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Pataskala, Ohio
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Location of Pataskala, Ohio
Location of Pataskala, Ohio
Location of Pataskala in Licking County
Location of Pataskala in Licking County
Country United States United States
State  Ohio
County Licking
 • Total 29.06 sq mi (75.26 km2)
 • Land 28.96 sq mi (75.01 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
1,001 ft (305 m)
 • Total 14,962
 • Estimate 
 • Density 548.41/sq mi (211.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-61112
GNIS feature ID 1049066

Pataskala is a city in Licking County, Ohio, United States, approximately 19 miles (31 km) east of Columbus. The population was 14,962 at the 2010 census. Pataskala was a small community until 1996, when what was then the village of Pataskala merged with Lima Township, vastly increasing its population and geographic area.


Pataskala was laid out in 1851 when the railroad was extended to that point. Pataskala is a name derived from the Delaware language. A post office has been in operation at Pataskala since 1852.


Pataskala is located at 39°59′52″N 82°41′51″W / 39.99778°N 82.69750°W / 39.99778; -82.69750 (39.997890, -82.697411), along the South Fork of the Licking River in Southwestern Licking County. Pataskala is also the home of two school districts, Southwest Licking Local Schools and Licking Heights Local Schools. The Licking Heights district also serves parts of Reynoldsburg, and Jefferson Township as well as the city of Blacklick.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.72 square miles (74.38 km2), of which 28.62 square miles (74.13 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 462
1880 634 37.2%
1890 568 −10.4%
1900 675 18.8%
1910 800 18.5%
1920 771 −3.6%
1930 787 2.1%
1940 824 4.7%
1950 928 12.6%
1960 1,046 12.7%
1970 1,831 75.0%
1980 2,284 24.7%
1990 3,046 33.4%
2000 10,249 236.5%
2010 14,962 46.0%
2020 17,886 19.5%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,962 people, 5,588 households, and 4,132 families living in the city. The population density was 522.8 inhabitants per square mile (201.9/km2). There were 5,960 housing units at an average density of 208.2 per square mile (80.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 6.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 5,588 households, of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 35.8 years. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 10.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


Primary and secondary schools

The Southwest Licking Local School District has one high school (Watkins Memorial High School), one middle school (Watkins middle school), and three elementary schools (Etna, Kirkersville, Pataskala).

Licking Heights Local School District has one high school, one middle school, one intermediate school, and two elementary schools.

Private schools in the area are Liberty Christian Academy.

Post-secondary education

Central Ohio Technical College has a branch located within the city.

Public libraries

The Pataskala Public Library serves the area. The current building was dedicated in 1969 at a cost of $119,314.54. The library has over 12,000 cardholders. The library has over 70,000 items, with annual circulation topping 250,000.

Parks and recreation

Pataskala features 127 acres (0.51 km2) of parkland spread across 7 parks with wooded natural areas and river frontage. Multiple parks are located alongside the South Fork of the Licking River. The parks are spread across the city and feature athletic fields at many of the parks.

The Thomas J. Evans Foundation Park is the largest park in the city at 78 acres (0.32 km 2), 22 of which are wooded. A 1.4 mile (2.2 km) trail runs throughout the park.

Municipal Park is a 15 acre (61,000 m2) park boasting the city's pool (leased to the Pataskala Recreation Association), athletic fields, and wooded areas.

Golf courses

Pataskala has 3 golf courses within its boundaries. Broadview Golf Course, Cumberland Trail Golf Club, and Willow Run Golf Course Inc. There are an additional 46 golf courses within 20 miles (32 km) of Pataskala.

Notable people

  • Jeaniene Frost, New York Times-bestselling author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy
  • John Reuben, a Christian rap artist signed to Gotee Records; he has a song sharing the town's name on his album Hindsight because he was born and raised there.
  • Robert Smith, professional ten-pin bowler who owns seven career titles on the PBA Tour; won the 2000 U.S. Open
  • Chalmers Wylie, thirteen-term congressman

See also

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