Holmes County, Ohio

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Holmes County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of 2000, the population was 38,943. It was formed in 1824 from portions of Coshocton, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties and organized the following year. The county was named after Andrew Holmes, an officer killed in the War of 1812.[2] Its county seat is Millersburg.[3] Holmes County is home to the world's largest population of Amish residents, which draw many visitors to the county, thus making tourism an important sector of the local economy.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 424 square miles (1,098.2 km2). 423 square miles (1,095.6 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.24%) is water.

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History

Holmes County was formed on January 20, 1824 from portions of Coshocton, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties. It was named after Abdrew Holmes, an officer in the War of 1812.

Demographics


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 38,943 people, 11,337 households, and 9,194 families residing in the county. The population density was 92 people per square mile (36/km²). There were 12,280 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.03% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population. 56.1% spoke English, 20.1% Pennsylvania Dutch, 15.8% German and 7.1% Dutch as their first language.

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