Perry County, Ohio

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Perry County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. Founded on March 1, 1818, it was the 55th county to be formed in Ohio. Portions of Fairfield, Washington and Muskingum Counties were taken to create Perry County. As of the 2000 census, the population was 34,078. Its county seat is New Lexington[2], and it is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero of the War of 1812.[3] One of the poorest counties in the state, this is where the lawsuit challenging Ohio's school funding system, DeRolph v. State, began.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 413 square miles (1,069 km²).410 square miles (1,061 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) of it (0.68%) is water.

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As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 34,078 people, 12,500 households, and 9,350 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 13,655 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 0.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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