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There is eighty-eight counties in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Constitution allows counties to set up a charter government as many cities and villages do, but only Summit County has done so.

Pike County, Ohio

Pike County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Waverly
Year Organized: 1815
Square Miles: 442
Court House:

100 East Second Street
County Courthouse
Waverly, OH 45690-1301

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Residents named the county in honor of Zebulon Pike, an explorer and the man who discovered Pike's Peak.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

On January 3, 1815, the Ohio government authorized the creation of Pike County. Residents named the county in honor of Zebulon Pike, an explorer and the man who discovered Pike's Peak. In the 1830s, upon completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal, the county grew quickly.

Pike County is located in southern Ohio. It is predominantly rural, with one percent of the county's 441 square miles consisting of urban areas. The county seat is Waverly. With a population of 4,433 people, Waverly was the county's largest community in 2000. Unlike many of Ohio's more rural counties, Pike County experienced an increase in population—14.2 percent—between 1990 and 2000, increasing the total number of residents to 27,695 people. The county averages almost sixty-three people per square mile.

Manufacturing businesses are the largest employers in Pike County. Service industries, farming, government positions, and retail businesses fall well behind manufacturing and are virtually tied when compared with each other. In 1999, the per capita income in the county was 18,353 dollars, with 18.2 percent of the people living in poverty.

Most voters in Pike County claim to be independents, yet in recent years, they have supported Republican Party candidates by small margins at the national level. In local and state elections, at least recently, voters have selected Democratic candidates.

Ohio Governor Robert Lucas ranks among the county's more prominent residents

Pike County, Ohio History Central, July 24, 2008,

Neighboring Counties:

  • Ross County, Ohio (north)
  • Jackson County, Ohio (east)
  • Scioto County, Ohio (south)
  • Adams County, Ohio (southwest)
  • Highland County, Ohio (west)

Cities and Towns:

- Beaver village Incorporated Area
- Camp Creek township
- Jasper township
- Newton township
- Pebble township
- Pee Pee township
- Piketon village Incorporated Area
- Scioto township
- Seal township
- Sunfish township
- Waverly (County Seat)
- Waverly City city Incorporated Area

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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"