Facts about Athens County, Ohio
Athens County is a county in southeastern Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,757. Its county seat is Athens. The county was formed in 1805 from Washington County. Because the original state university (Ohio University) was founded there in 1804, the town and the county were named for the ancient center of learning, Athens, Greece. Athens County comprises the Athens, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.
The county has a total area of 508 square miles (1,320 km²), of which 504 square miles (1,310 km²) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km²) (1.0%) is water. Athens County is located in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau region of Ohio. It features steep, rugged hills, with typical relief of 150 to 400 feet, deeply dissected by stream valleys, many of them remnant from the ancient Teays River drainage system. Most of Athens County is within the Hocking River watershed, with smaller areas in the Shade River and Raccoon Creek watersheds. The Hocking River joins the Ohio River at the unincorporated village of Hockingport in Athens County.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 64,757 people, 23,578 households, and 12,453 families residing in the county. The population density was 128.6 inhabitants per square mile (49.7/km²). There were 26,385 housing units at an average density of 52.4 per square mile (20.2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.8% white, 2.7% black or African American, 2.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 22.1% were German, 15.2% were American, 14.0% were Irish, 10.4% were English, and 5.5% were Italian.
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