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Washington County

January 23, 2008
Marietta Times

Washington County
has deep roots

Washington County is the home to two cities, Belpre and Marietta, as well as the villages of Beverly, Lowell, Macksburg, Lowell, Lower Salem and New Matamoras. Dozens of other communities also dot the landscape of the 635 square mile county. The names of many of the communities have interesting origins.

Belpre | More >>
Belpre is popular with industry, tourists

The Ohio River and two major motor routes converge in Belpre where a keen sense of history meshes with a large industrial base and a growing effort to attract tourists.

Beverly | More >>
Farming and industry mainstays of Beverly

The village, founded in 1789 by 19 families, is located on the banks of the Muskingum River. The main route to Beverly is Ohio 60. It's located about 20 miles north of Marietta.

Williamstown | More >>
Located across the Ohio River from Marietta, Ohio, Williamstown, W.Va., is a small but thriving community that boasts schools, businesses, parks and recreation, and affordable housing.

Lowell | More >>
This rural village lies between two ridges on the banks of the Muskingum River. Served by Ohio 60 and one traffic light, this third settlement of the Northwest Territory was founded in 1788 but wasn't fully settled until 1795.

Macksburg| More >>
Macksburg is simple to get to. While most people would think of Macksburg as just an exit off the interstate, it really is a community that relies on family, friends, neighbors and children to survive.

New Matamoras | More >>
Ohio 7 runs through the heart of this Ohio River community that took its name from the Battle of Matamoras during the Mexican-American War.

Lower Salem | More >>
Lower Salem is the smallest incorporated area in Washington County and is located on Ohio 821 on the banks of Duck Creek.

Facts about Washington County

As of the 2000 census, the population was 63,251. Its county seat is Marietta. The county, the oldest in the state, is named for George Washington. Washington County is included in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, West Virginia-Ohio (part) Metropolitan Statistical Area.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 640 square miles (1,658 km).635 square miles (1,645 km) of it is land and 5 square miles (13 km) of it (0.78%) is water.

As of the census of 2000, there were 63,251 people, 25,137 households, and 17,671 families residing in the county. The population density was 100 people per square mile (38/km). There were 27,760 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile (17/km). The racial makeup of the county was 97.33% White, 0.92% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,137 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,275, and the median income for a family was $41,605. Males had a median income of $32,034 versus $21,346 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,082. About 8.60% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.




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