Historical

  • Ottawa County was formed March 6, 1840
  • Ottawa County is located on Lake Erie about 15 miles southeast of Toledo, Ohio.
  • Ottawa County is made up by various communities that include seven (7) villages, twelve (12) townships and the only city in Ottawa County, Port Clinton.
  • The county’s peninsula and the islands to the north were part of the Connecticut Western Reserve.
  • During the War of 1812 the fleet of Commodore Oliver H. Perry put in near South Bass Island before defeating the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. The site is now called Put-in-Bay.
  • Built in 1820, the oldest lighthouse in Ohio stands at the top of Marblehead peninsula

Leading Industry

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Custom Machining & Fabrication
  • Polymers/Plastics
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Travel & Tourism

Economic Highlights

  • Major manufacturing industries include rubber and plastics, primary metals, and stone-clay-glass
  • 200+ licensed marinas and 15,000+ docks
  • $233 million taxes generated by tourism in our region
  • 13,831 full-time equivalent jobs the tourism industry employs
  • Tourism generates $1.9 billion in annual sales
    • Lodging Sales = $173,366,769
    • Lodging Tax = $3,710,252
    • Local Sales Tax = $24,183,455
  • Direct Spending
    • Retail 31%
    • Recreation 20%
    • Lodging 19%
    • Food & Beverage 18%
    • Transportation 12%

Award Winning Education

  • All six public school districts and three private K-5 schools all have achieved a minimum of the state’s second highest rating of “effective” or higher.
  • The Benton-Carroll-Salem Elementary School received the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Designation and Port Clinton City Schools Middle School was named “High Progress School of Honor”  by the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Average student teacher ratio for the county is 15.5:1 which is level with the state and national averages of 15.3:1, providing