Morrow County is a great place to live! Only thirty minutes north of Columbus, Ohio, Morrow County offers residents four great school systems, a fantastic public golf course, a beautiful State Park, community recreation centers with ball diamonds, tennis courts and swimming pools, churches of all denominations, and a very peaceful, rural, "small town" atmosphere. Find out more about Morrow County and all that it has to offer!
Strategically located in the heart of Ohio, Morrow County lies between the industrial complex in the northwestern part of the state and the metropolitan area of Columbus. The county was formed in 1848 from parts of Richland, Marion, Delaware and Knox counties. It includes slightly more than a quarter of million acres of land area.
The estimated 2012 population of the county was 34,938. Morrow is one of the most rural counties of Ohio. Nearly 7,133 people live just within the seven incorporated villages of Mt. Gilead, Cardington, Edison, Marengo, Fulton, Chesterville and Sparta.
The county lies astride the line dividing the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and the prairie lands of the Midwest. The western one-third of the county is level, while the eastern two-thirds is gently rolling.
Morrow County's historic World War I Victory Shaft, unique to the United States, is located in the center of downtown Mount Gilead. Other areas interesting to the tourists include: Mount Gilead State Park; Amish farms and businesses near Johnsville and Chesterville; the Mid-Ohio Race Track near Steam Corners; the rolling Allegheny foothills of eastern Morrow County; the site of the birthplace of President Warren G. Harding near Blooming Grove; the site of the former Ohio Central College in Iberia; the early 19th-century architecture of buildings in Chesterville, Ohio; the Revolutionary War Soldiers' Memorial in Mount Gilead; the Civil War Monument in Cardington; and the Mid-19th-Century architecture of the Morrow County Courthouse and Old Jail in Mount Gilead.
The economy of the county represents a fine balance between agriculture, industry and commerce. Income from the 880 farms amounts to over forty million dollars per year. Because of the rapid technological changes in agriculture, about 60 percent of the farm operations hold jobs off the farms.
Edco Producing, Inc., located in Mt. Gilead, is an oil, gas drilling and producing company serving throughout Ohio. Earthworm Construction Company, Inc., in Iberia performs asphalt paving in Morrow County and surrounding counties as well. Levering's Plumbing Service, located in Cardington, are professionals in the electric, plumbing, heating and air conditioning field. They are the largest firm of this kind in the area. Cardington Yutaka Technologies, Inc., located in Cardington, manufactures catalytic and torque converters and oil pans for the automotive industry. Gerich Fiberglass, located on U.S. 42, manufactures fibercore trailers and kiosks. Transportation facilities in Morrow County are excellent. In addition to adequate railroad service, the county is served by a network of important highways. Two interchanges of Interstate 71, known as the north-south Ohio freeway are located in the county. Routes 42, 61, 95, 229 and 30-S are important links in the transportation facilities of the county. Also available is an airstrip located between Mount Gilead and Cardington.