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As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 9,792 people, 3,468 households, and 2,687 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 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
Race (United States Census)
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, 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
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 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
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 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 of a 97% attendance rate.

History of PLSD


The legacy of the Pickerington Local School District begins in Violet Township with the Ordinance of 1785. This
ordinance set aside land for school purposes. At one time Violet Township was home to 19 one to two room schools
spread across the township. The bulk of these schools later became combined into the Pickerington Local
School District.

The first documented school in the Pickerington area was in 1812. It is believed that the log cabin housing the
school may have been a settler’s cabin used on Sundays for church and school during the week.

In 1815 Abraham Pickering, whom the City of Pickerington is named after, donated a plot of land to be used for
educational purposes. The Pickerington School House was built on this land, and in 1883, a new two-story, two
room school was built to replace the original building. According to census data, in 1895 The Pickerington School
educated 105 students. This site today is home to the Pickerington and Violet Township Historical Society, 15 E.
Columbus Street.

The Violet Township Board of Education (VHTS) was created in 1905 as the first step in unification of the area schools. After two years of hard work, a charter from the state was in hand and the process for financing a building program was in place. Construction of the new Violet Township High School began in February 1907. The building
would have six rooms plus a basement at a cost of $15,000. The VTHS class of 1909 was the first to graduate from
this new school with a graduating class of four. In 1939 Violet Township Schools became Pickerington Local Schools and VTHS became Pickerington High School a year later.

Schools in Pickerington

  • Pickerington High School Central
    Pickerington High School Central
    Pickerington High School Central is a public high school in Pickerington, Ohio. It is one of two high schools in the Pickerington Local Schools district. Their nickname is the Tigers. Prior to the opening of Pickerington High School North, it was known simply as "Pickerington High School"....

  • Pickerington High School North
    Pickerington High School North
    Pickerington High School North is a public high school in Pickerington, Ohio. It is one of two high schools in the Pickerington Local School District, the other school being Pickerington High School Central. The school's mascot is the Panther and its teams take the name "Panthers". The levy for...

  • 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

Recreation


The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of events for the recreation of Pickerington residents and visitors. Various classes can be taken that cover a wide range of hobbies and activities, such as jewelcrafting, herbalism
Herbalism
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, archeology, and engineering
Engineering
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. There are two sports programs, the Pickerington Youth Athletic Association and the Adult Sports League, with several sports offered, including capture the flag
Capture the flag
Capture the Flag is a traditional outdoor sport generally played by children, where two teams each have a flag and the objective is to capture the other team's flag, located at the team's "base," and bring it safely back to their own base...

. There are two parks that belong to the department: Victory Park and Sycamore Creek Park. Both are located on Columbus Street, just south of Olde Town Pickerington.

On March 14, 2008, the department purchased the Swim Club, a local swimming pool, with non-tax revenue
Non-tax revenue
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. There is no residency requirement to belong to the pool and there is no price increase for non-residents. The pool is the home of the Tigersharks swim team.

Another park, Pickerington Ponds, exists near Pickerington but is not within city limits.

Notable natives

  • A.J. Trapasso, college and professional football player.
  • Antony Hämäläinen
    Antony Hämäläinen
    Antony Hämäläinen , is a Finnish musician and composer living in the United States.-Biography:In the early 1990s, he started playing bass, drums, and singing for multiple bands based both in the USA and Finland...

    , vocalist for the Swedish Melodic Death Metal
    Melodic death metal
    Melodic death metal is a heavy metal music style that combines elements from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with elements of death metal. The style was developed during the early and mid-1990s, primarily in England and Scandinavia...

     band Nightrage
    Nightrage
    Nightrage is a Greek/Swedish melodic death metal band formed by guitarist Marios Iliopoulos and his close friend Gus G. who later re-located to Gothenburg, Sweden.-Sweet Vengeance:...

     attended secondary school in Pickerington
  • Jill Gray Savarese, film actress, attended Pickerington High School
  • Lindsay Hollister
    Lindsay Hollister
    Lindsay Hollister is an American actress.-Biography:Hollister was born in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Pickerington High School and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Performance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio....

    , television actress, attended Pickerington High School
  • Earl Moore
    Earl Moore
    Earl Moore was born was a professional baseball player who had a 14-year career in Major League Baseball.-Biography:...

    , pitcher for the Cleveland Indians
    Cleveland Indians
    The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They are in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Since , they have played in Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is in Goodyear, Arizona...

     and first American League
    American League
    The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League , is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada. It developed from the Western League, a minor league based in the Great Lakes states, which eventually aspired to major...

     pitcher to throw a no-hitter
  • Grant Hohenstein, professional bull rider.
  • Arthur Raymond Robinson
    Arthur Raymond Robinson
    Arthur Raymond Robinson was a United States Senator from Indiana.-Early life:Born in Pickerington, Ohio, Robinson attended the common schools, graduated from the Ohio Northern University in 1901, the Indiana University Law School at Indianapolis in 1910, and the University of Chicago in 1913...

    , U.S. Senator from Indiana and presidential candidate in 1932
  • Dan and Tom Ryan, professional Halo 2
    Halo 2
    Halo 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the Xbox video game console on November 9, 2004, the game is the second installment in the Halo franchise and the sequel to 2001's critically acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved...

    players

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