Preble County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
Ohio's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 1, 1808|
|Named for||Edward Preble|
|• Total||426 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Land||424 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Water||2.3 sq mi (6 km2) 0.5%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||100/sq mi (40/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Preble County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,270. Its county seat is Eaton. The county was formed on February 15, 1808 from portions of Butler and Montgomery Counties. It is named for Edward Preble, a naval officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War and against the Barbary Pirates.
- Darke County (north)
- Montgomery County (east)
- Butler County (south)
- Union County, Indiana (southwest)
- Wayne County, Indiana (northwest)
Rivers and streams
- Little Four Mile Creek
- Harker's Run
- Seven Mile Creek
- Twin Creek
- Price Creek
- Goose Creek
- Pottinger Run
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 42,337 people, 16,001 households, and 12,144 families living in the county. The population density was 100 people per square mile (38/km2). There were 17,186 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.47% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 16,001 households, out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.50% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.10% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $42,093, and the median income for a family was $47,547. Males had a median income of $35,313 versus $23,573 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,444. About 4.50% of families and 6.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.00% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 42,270 people, 16,341 households, and 11,867 families living in the county. The population density was 99.7 inhabitants per square mile (38.5/km2). There were 17,888 housing units at an average density of 42.2 per square mile (16.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 34.3% were German, 14.6% were Irish, 12.7% were American, and 11.5% were English.
Of the 16,341 households, 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.4% were non-families, and 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 40.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $49,780 and the median income for a family was $57,711. Males had a median income of $46,383 versus $30,876 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,290. About 6.3% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.
Preble County is a Republican stronghold county in presidential elections. The last time it supported a Democratic nominee was for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
Public school districts
- Eaton Community Schools
- Eaton High School, Eaton (the Eagles)
- National Trail Local School District
- National Trail High School, New Paris (the Blazers)
- Preble Shawnee Local School District
- Preble Shawnee High School, Camden (the Arrows)
- Tri-County North Local School District
- Tri-County North High School, Lewisburg (the Panthers)
- Twin Valley Community Local School District
- Twin Valley South High School, West Alexandria (the Panthers)
- Union County College Corner Joint School District (the Patriots)
- College Corner Union School (grades K-5) is physically located in both Ohio and Indiana (the state line runs through the middle of the building) and serves students from both College Corner, Ohio, and West College Corner, Indiana. After finishing fifth grade, Preble County students attend Union County Middle School and Union County High School, both located across the state line in Liberty, Indiana.
- Sinclair Community College
- Preble County Learning Center, Eaton
- Eaton (county seat)
Other unincorporated communities
- Sherwood Anderson - writer
- Victor J. Banis - "the godfather of modern popular gay fiction."
- Benjamin Hanby - wrote the Christmas carol "Up On The House Top" while living in Preble County.
- Andrew L. Harris - Civil War general and former governor of Ohio.
- William Stephens - former governor of California.
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- Preble County Commissioners
- Eaton-Preble County Chamber of Commerce
- Preble County District Library
- Preble County Information Resource