Plain Township, Franklin County, Ohio

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Plain Township, Franklin County, Ohio
Location of Plain Township in Franklin County.
Location of Plain Township in Franklin County.
Coordinates: 40°5′3″N 82°49′29″W / 40.08417°N 82.82472°W / 40.08417; -82.82472Coordinates: 40°5′3″N 82°49′29″W / 40.08417°N 82.82472°W / 40.08417; -82.82472
Country United States
State Ohio
County Franklin
 • Total 21.3 sq mi (55.2 km2)
 • Land 21.3 sq mi (55.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,027 ft (313 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,926
 • Density 278.1/sq mi (107.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-62974[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086111[1]

Plain Township is one of the seventeen townships of Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 5,926 people in the township, 2,215 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]


The runs of the Rocky Fork Creek and Blacklick Creek in Plain Township (blue) and New Albany (yellow), in the northeast corner of Franklin County.

Located in the northeastern corner of the county, it consists of a large section in the north and east and several small "islands" in the southwest. While the islands are surrounded by the city of Columbus, the large section borders the following townships and cities:

Two municipalities are located in Plain Township:

  • Part of the city of Columbus, in the southwest
  • The village of New Albany, in the center

The northern part of Plain Township is situated in the headwaters of the Rocky Fork Creek, a tributary of the Big Walnut Creek.[4] From north to south, the Fancher Run, Schleppi Run, Bevelheimer Run, and Sugar Run of the Rocky Fork Creek wind through the township. Blacklick Creek runs from the northeast part of the township, south through New Albany, and on to the southeast section of the township.

Name and history[edit]

Statewide, other Plain Townships are located in Stark, Wayne, and Wood counties.

Plain Township was organized in 1810.[5]

In 1970 Plain Township stetched five miles (8 km) by five miles, with the only exception to its being a full 25 square miles (65 km2) being the fairly small town of New Albany. The southeast part of the township has since mainly become part of New Albany while the southwest has been annexed by Columbus.


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.


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