Ashtabula County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Ashtabula County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded June 7 1807[1]
Named for "river of many fish" in Iroquoian
Seat Jefferson
Largest city Ashtabula
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,368 sq mi (3,544 km²)
702 sq mi (1,819 km²)
666 sq mi (1,725 km²), 48.67%
 - (2000)
 - Density

145/sq mi (56/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Ashtabula County is the northeasternmost county in the state of Ohio. As of 2000, the population was 102,728; its county seat is Jefferson6. The county is named for a Native American word meaning "river of many fish".[2]

The county is probably most well known for having 16 covered bridges within the county limits. Grapes are a popular crop and there are several wineries in the region owing to the favorable microclimate created by the nearby lake. During the winter, Ashtabula County receives quite a lot of lake effect snow and is part of the Southeastern Lake Erie Snowbelt.



Ashtabula County is the largest county by area in the state of Ohio. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,544 km² (1,368 sq mi). 1,819 km² (702 sq mi) of it is land and 1,725 km² (666 sq mi) of it (48.67%) is water.

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As of the census² of 2000, there were 102,728 people, 39,397 households, and 27,774 families residing in the county. The population density was 56/km² (146/sq mi). There were 43,792 housing units at an average density of 24/km² (62/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 94.07% White, 3.16% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 2.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 39,397 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% 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 3.05.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,607, and the median income for a family was $42,449. Males had a median income of $33,105 versus $22,624 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,814. About 9.20% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.10% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Map of Ashtabula County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels




Census-designated place[]

Other localities[]


Ashtabula County is home to many Finnish Americans, and an annual FinnFest USA celebration is held in Ashtabula.[1]

Notable residents[]


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Ashtabula County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ {{cite web| url = |title = Ashtabula County data |accessdate = 2007-04-28 |publisher = Ohio State University
  3. ^ a b c Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

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Coordinates: 41°53′N 80°46′W / 41.89, -80.76

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