Erie County (Ohio)

Erie County is a county located in the state of Ohio of the United States. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Sandusky.


The County is located in northern Ohio, adjacent to Lake Erie, the southernmost of the five Great Lakes, and has an area of ​​1622 square kilometers, of which 660 square kilometers are water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Lorain County, Huron County, Sandusky County and Ottawa County.


Erie County was formed on March 15, 1838 from parts of Huron County and Sandusky County. It was named after the North American Indian people of Erie.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census of 2000, there were 79 551 people in Erie County. Of these, 1,868 people lived in collective centers, the other inhabitants living in 31 727 households and 21 764 families. The population density was 121 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 88.64 percent White, 8.64 percent African American, 0.21 percent Native American, 0.37 percent Asian, 0.01 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.53 percent from other races groups; 1.60 percent were descended from two or more races. 2.09 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 31 727 households out of which 30.4 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 53.7 percent were married couples living together, 11.2 percent were single mothers, 31.4 percent were non-families, 27.0 percent of all households and 10.8 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.

Based on the county the population was spread from 24.7 percent population under 18 years, 7.2 percent between 18 and 24 years, 27.0 percent between 25 and 44 years, 25.5 percent between 45 and 64 years and 15.6 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 42,746, and the median income for a family was $ 51,756. Males have a median income of $ 39,249, women $ 23,697. The per capita income was $ 21,530. 6.0 percent of families and 8.3 percent of the population lived below the poverty line; among them were 11.6 percent of those under the age of 18 and 6.8 percent of people over 65 years.

Sons and daughters of the County

  • Lester Allan Pelton, 1829-1908, American inventor, born in Vermillion Township