The welcome sign located on Hill Road
|Nickname(s): Picktown, Violet Capital of Ohio, The Purple City|
Location of Pickerington, Ohio
Location of Pickerington in Fairfield County
|• 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 immigration into the Columbus area 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 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 behind Lancaster. The City of Pickerington is located just east of Columbus. The city features a historic downtown shopping area, while Violet Township is home to rolling hills, long horses, forests, and fields.
Law and government
The current mayor, Lee A. Gray was elected Mayor in 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.
There are several positions appointed between the mayor and city council to aid in the day-to-day management of the city.
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
Pickerington Real Estate Market Data
- 2015 - 360 Closed Sales, 374 in Contracts, $193,792 AVG Sale Price, $188,000 Med Sale Price, $91.61 AVG $/SQFT, 46 Days on Market
- 2014 - 304 Closed Sales, 330 in Contracts, $177,150 AVG Sale Price, $177,875 Med Sale Price, $85.93 AVG $/SQFT, 62 Days on Market
- 2013 - 312 Closed Sales, 321 in Contracts, $170,009 AVG Sale Price, $163,750 Med Sale Price, $79.61 AVG $/SQFT, 67 Days on Market
- 2012 - 286 Closed Sales, 326 in Contracts, $161,089 AVG Sale Price, $156,500 Med Sale Price, $77.55 AVG $/SQFT, 83 Days on Market
- 2011 - 235 Closed Sales, 246 in Contracts, $155,535 AVG Sale Price, $150,000 Med Sale Price, $73.30 AVG $/SQFT, 101 Days on Market
- Alex Bayer, National Football League football player
- Justin Boren, National Football League football player
- Zach Boren, football player
- Antony Hämäläinen, vocalist for the Swedish Melodic Death Metal bands Armageddon/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.
- Brian Peters, American player of gridiron football
- 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 players.
- A. J. Trapasso, football player. Ohio State University, the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Denver Broncos.
- Brian Shaffer, Ohio State University medical student who disappeared in Columbus in 2006.
- Jake Butt, football player. Michigan Wolverines Alumni of Pickerington North Panthers
- Taco Charlton, football player. Michigan Wolverines Alumni of Pickerington Central Tigers
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