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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.

Stark County, Ohio

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Stark County is a county located in the state of Ohio. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 375,586. Its county seat is Canton. The county was created in 1808 and organized the next year. It is named for John Stark, an officer in the American Revolutionary War.

Stark County is included in the Canton-Massillon, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Stark County Name

Residents named the county in honor of General John Stark, a hero of the American Revolution.


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Stark County History

On February 13, 1808, the Ohio government authorized the creation of Stark County. Residents named the county in honor of General John Stark, a hero of the American Revolution.

Stark County is located in northeastern Ohio. The county seat is Canton, which is the county's largest population center, with 80,806 residents in 2000. The county experienced a 2.9 percent increase in population between 1990 and 2000, raising the number of residents to 378,098 people. An average of 656 people live in each of Stark County's 576 square miles.

Stark County remains heavily rural, with urban areas comprising just five percent of the county's land mass. With 1,300 farms existing in the county, many residents find employment in agriculture, but manufacturing establishments, sales positions, and service industries are the county's largest employers. Stark County also has an active tourist industry, including the President William McKinley National Memorial, the First Ladies Museum, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, among numerous other sites. The county's average income was 25,214 dollars per person in 1999, with 10.5 percent of the population living in poverty.

Most voters in Stark County claim to be independents, yet in recent years, they have supported Republican Party candidates by slim margins at the national level.

The county also boasts numerous famous residents, including President of the United States William McKinley, First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley, and early industrialist Bezaleel Wells.

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

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 581 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) (0.9%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Portage County (north)
  • Mahoning County (northeast)
  • Columbiana County (east)
  • Carroll County (southeast)
  • Tuscarawas County (south)
  • Holmes County (southwest)
  • Wayne County (west)
  • Summit County (northwest)


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