Upper Township, Lawrence County, Ohio

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Upper Township, Lawrence County, Ohio
Scene along Porter Gap Road by Storms Creek
Scene along Porter Gap Road by Storms Creek
Location of Upper Township in Lawrence County
Location of Upper Township in Lawrence County
Coordinates: 38°31′42″N 82°40′9″W / 38.52833°N 82.66917°W / 38.52833; -82.66917Coordinates: 38°31′42″N 82°40′9″W / 38.52833°N 82.66917°W / 38.52833; -82.66917
CountryUnited States
 • Total24.9 sq mi (64.5 km2)
 • Land24.5 sq mi (63.4 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation591 ft (180 m)
 • Total15,648
 • Density639.3/sq mi (246.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code39-78974[2]
GNIS feature ID1086449[1]

Upper Township is one of the fourteen townships of Lawrence County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 15,648 people in the township, 3,170 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]


Located in the southwestern part of the county along the Ohio River, it borders the following townships:

Kentucky lies across the Ohio River to the southwest: Boyd County to the south, and Greenup County otherwise.

It is located downstream of most of the rest of Lawrence County's Ohio River townships.

Most of Upper Township's shoreline is occupied by the city of Ironton, the county seat of Lawrence County and by far the largest municipality in the county. The village of Coal Grove, the third-largest municipality in the county, is located upstream of Ironton.

Name and history[edit]

It is the only Upper 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.


Upper Township's Pre-K through 12th grade educational services are provided mostly by the Rock Hill Local School District. Portions of the township are also served by the Dawson-Bryant Local School District. The Ironton city area, which lies within Upper Township, is served by Ironton City Schools.


  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. ^ Lawrence County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Archived 2016-10-06 at the Wayback Machine Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
  5. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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