is a county
located in the state
, United States
. As of the 2000 census
, the population was 128,852. It is included in the Mansfield, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area
It is named for the fertile soil found there. Its county seat is Mansfield.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 500 square miles
).497 square miles (1,287 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.69%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 128,852 people, 49,534 households, and 34,277 families residing in the county. The population density
was 259 people per square mile (100/km²). There were 53,062 housing units at an average density of 107 per square mile (41/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.16% White
, 9.43% Black
or African American
, 0.20% Native American
, 0.51% Asian
, 0.03% Pacific Islander
, 0.38% from other races
, and 1.28% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 96.0% spoke English
, 1.2% German
and 1.2% Spanish
as their first language.
There were 49,534 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,397, and the median income for a family was $45,036. Males had a median income of $35,425 versus $22,859 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,582. About 8.20% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.
Roster of county officials
- Commissioners: Ed Olson, Gary Utt, Tim Wert
- Prosecutor: James J. Mayer, Jr.
- Sheriff: J. Steve Sheldon
- Auditor: Patrick W. Dropsey
- Recorder: Sarah Davis
- Clerk of Courts: Linda H. Frary
- Engineer: Tom Beck
- Judge, Common Pleas Court: James DeWeese
- Judge, Common Pleas Court: James D. Henson
- Judge, Common Pleas Court (Domestic): Robert L. Konstam