Meigs County (Ohio)

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


The County is located in southern Ohio, adjacent to West Virginia and has an area of 1120 square kilometers, of which eight square kilometers of water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Athens County, Wood County (West Virginia), Jackson County ( West Virginia), Mason County ( West Virginia), Gallia County and Vinton County.


Meigs County was formed on January 21, 1819 from parts of Athens County and the defunct Gallatin County. It was named for Return Jonathan Meigs junior, the fourth Governor of Ohio and the eighth Postmaster General to time of the founding of the county.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Meigs County 23 072 people in 9,234 households and 6,574 families. The population density was 21 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 97.73 percent White, 0.69 percent African American, 0.27 percent Native American, 0.10 percent Asian, and 0.25 percent from other races; 0.96 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.60 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 9,234 households out of which 31.2 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 56.9 percent were married couples living together, 10.0 percent were single mothers, 28.8 percent were non-families, 25.0 percent of all households and 11.7 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94.

Based on the county the population was spread from 23.9 percent population under 18 years, 8.4 percent between 18 and 24 years, 27.7 percent between 25 and 44 years, 25.2 percent between 45 and 64 years and 14.8 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 27,287, and the median income for a family was $ 33,071. Males have a median income of $ 30,821, women $ 19,621. The per capita income was $ 13,848. 14.3 percent of families and 19.8 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 26.3 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 14.5 percent of those 65 years.