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Information about Hardin County's local government, villages, and townships.
Hardin County has easily accessible transportation; such as highways, airports and rail.
Local Media
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Economic Profile
A detailed economic profile of Hardin County.
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County History
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Top Employers
A directory of the top employers in Hardin County.
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Health Care
Local Government
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Welcome To Hardin County

Hardin County Logo: A great place to Live, Work & Prosper
Welcome to Hardin County, “a great place to live, work and prosper.”  Hardin County is a fantastic location for you to build, invest, work, live, learn and love!

Hardin County is located in northwest Ohio, about a 60-minute drive time from Columbus and Toledo, Ohio. Our location is referred to as the heartland region, given we are 500 miles within 60% of the U.S. population and centralized to major U.S. cities with corporate headquarters, retail operations, manufacturing facilities.

The population in Hardin County is over 32,000, with a regional population (within 45 minutes) over 820,000, making it a strong centralized hub within northwest Ohio.

The county is made up of 9 communities (Ada, Alger, Dunkirk, Forest, Kenton, McGuffey, Mt. Victory, Patterson and Ridgeway) and 15 townships with the City of Kenton serving as the county seat.


There are six outstanding local school districts in Hardin County, all with excellent administrators, teachers and staff, as well as new state-of-the-art school facilities. These school districts include: Ada Exempted Village School District; Hardin Northern Local School District; Kenton City School District; Ridgemont Local School District; Upper Scioto Valley Local School District; and Riverdale School District (which is a multi-county district). All of these districts have had voter support for new schools built over the past few years, as recently as 2014.
Visit Ada Exempted Village SchoolsVisit Hardin Northern Local SchoolsVisit Kenton City SchoolsVisit Ridgemont Local SchoolsVisit Riverdale Local SchoolsVisit Upper Scioto Valley Local Schools
Visit Ohio Northern University
Ohio Northern University (ONU), located in the Village of Ada, has a 93 percent job and graduate school placement rate. Its long-standing success is partly because of excellent professors, partly because of ambitious students, and partly because the University always been rooted in the future. At ONU, students move toward a career long before they graduate – and ONU’s alumni successes prove it. With top-ranked programs and opportunities outside the classroom, any path a student chooses at ONU will be grounded in concrete applications for the future.

Established in 1871 and comprised of five colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law), ONU’s beautiful residential campus is made up of more than 60 modern residences and academic buildings and provides a vibrant campus experience. Ohio Northern’s campus is situated on 342 beautiful acres and is easily accessible by major highways and conveniently located near major Ohio cities such as Columbus, Dayton and Toledo, and Fort Wayne, Ind.

Health Care

Ohio Health Hardin Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit acute care facility located in Kenton, Ohio, has been providing quality health care to residents of Hardin County and surrounding communities for more than 60 years. In December of 2002, Hardin Memorial was designated as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). This designation is awarded to select small, rural hospitals and allows them to receive cost-based reimbursement for services provided to Medicare patients.

With a staff of over 200, the hospital is able to provide acute and short-term skilled care, a full range of outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services utilizing state-of-the-art technology, rehabilitation and physical therapy services, as well as numerous community programs and services. The 24-hour emergency department is staffed by nurses and physicians specially trained in emergency care. The urgent care facility offers prompt care for everything from flu to fractures, seven days a week. Hardin Memorial also offers the convenience of a multi-specialty center in which a variety of specialists are able to treat and diagnose patients locally.

Hardin Memorial is a member hospital of OhioHealth and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. As a part of a developing community-based health care system, the hospital provides the needed services or links residents to services not available in the county.

In addition, Lima Memorial has two walk-in care facilities in both Ada and Kenton, Ohio, and Mercy Health has a medical practice facility in Ada, Ohio.
Hardin Memorial Hospital

Local Government

Hardin County Courthouse
The City of Kenton has a local government that includes a Mayor, City Council, Auditor, Treasurer, and Municipal Court. The city has its own legal counsel, as well as Safety Service Director and various boards and commissions. Kenton also has its own fire and police departments, public library and post office.

There are eight villages located in Hardin County.  Each village has an elected Mayor, City Council members, and a Clerk. Each village also has its own legal counsel as well as advisory commissions. Some of the villages have an administrator, as well as departments for water, sewer, street and safety. Each village is also supported by a fire department, public library and post office.

There are also 15 townships in the county, each governed by an elected, three-member board of trustees and a fiscal officer.

For more information about local government resources in Hardin County, please visit the Hardin County Courthouse website.


The county is easily accessible by U.S. Route 68, a major north/south route for trade and transportation and State Routes 31, 53, 67, 81, 117, 195, 235, 273, 292, and 309. Hardin County also has close proximity (within one mile) from U.S. Route 30, a major east/west transportation route throughout the Midwest. The Scioto River is located in Hardin County as well as the Continental Divide watershed for the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.

Hardin County Airport (FAA LID: I95) is the largest paved facility and is located 3 miles south of Kenton, Ohio on CR 135. The runway is 4,803 feet long at an elevation of 1,030 feet. Maintenance, fuel and storage are available.

Ada Airport (FAA LID: 0D7) is a privately owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) northwest of the central business district of the Village of Ada in the northwest part of the county.

Mt. Victory Airport (FAA LID: 074), known as Elliott's Landing, is a privately owned, public-use 2900 feet tiled, grass sod air landing strip, just South of Mt. Victory and adjacent to the Plaza Inn Casual Family Restaurant. Parking available for those dinning at the restaurant.

CSX Corporation has several rail lines and service in the city of Kenton and villages throughout Hardin County. Some lines are direct service to industrial parks and to manufacturing facilities and agribusinesses.
Hardin County Map

Local Media

Visit SHINE FMVisit Kenton TimesVisit The Ada HeraldVisit WKTNVisit Ada IconVisit WONB

Economic Profile

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The Hardin County Economic Profile includes information on population by demographics, population by age, employment and income, jobs and occupation, education and top employers.

Click here to download a full pdf.


There are a variety of detailed maps that include information about the reach to distant cities by car, locations of airports, nearest ports and major class I rail carrier routes.

Click here to download a full pdf.
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County History

Hardin County is located in the West Central portion of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,058. Its county seat is Kenton.

The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1833. It is named for John Hardin, an officer in the American Revolution.
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Top Employers

Graphic Packaging International
692 Employees

1300 S. Main
Kenton, Ohio 43326

Ohio Northern University
652 Employees

525 S. Main St.
Ada, Ohio 45810

Hardin County Government
398 Employees

One Courthouse Square, Suite 100
Kenton, Ohio 43326

Kenton City Schools
261 Employees

222 W. Carol St.
Kenton, Ohio 43326

Ada Technologies, Inc.
206 Employees

805 E. North St.
Ada, Ohio 45810

Precision Strip, Inc.
174 Employees

190 Bales Road
Kenton, Ohio


Triumph Thermal Systems
163 Employees

200 Railroad St.
Forest, Ohio 45843

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital
160 Employees

921 E. Franklin St.
Kenton, Ohio 43326

Wilson Sporting Goods
130 Employees

217 N. Liberty St.
Ada, Ohio 45810


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