Licking County, Ohio

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Licking County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 145,491. Its county seat is Newark[2] and is named for the salt licks that were in the area.[3]

Licking County is part of the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 688 square miles (1,783 km²).686 square miles (1,778 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) of it (0.27%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Licking County was formed on January 30, 1808 from portions of Fairfield County. It was named after the salt licks which were to be found in the area.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 146,491 people, 55,609 households, and 40,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 212 people per square mile (82/km²). There were 58,760 housing units at an average density of 86 per square mile (33/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.64% White, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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