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Hancock County, Ohio
Ohio state seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Hancock County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of USA OH
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1820[1]
Named for John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence
Seat Findlay
Largest city Findlay
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

534 sq mi (1,382 km²)
531 sq mi (1,376 km²)
2 sq mi (6 km²), 0.42
 - (2000)
 - Density

134/sq mi (52/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Hancock County uses the Seal of Ohio as its seal
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 813
1840 9,986 1,128.3%
1850 16,751 67.7%
1860 22,886 36.6%
1870 23,847 4.2%
1880 27,784 16.5%
1890 42,563 53.2%
1900 41,993 −1.3%
1910 37,860 −9.8%
1920 38,394 1.4%
1930 40,404 5.2%
1940 40,793 1.0%
1950 44,280 8.5%
1960 53,686 21.2%
1970 61,217 14.0%
1980 64,581 5.5%
1990 65,536 1.5%
2000 71,295 8.8%
Est. 2007 74,204 4.1%
Population 1800-2007.[1]

Hancock County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of 2000, the population was 71,295. Its county seat is Findlay[2] and was named for John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.[3] The Hancock County area has a strong connection with the Toledo Metropolitan Area and upon other opinions, it is sometimes considered part of the metropolitan area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 534 square miles (1,383.1 km2).531 square miles (1,375.3 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.42%) is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 71,295 people, 27,898 households, and 19,138 families residing in the county. The population density was 134 people per square mile (52/km²). There were 29,785 housing units at an average density of 56 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.14% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 3.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 27,898 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,856, and the median income for a family was $51,490. Males had a median income of $37,139 versus $24,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,991. About 5.20% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.


Hancock County was created on January 21, 1828, by the Ohio General Assembly from the southern portions of Wood County. Originally containing only Findlay Township, the county would add Amanda and Welfare (now Delaware) townships later in April of that year. Additional townships were laid out as follows: Jackson in 1829; Liberty and Marion in December 1830; Big Lick, Blanchard and Van Buren in 1831; Washington, Union, and Eagle in 1832; Cass and Portage in 1833; Pleasant in 1835; Orange in 1836; Madison in 1840, and finally Allen in 1850. Originally nearly 24 miles square, Hancock County would lose some of its southeast portion in 1845 to the new Wyandot County.[5]


Hancock County Ohio Courthouse

The Hancock County Courthouse in downtown Findlay


Map of Hancock County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Hancock County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels




Unincorporated communitiesEdit

  • Butlers Mill
  • Chase
  • Deweyville
  • Hancock
  • Houcktown
  • Mortimer
  • New Stark
  • Pratts
  • Shawtown
  • West Independence
  • West Park
  • Williamstown

See alsoEdit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Ohio County Profiles: Hancock County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Hancock County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Brown 1886: Brown, R.C. (1886). History of Hancock County, Ohio. 3. Chicago: Warner. Beers & Co.. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 41°00′N 83°40′W / 41.00, -83.67

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