|Nickname(s): Picktown, Violet Capital of Ohio, The Purple City|
|• Mayor||Lee A. Gray|
|• City Manager||Bill Vance|
|• Total||9.74 sq mi (25.23 km2)|
|• Land||9.74 sq mi (25.23 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||837 ft (255 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||18,692|
|• Density||1,877.9/sq mi (725.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1061537|
Pickerington is a city in Fairfield and Franklin counties in the central region of the U.S. state of Ohio. It was founded in 1815 as Jacksonville. Pickerington was known as Jacksonville until 1827 when the citizens petitioned the state legislature to change the name to Pickerington in honor of its founder, Abraham Pickering. It is a suburb of Columbus. The population was 18,291 at the 2010 census. As land annexation, development, and in-migration in and around Columbus continues, the city of Pickerington (like many area suburbs) has generally followed suit. Pickerington is also home to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, located at 13515 Yarmouth Dr. off of Interstate 70.
The Ohio Secretary of State certified Pickerington as a city in 1991 and was designated as the "Violet Capital of Ohio" in 1996 by the Ohio Legislature. At 11.1 sq mi (29 km2), Pickerington is the second largest city in Fairfield County and is second in size only to Lancaster. The City of Pickerington is located just east of Columbus, Ohio. The city features a historic downtown shopping area, while Violet Township is home to rolling hills, log houses, forests, and fields.
Law and government
The current mayor, Lee A. Gray was elected Mayor in the November 2011. Mayor Gray previously served as Mayor from 1992 to 1999 and as a City Council member in 1987.
The Pickerington city council is a seven-member body that is elected by rolling. There are four standing committees in the council: the finance committee, the rules committee, the safety committee, and the service committee.
Current council members with elected or re-elected year and position:
- Mike Sabatino (2011), Councilperson.
- Christopher Schweitzer (2011), Councilperson.
- Tony Barletta (2009), Councilperson.
- Gavin Blair (2009), Council President.
- Jeff Fix (2009), Council Vice President.
- Cristie Hammond (2009), Councilperson.
- Brian Sauer (2007), Councilperson.
There are several positions appointed between the mayor and city council to aid in the day-to-day management of the city.
Current administrators with inaugural year and position:
- Gary L. Armentrout (1985), Operator for the Division of Water and Wastewater (Promoted to Chief Operator for the water treatment plant in 1993)
- Greg Bachman (2009), In-House City Engineer
- Edward J. Drobina (2003), Assistant Service Director (Promoted to Service Manager in 2005)
- Jan Eichner (2003), Income Tax Administrator
- Joseph P. Henderson (2005), City Planner
- David Jackson (1987), Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (Promoted to Chief Operator in 2010)
- Rebecca Medinger (2010), Recreation Administrator
- Lynn Miller (2010), Human Resources Director
- Chris P. Schornack (2005), Deputy Finance Director (Appointed as Director of Finance in 2010)
- Molly Schwartz (1998), Deputy Clerk of Court (Appointed as Clerk of Court in 2001)
- Chief Michael Taylor (2003), Chief of Police
- Bill Vance (2010), City Manager
- Brenda VanCleave (2006), On-Staff Engineer
- Lynda Yartin (1994), Municipal Clerk
Pickerington is located at (39.892168, −82.763837).
As of the census of 2010, there were 18,291 people, 6,226 households, and 4,869 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,877.9 inhabitants per square mile (725.1 /km2). There were 6,680 housing units at an average density of 685.8 per square mile (264.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.1% White, 13.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.
There were 6,226 households of which 50.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 21.8% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.33.
The median age in the city was 32.9 years. 33.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.5% were from 25 to 44; 22% were from 45 to 64; and 6.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,792 people, 3,468 households, and 2,687 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,317.4 people per square mile (508.8/km²). There were 3,573 housing units at an average density of 480.7 per square mile (185.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.18% White, 3.72% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.
There were 3,468 households out of which 48.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $63,664, and the median income for a family was $71,161. Males had a median income of $51,155 versus $31,850 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,839. About 2.6% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.
Pickerington Local School District
Pickerington Local School District consists of 14 buildings: two high schools, two junior high schools, three middle schools, and seven elementary schools. There are two new elementary schools and one middle school that were just built. One in the Sycamore area, and the others off of Toll Gate Road.
PLSD is made up of approximately 70.2% White, 20.9% African-American, 3% Asian, 1.6% Hispanic, .2% American Indian, and 5% multi-racial students. 10.2% of students are on a free/reduced lunch program. 9.6% are students with disabilities. The school district also has an average attendance rate of 97%.
Schools in Pickerington
- Pickerington High School Central
- Pickerington High School North
- Ridgeview Junior High School
- Lakeview Junior High School
- Diley Middle School
- Harmon Middle School
- Toll Gate Middle School
- Fairfield Elementary
- Heritage Elementary
- Pickerington Elementary
- Violet Elementary
- Tussing Elementary
- Sycamore Elementary
- Toll Gate Elementary
The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of events for the recreation of Pickerington residents and visitors. Various classes can be taken that cover a wide range of hobbies and activities, such as jewelcrafting, herbalism, archeology, and engineering. There are three sports programs, the Pickerington Youth Athletic Association, Pickerington Area Soccer Association and the Adult Sports League, with several sports offered, including capture the flag. There are two parks that belong to the department: Victory Park and Sycamore Creek Park. Both are located on Columbus Street, just south of Olde Town Pickerington.
On March 14, 2008, the department purchased the Swim Club, a local swimming pool, with non-tax revenue. There is no residency requirement to belong to the pool but there is an additional cost for non-residents. The pool is the home of the Tigersharks swim team.
Another park, Pickerington Ponds, exists near Pickerington but is not within city limits.
- Justin Boren, National Football League football player
- Zach Boren, football player
- A.J. Trapasso, football player. Ohio State University, the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Denver Broncos.
- Antony Hämäläinen, vocalist for the Swedish Melodic Death Metal band Nightrage attended secondary school in Pickerington.
- Lindsay Hollister, television actress, attended Pickerington High School.
- Earl Moore, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and the first pitcher in the American League to throw a no-hitter on May 9, 1901.
- Arthur Raymond Robinson, Indiana Senator and the “dark horse” candidate on the Republican ticket for President of the United States in 1932.
- Dan and Tom Ryan, professional Halo 2 players.
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