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Pittsfield Township, Lorain County, Ohio
Township
Main intersection at Pittsfield Center
Main intersection at Pittsfield Center
Location of Pittsfield Township in Lorain County
Location of Pittsfield Township in Lorain County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lorain
Area
 • Total 26.3 sq mi (68.1 km2)
 • Land 26.3 sq mi (68.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 820 ft (250 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,549
 • Density 59.0/sq mi (22.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-62960
GNIS feature ID 1086517

Pittsfield Township is one of the eighteen townships of Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 1,549 people in the unincorporated portions of the township.

Geography

The township is a square of five miles (approximately 8.05 kilometers) on each side, thus possessing an area of 25 miles² (64.7 kilometers²). At the center of Pittsfield Township is located the intersection of State Routes 58 and 303.

Located in central Lorain County, it borders the following townships:

  • New Russia Township - north
  • Carlisle Township - northeast corner
  • LaGrange Township - east
  • Penfield Township - southeast corner
  • Wellington Township - south
  • Brighton Township - southwest corner
  • Camden Township - west
  • Henrietta Township - northwest corner

A small part of the city of Oberlin is located in northern Pittsfield Township.

Demographics

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2000 Pittsfield had 1,549 residents with an average age of 39.33 years. The population density was 22.77 per square kilometer (58.96 per square mile). There were 576 housing units. The median household income was $54,750 and the per capita income was $22,470.

Name and history

It is the only Pittsfield Township statewide.

Pittsfield Township was part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. There were white settlers before 1813 but they left. Milton Whitney, one of the large landowners in the area, arranged for settlers to move in in 1821. In 1831, the township was separated from Wellington Township and named Pittsfield after Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Milton Whitney's original home. The township government was organized in 1832.

On April 11, 1965, one of the tornadoes in the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak passed through Pittsfield, killing seven people and destroying every building in the town.


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