Atwater Township, Ohio

Coordinates: 41°1′23″N 81°9′40″W / 41.02306°N 81.16111°W / 41.02306; -81.16111
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Atwater Township
Historic Atwater Congregational Church
Location within Portage County
Location within Portage County
Coordinates: 41°1′23″N 81°9′40″W / 41.02306°N 81.16111°W / 41.02306; -81.16111
CountryUnited States
 • Total26.0 sq mi (67.2 km2)
 • Land25.9 sq mi (67.1 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation1,135 ft (346 m)
 • Total2,564
 • Density98.9/sq mi (38.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code330
FIPS code39-02862[2]
GNIS feature ID1086821[1]

Atwater Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2020 census there were 2,564 people living in the township.


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

No municipalities are located in Atwater Township, although the census-designated place of Atwater is located in the center of the township.

Name and history[edit]

Atwater Township is named for Capt. Caleb Atwater, a landowner in the Connecticut Western Reserve.[3] It is the only Atwater Township statewide.[4]


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,[5] 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.

Public services[edit]

Students in Atwater Township are served by the Waterloo Local School District, which also serves neighboring Randolph Township.[6] Fire and EMS protection is provided by the Atwater Township Volunteer Fire Department.[7]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ History of Portage County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Industries, Etc. Warner, Beers & Company. 1885. pp. 392.
  4. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
  5. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
  6. ^ District Info Archived June 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Waterloo Local Schools, 2005. Accessed 2008-07-10.
  7. ^ Welcome to the Atwater Township Volunteer Fire Department. Accessed 2008-07-10.

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