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Erie County, Ohio

US county information
NameErie County
StateOhio
SeatSandusky
Largest citySandusky
US Area
Total Area626 sq mi (1621.3 km2)
Land Area255 sq mi (660.5 km2)
Water Area371 sq mi (960.9 km2)
Population79551 (2000)
Density120.4/km2 (312/sq mi)
FoundedMarch 16, 1838
Named forthe Erie (tribe)
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Erie County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of 2010, the population was 77,079. Its county seat is Sandusky and is named for the Erie (tribe), whose name was their word for "wildcat". It is home to the amusement park Cedar Point. It was formed in 1838 from the northern third of Huron County, and a portion of Sandusky County. It is part of the Sandusky Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Erie County.

Erie County was designated a Metropolitan Statistical Area with Sandusky as its principal city in 2003.


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