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Stark County, Ohio

Stark County is a county located in the U.S. State of Ohio. As of 2000, the population is 378,098. Its county seat is Canton6.

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Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,505 km² (581 mi²). 1,492 km² (576 mi²) of it is land and 12 km² (5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.82% water.


Stark County was named in honor of American Revolutionary War General John Stark.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 378,098 people, 148,316 households, and 102,782 families residing in the county. The population density is 253/km² (656/mi²). There are 157,024 housing units at an average density of 105/km² (272/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 90.28% White, 7.20% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 148,316 households out of which 31.00% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% are married couples living together, 11.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% are non-families. 26.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.49 and the average family size is 3.00.

In the county, the population is spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $39,824, and the median income for a family is $47,747. Males have a median income of $37,065 versus $23,875 for females. The per capita income for the county is $20,417. 9.20% of the population and 6.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.90% are under the age of 18 and 6.60% are 65 or older.

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