Welcome to Hardin County, “a great place to live, work and prosper,” the new county motto and logo developed in 2014 by the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance. The new logo promotes the best of Hardin County and its communities, and a fantastic location for you to build here, invest here, work here, live here, learn here and love it here!
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.
Hardin County was founded in 1820 and later organized in 1833. It is named for John Hardin, an officer in the American Revolution.
Primarily an agricultural area since its early existence, Hardin County today continues to be very active in farming and agribusiness, but has made great advancements in manufacturing, medical, technology and higher education with local, national and international influence. 
Some of Hardin County’s top employers and notable businesses include: Ohio Northern University, International Paper (Fortune 200 Company), Ada Technologies, Hardin Memorial Hospital, Triumph Thermal Systems, Precision Strip, Wilson Sporting Goods (home of the NFL Football), Kenton Iron Products, Robinson Fin Machines, SBHPP Durez Corp., Associated Plastics, Harvest Pride Tortilla & Chips, Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Hedstrom Plastics West, WIWA and Sekisui Plastics USA, the newest manufacturing facility to locate in Hardin County as its second facility in North America.  
Hardin County has many unique shopping and dining experiences, such as the downtown shopping districts in Ada, Kenton and Mt. Victory, multiple options for entertainment and fitness, plus numerous historical sites, including the Old Order Amish.  Annual events featured in the county include; the Hardin County Fair; July Fourth Celebrations; Farmer’s & Merchant Picnic; Harvest & Herb Festival; Antique Car Show & Petroliana Swap Meet; Tree Town Festival; Christmas Around the Square; Eats on the Street Friday Night Food Truck Fest and numerous holiday parades. 
Overnight accommodations in Hardin County include two hotels: The Inn at Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio) and Country Hearth Inns & Suites (Kenton, Ohio) two motels; B&J Motel and the Kenwood Motel (Both in Kenton, Ohio) and the new Easter House Bed and Breakfast in Ada, Ohio.


Cities: Population
Kenton (County Seat) 8,201


Villages: Population
Ada 5,823
Alger 844
Dunkirk 865
Forest 1,434
McGuffey 490
Mt. Victory 617
Patterson 139
Ridgeway 336
Taylor Creek


Unincorporated Communities
Grassy Point
Pfeiffer Station
Silver Creek

Local Government

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 Elliotts 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 Restraunt.  Parking available for those dinning at the restraunt.
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.


PreK-12 Schools: 
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 mutli-county district).  All of these districts have had voter support for new schools  built over the past few years, as recently as 2014. 

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.
Students can choose from a variety of campus activities including nearly 200 student organizations; four national sororities and five national fraternities; fine arts, music, and theatrical events; and intramural and club sports. Residence hall living is an integral part of the educational program, contributing to a student’s personal development. There are nine residence halls on campus as well as eight campus apartment complexes and an Affinity Housing complex.
The ONU Polar Bears compete successfully at the NCAA Division III level in 23 varsity sports as part of the highly respected Ohio Athletic Conference. ONU has 12 men’s teams (baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling) and 11 women’s teams (basketball, cross-country, fast-pitch softball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball).
The University believes that ONU students deserve an education that prepares them for the world ahead. Ohio Northern believes that values can’t be overlooked. ONU believes that college should be treated as an investment. And the University believes that time spent at ONU paves the way for the rest of a student’s life. With Ada as a backdrop and ONU as a guide, there’s no limit to what can be achieved.
College & Career Training Centers: 
Within a 45 mile radius is several college and career training centers, with some having strategic partnerships with our schools, businesses and organizations in Hardin County. (Partial List)
  • Apollo Career Center
  • Ohio State University Lima
  • Bluffton University
  • Ohio State University Marion
  • Brown Mackie College
  • Owens Community College
  • Marion Technical College
  • Rhodes State College
  • Mill Stream Career Center
  • Tri-River Career Center
  • Ohio Hi Point Joint Vocational
  • University of Findlay
  • Ohio State Beauty Academy
  • University of Northwestern Ohio


OhioHealth 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. 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 announced a new medical practice facility in Ada, Ohio, opening in Spring 2016.

Local Media

Two newspapers operate in Hardin County, the daily The Kenton Times in Kenton, Ohio and the weekly The Ada Herald in the Village of Ada. 
The Ada Icon is an online news publication.  
Radio stations include WKTN 95.3 FM in Kenton, Ohio and WONB 94.9 The Beat, a radio station at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.