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There is eighty-eight counties in the state of Ohio. Washington County the oldest in the state established on July 27, 1788. Noble County was formed on March 11, 1851 from portions of Guernsey, Morgan, Monroe and Washington counties. It was the last county to be formed in Ohio and, therefore, represents the youngest county in the state.

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Lake County, Ohio

Lake County Education, Geography, and HistoryLake County, Ohio Courthouse

Lake County is a county located in the state of Ohio. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 230,041. The county seat is Painesville. The county was established on March 6, 1840, from land given by Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties. Its name is derived from its location on the southern shore of Lake Erie.

Lake County is part of the Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Lake County Name

The county is named for Lake Erie, which forms Lake County's northern border.


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Lake County History

On March 6, 1840, the Ohio government authorized the creation of Lake County. It originally was a portion of Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties. It also was originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. The county is named for Lake Erie, which forms Lake County's northern border. Among the county's earliest white settlers were the Mormons, who established a temple at Kirtland in 1833. Due to the opposition of their neighbors, many Mormons eventually fled from Ohio, moving further west.

Lake County is located in northeastern Ohio and covers 228 square miles. It is the smallest county territorially in Ohio. The county has grown dramatically in recent years, as residents of nearby Cleveland in Cuyahoga County have moved to Lake and surrounding counties to escape the busyness of the city. Between 1990 and 2000, Lake County's population increased by 5.6 percent to a total of 227,511 residents in 2000. Mentor is the largest community in the county, with over fifty thousand residents in 2000. The county seat of Painesville ranked a distant fourth in size, with just over 17,500 residents in 2000. The county averages 998 residents per square mile.

Lake County is overwhelmingly rural, but most residents earn their livings by working in manufacturing, sales, or service positions. Farming ranks eighth. Tourism is a major industry for the county. Lake County is well known for its fish, including walleye, steelhead trout, and jumbo perch. The county is also home to the Holden Arboretum, which some people claim is the largest arboretum in the United States. The county's average income was approximately twenty-nine thousand dollars per person in 1999, with 5.7 percent of the population living in poverty.

Most voters in Lake County claim to be independents, yet in recent years, they have supported Republican candidates at the national level.

United States President James A. Garfield ranks among Lake County's most famous residents. Ohio Governor Samuel Huntington was born in the county

Lake County, Ohio History Central, July 24, 2008,

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 979 square miles (2,540 km2), of which 227 square miles (590 km2) is land and 752 square miles (1,950 km2) (77%) is water. It is the smallest county in Ohio by land area but the third-largest by total area. It borders Ontario across Lake Erie.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Across Lake Erie lies Elgin County, Ontario, Canada (north)
  • Ashtabula County (east)
  • Geauga County (south and east)
  • Cuyahoga County (south and west)


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