Vinton County, Ohio

Vinton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio of the United States. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is McArthur.


The County is located in south-central Ohio and has an area of 1075 square kilometers, of which two square miles are water. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Hocking County, Athens County, Meigs County, Gallia County, Jackson County and Ross County.


Vinton County was formed on March 23, 1850 from parts of Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson and Ross County. It was named for Samuel Finley Vinton, a politician and several times a member of the House of Representatives.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Vinton County 12,806 people in 4,892 households and 3,551 families. The population density was 12 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 98.08 percent White, 0.35 percent African American, 0.45 percent Native American, 0.09 percent Asian, and 0.08 percent from other races; 0.95 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.47 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 4,892 households out of which 34.0 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 57.2 percent were married couples living together, 10.2 percent were single mothers, 27.4 percent were non-families, 23.6 percent of all households and 9.4 percent had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.04.

Based on the county the population was spread from 26.9 percent population under 18 years, 8.8 percent between 18 and 24 years, 29.0 percent between 25 and 44 years, 23.1 percent between 45 and 64 years and 12.1 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 29,465, and the median income for a family was $ 34,371. Males have a median income of $ 30,936, women $ 21,257. The per capita income was $ 13,731. 15.1 percent of families and 20.0 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 27.6 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 13.5 percent of those 65 years.