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Monroe County, Ohio

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Monroe County, Ohio
Monroe County Courthouse, Woodsfield.jpg
Monroe County Courthouse
Map of Ohio highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio’s location in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1813[1]
Named for James Monroe
Seat Woodsfield
Largest village Woodsfield
 • Total 457.46 sq mi (1,185 km2)
 • Land 455.72 sq mi (1,180 km2)
 • Water 1.74 sq mi (5 km2), 0.38%
 • (2010) 14,642
 • Density 32.1/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone EasternUTC-5/-4

Monroe County is a county located in the state of Ohio. According to the2010 census, it has a population of 14,642, which is a decrease of 3.5% from 15,180 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is Woodsfield[3].




Monroe County was formed on January 28, 1813 from portions of Belmont, Guernsey and Washington counties. It was named after James Monroe, theU.S. Secretary of State when the county was formed, and later fifth President of the United States.[4]

On or about December 20, 2011, Exxon Mobil Corp. , a New Jersey petroleum company, via its subsidiary XTO Energy, acquired 20,056 acres of Monroe County Utica Shale gas leases from Beck Energy.[5]


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 457.46 square miles (1,184.8 km2), of which 455.72 square miles (1,180.3 km2) (or 99.62%) is land and 1.74 square miles (4.5 km2) (or 0.38%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,645
1830 8,768 88.8%
1840 18,521 111.2%
1850 28,351 53.1%
1860 25,741 −9.2%
1870 25,779 0.1%
1880 26,496 2.8%
1890 25,175 −5.0%
1900 27,031 7.4%
1910 24,244 −10.3%
1920 20,660 −14.8%
1930 18,426 −10.8%
1940 18,641 1.2%
1950 15,362 −17.6%
1960 15,268 −0.6%
1970 15,739 3.1%
1980 17,382 10.4%
1990 15,497 −10.8%
2000 15,180 −2.0%
2010 14,642 −3.5%
Est. 2012 14,549 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 15,180 people, 6,021 households, and 4,413 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 7,212 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.72% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,021 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.70% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 27.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,467, and the median income for a family was $36,297. Males had a median income of $33,308 versus $19,628 for females. Theper capita income for the county was $15,096. About 11.00% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 11.40% of those age 65 or over.


Main article: Ohio county government

Monroe County has 3 County Commissioners that oversee the various County departments, similar to 85 of the other 88 Ohio counties. Current Commissioners, all Democrats, are: John V. Pyles, Tim Price, and Carl Davis.[9]

Monroe County is served by the Monroe County District Library from its administrative offices in Woodsfield, Ohio; it also offers a bookmobile service.

In 2005, the library loaned more than 141,000 items to its 6,000 cardholders. Total holding are over 64,000 volumes with over 140 periodical subscriptions.[10] This library is a member of the SOLO Regional Library System.


Map of Monroe County, Ohio with municipal and township labels



Unincorporated communities[edit]


Monroe County contains the following schools through the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. Jump up^ “Ohio County Profiles: Monroe County” (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Monroe 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^ “Monroe County data”Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28.[dead link]
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  6. Jump up^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990”United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. Jump up^ “U.S. Decennial Census”. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  8. Jump up^ “American FactFinder”United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. Jump up^ “County Offices-County Commissioners”Monroe County Ohio Homepage. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  10. Jump up^ “2005 Ohio Public Library Statistics:Statistics by County and Town”. State Library of Ohio. Retrieved october 3, 2006.
  11. Jump up^ “Montana Governor Samuel Vernon Stewart”. National Governors Association. Retrieved October 10, 2012.

External links[edit]

Belmont County Marshall County, West Virginia
Noble County Wetzel County, West Virginia
  Monroe County, Ohio
Washington County Tyler County, West Virginia

Municipalities and communities of Monroe County, Ohio, United States

 State of Ohio

Coordinates39.73°N 81.08°W