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Darke County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Darke County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of USA OH
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded January 3 1809[1]
Named for William Darke
Seat Greenville
Largest city Greenville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

600 sq mi (1,555 km²)
600 sq mi (1,553 km²)
0 sq mi (2 km²), 0.08
 - (2000)
 - Density

36/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Darke County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 53,309. Its county seat is Greenville6 and is named for William Darke, an officer in the Revolution.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,555 km² (600 sq mi). 1,553 km² (600 sq mi) of it is land and 1 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.08%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Darke County, Ohio, is one of the few counties in the United States to border as many as 8 counties. Ohio has another such county: Stark County (whose neighboring counties are all within Ohio). If not for a narrow slip of Mercer County that reaches to Shelby County that also separates Darke County from Auglaize County, Darke County would border 9 counties, which would make it part of an even rarer class of counties.


Darke County
Population by year[1]

2000 53,309
1990 53,619
1980 55,096
1970 49,141
1960 45,612
1950 41,799
1940 38,831
1930 38,009
1920 42,911
1910 42,933
1900 42,532
1890 42,961
1880 40,496
1870 32,278
1860 26,009
1850 20,276
1840 13,282
1830 6,204
1820 3,622

As of the census² of 2000, there were 53,309 people, 20,419 households, and 14,905 families residing in the county. The population density was 34/km² (89/sq mi). There were 21,583 housing units at an average density of 14/km² (36/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.09% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,419 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% 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 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,307, and the median income for a family was $45,735. Males had a median income of $32,933 versus $23,339 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,670. About 6.00% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.10% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.


Main article: Ohio county government.

Localities Edit

Map of Darke County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Darke County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Municipalities Edit

Townships Edit

Other localities Edit

  • Abbottsville
  • Baker
  • Beamsville
  • Braffettsville
  • Brock
  • Coletown
  • Cosmos
  • Dawn
  • Delise
  • Fort Jefferson
  • Frenchtown
  • Hillgrove
  • Horatio
  • Hunchbargers
  • Jaysville
  • Nashville
  • North Dayton
  • Otterbein
  • Pikeville
  • Rose Hill
  • Rush's Station
  • Savora
  • Stelvideo
  • Sharpeye
  • Webster
  • Woodington

Education Edit

Public School Districts Edit

  • Ansonia Local Schools
    • Ansonia High School, Ansonia (the Tigers)
  • Arcanum-Butler Local School District
    • Arcanum High School, Arcanum (the Trojans)
  • Franklin Monroe Schools
    • Franklin Monroe Middle School/High School, Pitsburg (the Jets)
  • Greenville City School District
    • Greenville Senior High School, Greenville (the Green Wave)
  • Mississinawa Valley Local School District
    • Mississinawa Valley Junior/Senior High School, Union City (the Blackhawks)
  • Tri-Village Local School District
    • Tri-Village High School, New Madison (the Patriots)
  • Versailles Exempted Village Schools
    • Versailles High School, Versailles (the Tigers)


  1. ^ a b "Ohio County Profiles: Darke County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ {{cite web|url = |title = Darke County data |accessdate = 2007-04-28 |publisher = Ohio State University

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 40°08′N 84°37′W / 40.13, -84.62

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