Picktown, Violet Capital of Ohio, The Purple City
|• Mayor||Lee A. Gray (R)|
|• City Manager||Greg Butcher|
|• Total||10.19 sq mi (26.40 km2)|
|• Land||10.19 sq mi (26.40 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||837 ft (255 m)|
|• Density||2,265.67/sq mi (874.79/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||614, 380, 740, and 220|
|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, named after Andrew Jackson. 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 23,094 at the 2020 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 of Interstate 70.
The Ohio Secretary of State certified Pickerington as a city in 1991 and it 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. Pickerington is located just east of Columbus. The city features a historic downtown shopping area, while Violet Township is home to rolling hills, log houses, forests, and fields.
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 living 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 living 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.
Law and government
The current mayor, Lee A. Gray, was elected 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.
The Pickerington Police Department, currently led by Pickerington native, Chief Tod Cheney, is a 24/7 operation consisting of approximately 30 sworn personnel, 10 civilian dispatchers/records technicians, and 1 administrative assistant.
The police department is responsible for all police activities within the city and is made up of the patrol bureau and detective bureau.
Pickerington Local School District consists of 14 buildings: two high schools, one alternative high school, two junior high schools, three middle schools, and seven elementary schools. Three of the schools were newly built in 2010: a middle school off Toll Gate Road and elementary schools off Toll Gate Road and in the Sycamore area.
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%.
High Schools (9-12)
Junior Highs (7-8)
- Ridgeview Junior High School
- Lakeview Junior High School
Middle Schools (5-6)
- Diley Middle School
- Harmon Middle School
- Toll Gate Middle School
Elementary Schools (K-4)
- Fairfield Elementary
- Heritage Elementary
- Pickerington Elementary
- Violet Elementary
- Tussing Elementary
- Sycamore Creek Elementary
- Toll Gate Elementary
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- Jake Butt, NFL player
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- Antony Hämäläinen, vocalist for Swedish Melodic Death Metal bands Armageddon and Nightrage
- Lindsay Hollister, television actress
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- Roger Lewis Jr., NFL player
- Earl Moore, MLB pitcher for Cleveland Indians, first pitcher in American League to throw no-hitter (May 9, 1901)
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