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Noble County, Ohio

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Noble County, Ohio
Noble County Courthouse Ohio.jpg
Map of Ohio highlighting Noble County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio’s location in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1851[1]
Named for either James Noble or Warren P. Noble
Seat Caldwell
Largest village Caldwell
 • Total 404.57 sq mi (1,048 km2)
 • Land 398.01 sq mi (1,031 km2)
 • Water 6.56 sq mi (17 km2), 1.62%
 • (2010) 14,645
 • Density 36.8/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone EasternUTC-5/-4

Noble County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. According to the2010 census, it has a population of 14,645, which is an increase of 4.2% from 14,058 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is Caldwell.[3] Noble County is named for Rep. Warren P. Noble of the Ohio House of Representatives, who was an early settler there.[4]




Noble County was formed on March 11, 1851 from portions of Guernsey, Morgan, Monroe and Washington counties.[5] It was the last county to be formed in Ohio and therefore represents the youngest county in the state.[6] It was named for either James Noble or Warren P. Noble, both of whom were early settlers in this region.[7]

Noble County was home to the first North American oil well, the Thorla-McKee Well, discovered in 1814.[8] It was the last of Ohio’s 88 counties to be formed, in 1851.[9] In 1925, a United States Navy dirigibleUSS Shenandoah (ZR-1), was caught in a storm over Noble County, and broke into several pieces. Of those on board, 14 were killed and 29 survived.


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 404.57 square miles (1,047.8 km2), of which 398.01 square miles (1,030.8 km2) (or 98.38%) is land and 6.56 square miles (17.0 km2) (or 1.62%) is water.[10]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 20,751
1870 19,949 −3.9%
1880 21,138 6.0%
1890 20,753 −1.8%
1900 19,466 −6.2%
1910 18,601 −4.4%
1920 17,849 −4.0%
1930 14,961 −16.2%
1940 14,587 −2.5%
1950 11,750 −19.4%
1960 10,982 −6.5%
1970 10,428 −5.0%
1980 11,310 8.5%
1990 11,336 0.2%
2000 14,058 24.0%
2010 14,645 4.2%
Est. 2012 14,579 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 14,058 people, 4,546 households, and 3,318 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 5,480 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White, 6.69% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,546 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 11.70% from 18 to 24, 31.80% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 130.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 140.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,940, and the median income for a family was $38,939. Males had a median income of $30,911 versus $20,222 for females. Theper capita income for the county was $14,100. About 8.30% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.


Noble County has a 3 member Board of County Commissioners that oversee and administer the various County departments, similar to all but 2 of the 88 Ohio counties. Noble County’s elected commissioners are:

  • County Commissioners: Virgil Thompson (R), Garry Rossiter (R), and Stephen Bond (R). [13]


Map of Noble County, Ohio with municipal and township labels



Unincorporated communities[edit]


Noble County is served by the Caldwell Exempted Village School District and Noble Local School District.

See also[edit]


  1. Jump up^ “Ohio County Profiles: Noble County” (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Noble County QuickFacts”United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  3. Jump up^ “Find a County”. National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. Jump up^ “Noble County data”Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  5. Jump up^ Noble County, Ohio | Learn |
  6. Jump up^ 1832 Ball-Caldwell House in Noble County, Ohio
  7. Jump up^ Noble County, Ohio definition of Noble County, Ohio in the Free Online Encyclopedia
  8. Jump up^ Thorla-McKee Well, First Oil Well in North America, Noble County, Ohio, Noble County, 2004. Accessed 2005-08-05.
  9. Jump up^ “Noble County”Ohio University Small Business Development Center. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  10. Jump up^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990″United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. Jump up^ “U.S. Decennial Census”. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  12. Jump up^ “American FactFinder”United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. Jump up^ “Noble County, Ohio”County Commissioner of Ohio Homepage. Retrieved January 11, 2014.

External links[edit]

Muskingum County Guernsey County Belmont County
Monroe County
  Noble County, Ohio
Morgan County Washington County

Municipalities and communities of Noble County, Ohio, United States

 State of Ohio

Coordinates39.77°N 81.45°W