Smithfield Township, Jefferson County, Ohio

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Smithfield Township, Ohio
Municipalities and townships of Jefferson County
Municipalities and townships of Jefferson County
Coordinates: 40°14′45″N 80°49′8″W / 40.24583°N 80.81889°W / 40.24583; -80.81889Coordinates: 40°14′45″N 80°49′8″W / 40.24583°N 80.81889°W / 40.24583; -80.81889
Country United States
State Ohio
County Jefferson
 • Total 37.7 sq mi (97.6 km2)
 • Land 37.5 sq mi (97.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[1] 971 ft (296 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,578
 • Density 95.3/sq mi (36.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43948
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-72767[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086384[1]

Smithfield Township is one of the fourteen townships of Jefferson County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 3,578 people in the township, 1,804 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]


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

Several populated places are located in Smithfield Township:

Name and history[edit]

Smithfield Township was founded in 1805. It takes its name from the village of Smithfield, which predates its establishment.[4]

It is the only Smithfield Township statewide.[5]


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,[6] 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.


  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. ^ Jefferson County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ Doyle, Joseph Beatty (1910). 20th Century History of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio and Representative Citizens. Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company. p. 501. 
  5. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  6. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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