Bethlehem Township, Stark County, Ohio

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Bethlehem Township, Ohio
Township
Municipalities and townships of Stark County
Municipalities and townships of Stark County
Coordinates: 40°42′44″N 81°30′14″W / 40.71222°N 81.50389°W / 40.71222; -81.50389Coordinates: 40°42′44″N 81°30′14″W / 40.71222°N 81.50389°W / 40.71222; -81.50389
Country United States
State Ohio
County Stark
Area
 • Total 33.4 sq mi (86.6 km2)
 • Land 33.3 sq mi (86.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,020 ft (311 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,650
 • Density 169.4/sq mi (65.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-06180[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086973[1]

Bethlehem Township is one of the seventeen townships of Stark County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 5,650 people in the township, 4,210 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]

Geography[edit]

Located in the southwestern part of the county, it borders the following townships:

Most of the village of Navarre is located in northwestern Bethlehem Township. A very small portion of the city of Massillon also lies within the northwest portion of the township. The township also contains the unincorporated community of Smoketown within its east central portion.

Name and history[edit]

Statewide, the only other Bethlehem Township is located in Coshocton County.[4]

Bethlehem Township was described in 1833 as having two stores and two saw mills.[5]

Government[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 489
1830 886 81.2%
1840 1,019 15.0%
1850 2,398 135.3%
1860 2,401 0.1%
1870 2,148 −10.5%
1880 2,304 7.3%
1890 2,290 −0.6%
1900 2,236 −2.4%
1910 2,495 11.6%
1920 2,393 −4.1%
1930 2,929 22.4%
1940 3,227 10.2%
1950 3,568 10.6%
1960 4,277 19.9%
1970 4,528 5.9%
1990 5,803
2000 5,650 −2.6%
[6]

The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[7] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Stark County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  5. ^ Kilbourn, John (1833). "The Ohio Gazetteer, Or a Topographical Dictionary". Scott and Wright. p. 95. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ census data: 1820 : 1820 page 137 , 1830 : Kilbourn, John (1831). The Ohio gazetteer: or, Topographical dictionary: describing the several ... in the State of Ohio. self. p. 332.  , 1840, 1880 : Howe, Henry (1907). Historical Collections of Ohio, The Ohio Centennial Edition. The State of Ohio. p. 285.  , 1850, 1860, 1870 : 1870 page 35 , 1890, 1900 : Hunt, William C. (1901). Population of the United States by states and territories, counties, and minor Civil Divisions, as returned at the Twelfth Census: 1900. United States Census Printing Office. p. 318.  , 1910, 1920, 1930 : 1930 page 56 , 1940, 1950 : 1950 page 21 , 1960, 1970 : 1970 page 135 , 1990 : 1990 , 2000 : 2000
  7. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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