Pike Township, Stark County, Ohio

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Pike Township, Stark County, Ohio
Township
Pike Township, Stark County HS.JPG
Municipalities and townships of Stark County
Municipalities and townships of Stark County
Coordinates: 40°41′19″N 81°21′40″W / 40.68861°N 81.36111°W / 40.68861; -81.36111Coordinates: 40°41′19″N 81°21′40″W / 40.68861°N 81.36111°W / 40.68861; -81.36111
Country United States
State Ohio
County Stark
Area
 • Total 31.9 sq mi (82.5 km2)
 • Land 31.8 sq mi (82.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,119 ft (341 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,088
 • Density 128.5/sq mi (49.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-62694[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086987[1]

Pike Township is one of the seventeen townships of Stark County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 4,088 people in the township, 3,282 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]

Geography[edit]

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

The village of East Sparta is located in southeastern Pike Township. Additionally, Pike Township contains two unincorporated communities: Battlesburg within its central area, and Howenstine within the northeast.

Name and history[edit]

In 1806, George Young and his wife Catherine moved to what is now known as East Sparta, becoming the first permanent settlers of Pike Township.[4] However, there are inconstancies in government and family records that instead put him in Pike in 1800, which would make him the first settler of Stark County.

In 1815, the township was named after Zebulon Pike.[5] It is one of eight Pike Townships statewide.[6]

Government[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 883
1830 1,273 44.2%
1840 1,409 10.7%
1850 1,447 2.7%
1860 1,398 −3.4%
1870 1,333 −4.6%
1880 1,514 13.6%
1890 1,604 5.9%
1900 1,491 −7.0%
1910 1,272 −14.7%
1920 1,584 24.5%
1930 2,043 29.0%
1940 2,272 11.2%
1950 2,828 24.5%
1960 3,523 24.6%
1970 4,027 14.3%
1990 3,931
2000 4,088 4.0%
2010 3,961 −3.1%
[7]

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,[8] 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. ^ "Pike Township History". Pike Township Trustees. 2003. 
  5. ^ "Pike Township History". Pike Township Trustees. 2003. 
  6. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  7. ^ 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, 2010 : Ohio Department of Development
  8. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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