Guernsey County, Ohio

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


The County is located in east-central Ohio, is about 60 km from the border with West Virginia and has an area of ​​1368 square kilometers, of which 17 square kilometers are water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Tuscarawas County, Harrison County, Belmont County, Noble County, Muskingum County and Coshocton County.


Guernsey County was formed on January 31, 1810 from parts of Belmont County and Muskingum County. It was named after the island of Guernsey, the second largest of the British Channel Islands, the origin of some of the first settlers in this area.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Guernsey County 40 792 people in 16,094 households and 11,233 families. The population density was 30 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 96.28 percent White, 1.53 percent African American, 0.31 percent Native American, 0.30 percent Asian, and 0.22 percent from other races; 1.36 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.62 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 16,094 households out of which 32.4 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 53.9 percent were married couples living together, 11.4 percent were single mothers, 30.2 percent were non-families, 26.1 percent of all households and 11.2 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.

Based on the county the population was spread out 26.2 percent of residents under the age of 18, 7.9 percent between 18 and 24 years, 27.5 percent between 25 and 44 years, 24.0 percent between 45 and 64 years and 14.5 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 30,110, and the median income for a family was $ 35,660. Males have a median income of $ 30,142, women $ 20,804. The per capita income was $ 15,542. 12.9 percent of families and 16.0 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 21.5 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 12.3 percent of those 65 years.