Pickaway County, Ohio

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Pickaway County, Ohio
Pickaway County Courthouse.JPG
Pickaway County Courthouse
Seal of Pickaway County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Pickaway County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1810[1]
Seat Circleville
Largest city Circleville
 • Total 506.55 sq mi (1,312 km2)
 • Land 501.32 sq mi (1,298 km2)
 • Water 5.23 sq mi (14 km2), 1.03%
 • (2010) 55,698
 • Density 111.1/sq mi (43/km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.pickaway.org

Pickaway County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 55,698, which is an increase of 5.6% from 52,727 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is Circleville.[3] Its name derives from the Pekowi band of Shawnee Indians, who inhabited the area. (See List of Ohio county name etymologies.)

Pickaway County is part of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 506.55 square miles (1,312.0 km2), of which 501.32 square miles (1,298.4 km2) (or 98.97%) is land and 5.23 square miles (13.5 km2) (or 1.03%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 7,124
1820 13,149 84.6%
1830 16,001 21.7%
1840 19,725 23.3%
1850 21,006 6.5%
1860 23,649 12.6%
1870 24,875 5.2%
1880 27,415 10.2%
1890 26,959 −1.7%
1900 27,016 0.2%
1910 26,158 −3.2%
1920 25,788 −1.4%
1930 27,238 5.6%
1940 27,889 2.4%
1950 29,352 5.2%
1960 35,855 22.2%
1970 40,071 11.8%
1980 43,662 9.0%
1990 48,255 10.5%
2000 52,727 9.3%
2010 55,698 5.6%
Est. 2012 56,399 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 52,727 people, 17,599 households, and 13,287 families residing in the county. The population density was 105 people per square mile (41/km²). There were 18,596 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.95% White, 6.43% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,599 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.50% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 122.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,832, and the median income for a family was $49,259. Males had a median income of $36,265 versus $26,086 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,478. About 7.60% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.40% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

Employers and Industry[edit]

Manufacturing makes up a significant proportion of area industry and employment; in the 2010 census, 3075 county residents (13.4%) were employed in manufacturing.[7] Circleville is home to the largest DuPont chemical plant in Ohio. Opened in the 1950s, it produces Mylar and Tedlar plastic films, the latter used extensively in the production of photovoltaic modules.[8][9] A GE Lighting plant, recently expanded to produce energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, opened in 1948 and currently employs more than 200 people.[10] Other manufacturing concerns in Circleville or surrounding Pickaway County include Aleris, a producer of rolled and extruded aluminum products,[10] and Florida Production Engineering, Inc. (FPE), producing plastic injection molded components for the automotive industry.[11] The former Jefferson-Smurfit paper mill, a 300 acre site, is being redeveloped.[12] Georgia-Pacific, a manufacturer of paperboard containers and other paper products, has a plant located south of town. The PPG Industries Circleville plant is the company's center for polymer resin production, primarily for automotive applications.[13] Fastenal Company distributes industrial, safety and construction supplies from its facility on US Highway 23 west of Circleville.

Other major employers include Berger Health System; Circleville City, Teays Valley Local and Logan Elm Local School districts; Circle Plastics/TriMold LLC; the State of Ohio; and Wal-Mart Stores.[7]


Roster of County Officials (as of November, 2007):

  • Commissioners: Brian Stewart(R), Harold Henson(R), Jay Wippel (R)
  • Prosecutor: Judy Wolford (R)
  • Sheriff: Robert Radcliff (D)
  • Auditor: Melissa Betz (D)
  • Treasurer: Ellery Elick (R)
  • Recorder: Joyce Gifford (D)
  • Clerk of Courts: Jimmy Dean (R)
  • Engineer: Bob Parker (D)
  • Coroner: Michael Geron (R)
  • Judge, Common Pleas Court (General/Domestic Relations): P. Randall Knece (R)
  • Judge, Common Pleas Court (Juvenile/Probate): Jan Michael Long (D)
  • Judge, Circleville Municipal Court (county-wide jurisdiction): Gary Dumm (D)


Map of Pickaway County, Ohio with municipal and township labels




Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]


Teays Valley Local School District[edit]

Teays Valley is in the northern part of the county. Schools in this district include:

  • Teays Valley High School
  • Teays Valley East Middle School
  • Teays Valley West Middle School
  • Ashville Elementary
  • Walnut Elementary
  • Scioto Elementary
  • South Bloomfield Elementary

Teays Valley has the largest number of students in the county.

Circleville City Schools[edit]

A new middle school is currently under construction to replace Everts Middle School.

Logan Elm Local Schools[edit]

Logan Elm consists of the area in Southeastern Pickaway County.

  • Logan Elm High School
  • McDowell Exchange School
  • Washington Elementary
  • Laurelville Elementary
  • Saltcreek Elementary
  • Pickaway Elementary

Westfall Local Schools[edit]

Westfall lies in the Western part of the county.

Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center[edit]

Pickaway-Ross lies just below the county line in Ross County. Students from the following affiliated Pickaway and Ross county districts at the vocational school.

  • Circleville City School District (Pickaway County)
  • Logan Elm Local School District (Pickaway County)
  • Westfall Local School District (Pickaway County)
  • Adena Local School District (Ross County)
  • Chillicothe City School District (Ross County)
  • Huntington Local School District (Ross County)
  • Paint Valley Local School District (Ross County)
  • Southeastern Local School District (Ross County)
  • Unioto Local School District (Ross County)
  • Zane Trace Local School District (Ross County)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Pickaway County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Pickaway County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Demographics and Income plus other local statistics for Pickaway County P3 Ohio". Pickawayprogress.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  8. ^ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:57 pm (2012-05-22). "DuPont celebrates Tedlar expansion - Circleville Herald: News". Circlevilletoday.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  9. ^ "News & Events for Pickaway Progress Business Development Project Central Ohio". Pickawayprogress.com. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  10. ^ a b Thursday, August 22, 2013 5:00 pm (2013-08-22). "GE plant to add 50 jobs - Circleville Herald: News". Circlevilletoday.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Plastic Injection Molding from 100 tons to 3000 tons in Florida, Kentucky and Ohio". Fpe-inc.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  12. ^ "Projects - Green Investment Group, Inc". Greeninvgroup.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  13. ^ "Circleville, OH - Life At PPG - College Recruiting". Ppg.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°38′N 83°02′W / 39.64°N 83.03°W / 39.64; -83.03