Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio

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Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio
Countryside at the western edge of Perkins Township
Countryside at the western edge of Perkins Township
Location of Perkins Township (red) in Erie County, adjacent to the city of Sandusky (yellow)
Location of Perkins Township (red) in Erie County, adjacent to the city of Sandusky (yellow)
Coordinates: 41°23′57″N 82°40′52″W / 41.39917°N 82.68111°W / 41.39917; -82.68111Coordinates: 41°23′57″N 82°40′52″W / 41.39917°N 82.68111°W / 41.39917; -82.68111
Country United States
State Ohio
County Erie
 • Total 25.9 sq mi (67.2 km2)
 • Land 25.8 sq mi (66.8 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[1] 600 ft (183 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 12,202
 • Density 473/sq mi (182.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-61714[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086069[1]

Perkins Township is one of the nine townships of Erie County, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Sandusky, Ohio metropolitan statistical area. As of the 2010 census the population was 12,202.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,878
1890 2,402 27.9%
1900 3,063 27.5%
1910 3,534 15.4%
1920 3,064 −13.3%
1930 3,292 7.4%
1940 3,687 12.0%
1950 4,382 18.9%
1960 8,955 104.4%
1970 10,451 16.7%
1980 10,989 5.1%
1990 10,793 −1.8%
2000 12,578 16.5%
2010 12,202 −3.0%
Est. 2015 11,881 [4] −2.6%

Located in the western part of the county, it borders the following townships and city:

No municipalities are located in Perkins Township, although the unincorporated communitiess of Bogart, Fairview Lanes, and Sandusky South lie in the township's east (Bogart) and its north along the border with the city of Sandusky (other two).

Name and history[edit]

Perkins Township was named for Elias Perkins, a native of Connecticut, who was one of its first landowners.[7]

It is the only Perkins Township statewide.[8]


Perkins Township houses numerous large, commercialized and tourist-related businesses, due, in large part, to Cedar Point amusement park in neighboring Sandusky. With an increase in tourism, several prominent companies have recently built large indoor/outdoor waterpark facilities, such as Great Wolf Lodge and Kalahari Resorts, bolstering the area's vital tourism industry. In addition, the Sandusky Mall and Sandusky Speedway lie in Perkins Township.

Aside from the Mall District, the chief employer in Perkins Township is the township's Delphi Automotive plant. On March 31, 2006, Delphi announced that the plant in Perkins Township would be one of 21 it would close in the United States following the company's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October 2005. Although the Perkins Township plant remains open, its future was uncertain, as are those of the approximately 1,100 employed there.[9] However, Delphi sold the plant in early 2008 to Kyklos, Inc, which continues to operate the plant under the name KBI.[10]


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,[11] 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]

Addresses in the township have the Sandusky ZIP code of 44870.

Perkins Township operates full-time police and fire departments, and is the only township in Erie County with its own police department. All other townships in Erie County receive law enforcement services from the Erie County Sheriff's Office.


  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. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Perkins township, Erie County, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Annal Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  6. ^ Data in historical population table from US Census, 1890 ; US Census, 1920 ; US Census, 1950 ; US Census, 1970 ; US Census, 2000 ; "American Factfinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  7. ^ Williams, William W. (1879). History of the Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio. Press of Leader Printing Company. p. 455. 
  8. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  9. ^ id=46371&rfi=6 Cuts, closures in Delphi's plan, The Morning Journal, 2006-04-01. Accessed 2007-07-02.
  11. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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