Coroner John Wukie Republican
Auditor William Farrell Democrat
Common Pleas Court Judge John Dewey
Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara Ansted Republican
County Courts Judge Herbert Adams
County Courts Judge John Kolesar
Juvenile Court Judge Brad Smith


Major highways

Other highways



Map of Sandusky County, Ohio with municipal and township labels




Census-designated places

Other communities

  • Bay View
  • Bayshore
  • Booktown
  • Busy Corners
  • Colby
  • Erlin
  • Fourmile House Corner
  • Gabels Corner
  • Galetown
  • Girton
  • Green Creek
  • Havens
  • Kingsway
  • Millersville
  • Mount Carmel
  • Muncie Hollow
  • Rollersville
  • Schlegels Grove
  • Shannon
  • Squires
  • Sunset Harbor
  • Tinny
  • Upton
  • Wales Corners

Places of interest

See also


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Sandusky County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ American Language Reprint database
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 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 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  12. ^ 2008 presidential election results from Ohio
  13. ^ "2012 election results from Ohio". Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "The White House - Obama's Path to Victory",  
  15. ^ Sandusky County government

External links

  • Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau website
  • Sandusky County Government's website

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