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Shalersville Township
Civil township
Countryside in western Shalersville Township
Countryside in western Shalersville Township
Location within Portage County
Location within Portage County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
Area
 • Total 27.6 sq mi (71.5 km2)
 • Land 27.5 sq mi (71.3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 1,119 ft (341 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,670
 • Density 217.2/sq mi (83.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44255, 44266, 44241
Area code(s) 330, 234
FIPS code 39-71731
GNIS feature ID 1086839

Shalersville Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 5,670 people in the township.

Geography

Located in the northwestern part of the county, it borders the following other townships and cities:

No municipalities are located in Shalersville Township.

Formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve, Shalersville Township covers an area of 28 sq mi (73 km2).

Historic population figures

  • 1960—2,823
  • 1970—4,967
  • 1980—5,268
  • 1990—5,270
  • 2000—5,976
  • 2010—5,670

Name and history

Shalersville takes its name from its original proprietor, General Nathaniel Shaler and was originally known as "Middletown" as Shaler was a native of Middletown, Connecticut. It is the only Shalersville Township statewide. The first settlers, the family of Joel Baker of Tolland County, Connecticut, arrived in 1806 and the township government was organized in 1812. The township was formed from town 4, range 8 of the Connecticut Western Reserve. A post office called Shalersville was established in 1824, and remained in operation until 1904.

Transportation

Ohio State Routes 303 and 44 pass through Shalersville and intersect at the middle of the township. The Ohio Turnpike also cuts through Shalersville, and in the 1990s the exit at State Route 44 was added. The Portage County Airport is located in the southern part of the township.

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