Ross County, Ohio

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


The County is located in south-central Ohio and has an area of 1795 square kilometers, of which twelve square kilometers of water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Pickaway County, Hocking County, Vinton County, Jackson County, Pike County, Highland County and Fayette County.


Ross County was formed on August 20, 1798 from parts of Adams County and Washington County. It was named after James Ross, a politician and senator from Pennsylvania.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Ross County 73 345 people in 27 136 households, and 19,185 families. The population density was 41 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 91.74 percent White, 6.20 percent African American, 0.31 percent Native American, 0.35 percent Asian, 0.02 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.19 percent from other races groups; 1.20 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.58 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 27 136 households out of which 32.7 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 55.2 percent were married couples living together, 11.1 percent were single mothers, 29.3 percent were non-families, 24.9 percent of all households and 10.3 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.97.

Based on the county the population was spread out 24.0 percent of residents under the age of 18, 8.6 percent between 18 and 24 years, 31.6 percent between 25 and 44 years, 23.6 percent between 45 and 64 years and 12.2 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 108.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were statistically 109.0 males.

The median income for a household was $ 37,117, and the median income for a family was $ 43,241. Males had a median income of $ 35,892, women $ 23,399. The per capita income was $ 17,569. 9.1 percent of families and 12.0 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 15.1 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 10.2 percent of those 65 years.