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Sugarcreek, Ohio
Park and street scene
Park and street scene
The Little Switzerland of Ohio
Location of Sugarcreek, Ohio
Location of Sugarcreek, Ohio
Location of Sugarcreek in Tuscarawas County
Location of Sugarcreek in Tuscarawas County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Tuscarawas
Township Sugar Creek
 • Type Village
 • Total 3.79 sq mi (9.82 km2)
 • Land 3.79 sq mi (9.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,004 ft (306 m)
 • Total 2,220
 • Estimate 
 • Density 589.45/sq mi (227.58/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-75210
GNIS feature ID 1062554

Sugarcreek is a village in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States. It includes the community formerly known as Shanesville. The population was 2,220 at the 2010 census. It is known as "The Little Switzerland of Ohio." In the center of town stands one of the world's largest cuckoo clocks, which was previously featured on the cover of the Guinness Book of World Records in 1977.


The village of Shanesville was founded in 1814 by Abraham Shane at the intersection of two Indian trails (currently Ohio State Routes 39 and 93). This village was surpassed in size and stature by Sugarcreek (then known as East Shanesville) when the railroads came in the mid-19th century. Shanesville was administratively merged with Sugarcreek in 1969, and took up the current name for the village.[1]


Sugarcreek is located at 40°30′24″N 81°38′30″W / 40.50667°N 81.64167°W / 40.50667; -81.64167 (40.506637, -81.641728), along the South Fork of Sugar Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.79 square miles (9.82 km2), all land.


Important landmarks in Sugarcreek include the main offices of The Budget newspaper; the aforementioned giant cuckoo clock; and a small but vibrant Swiss-styled downtown.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 243
1910 389 60.1%
1920 618 58.9%
1930 895 44.8%
1940 836 −6.6%
1950 889 6.3%
1960 982 10.5%
1970 1,771 80.3%
1980 1,966 11.0%
1990 2,062 4.9%
2000 2,174 5.4%
2010 2,220 2.1%
2019 (est.) 2,234 0.6%

The village has a notable Amish community which is part of the greater Holmes County Amish settlement. Sugarcreek supports a Swiss heritage and Amish centered tourism industry, is the headquarters of The Budget weekly newspaper, the most important Amish newspaper, and has several large production facilities of the Belden Brick Company.

86.6% spoke English, 11.4% German (including Pennsylvania German), and 2.0% "Dutch", which in this case means Pennsylvania Dutch.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,220 people, 904 households, and 652 families living in the village. The population density was 585.8 inhabitants per square mile (226.2/km2). There were 967 housing units at an average density of 255.1 per square mile (98.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 904 households, of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the village was 40 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 17.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.


Sugarcreek is home to the Garaway High School and Junior High. The mascot of the high school is the Pirates. Sugarcreek is also home to Miller Avenue Elementary School. This is one of the four elementary schools that make up the Garaway School district. The other schools are Ragersville, Baltic, and Dundee elementaries.

Sugarcreek is served by a branch of the Tuscarawas County Public Library.

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