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Perry County, Ohio

US county information
NamePerry County
SeatNew Lexington
Largest cityNew Lexington
US Area
Total Area413 sq mi (1069.7 km2)
Land Area410 sq mi (1061.9 km2)
Water Area3 sq mi (7.8 km2)
Population34078 (2000)
Density32/km2 (83/sq mi)
Named forOliver Hazard Perry
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Perry County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. Founded on March 1, 1818, it was the 55th county to be formed in Ohio. Portions of Fairfield, Washington and Muskingum Counties were taken to create Perry County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,058. Its county seat is New Lexington , and it is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero of the War of 1812. One of the poorest counties in the state, this is where the lawsuit challenging Ohio's school funding system, DeRolph v. State, began.

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