BY ED GEBERT
Business Journal Writer
BELLEFONTAINE — Logan County consists of 458.5 square miles of land and is populated by 45,481 persons. The county seat, Bellefontaine, has an estimated population of 12,737 as of 2007. The Village of West Liberty has a 2007 estimated population of 1,738, and the estimated population of the Village of Russells Point is 1,529.
Of Logan County’s land cover, more than 52 percent is used as cropland. Another 31 percent is forest, and 8.7 percent is pasture. An average of 100 persons live per square mile of the 458.5 square miles of the county.
The county is also home to six state parks, forests, nature preserves, and wildlife areas, consisting of 6,750.41 acres. Among those is Indian Lake State Park situated along the 5,800-acre Indian Lake which was formerly known as Lewistown Reservoir. The lake was created with the combination of several small lakes and wetlands at the beginning of the Great Miami River. Nearby is Mad River Mountain ski resort and the Ohio and Zane Caverns.
The taxable value of real property is $852,786,270, the bulk of that is residential — $605,687,500. The Ohio income tax liability is $28,813,867, which averages at $1,303.32 per return.
The largest employer in the county is Honda’s East Liberty Plant which employs 2,200 who manufacture the Honda Civic. The Honda Transmission plant near Russells Point has another 1,000 employees making transmissions for Honda vehicles. Logan County itself has 1,030 employees involved in the county government. Nearly 600 work at Midwest Express, a trucking firm in East Liberty, the Transportation Research Center employs 512 people who provide research and testing services for industry and for government agencies. AGC Automotive Americas in Bellefontaine has 407 employees who manufacture vehicle windows and windshields.
The school districts are also major employers. Bellefontaine City School District has 345 workers in this public school district. Indian Lake School District, a public school system located in Lewistown, has 220 workers. In all, there are 17 public schools in Logan County with a student-teacher ratio of 16.9. The graduation rate in the county is 93.4 percent. Also in the county are West Liberty Schools, Benjamin Logan Schools, and Riverside Schools.
Higher education opportunities are available at the Bellefontaine campus of Clark State Community College and at Urbana University. Urbana classes are offered in Bellefontaine at Ohio Hi-Point Center.
Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine is a 105-bed facility which includes Logan View and the Rehab Center. The organization has 630 employees.
Local media are the Bellefontaine Examiner, the local newspaper, and radio stations WPKO and WBLL.
Retail sales in Logan County total approximately $420,671,000 with another near $400,000,000 in wholesale sales. This makes retail sales per capita at $9,042.
Homeownership in Logan County is 73.3 percent with the median value of owner-occupied housing units at $122,000. There are 18,050 households in the county with an average household size of 2.5 persons. The median household annual income is $47,345, just below the state median of $48,246. Approximately 15.6 percent of residents live below the poverty level, slightly worse than the state average of 15.4 percent.
Of all persons 25 and older in the county, nearly 52 percent are high school graduates while another 15.6 percent also had some college, but no degree. In addition, approximately 11.6 percent of Logan County residents have an undergraduate degree while 4.5 percent have a Master’s degree or higher.
The Logan County Libraries have a main library in Bellefontaine and branch libraries in the villages of DeGraff, East Liberty, Lakeview, Rushsylvania, West Liberty, and West Mansfield. The Sloan Library is located in Zanesfield and the Belle Center Free Public Library is in Belle Center.