Piketon is a village in Pike County, Ohio, United States, along the Scioto River. The village is best known for the uranium enrichment plant located there (one of only three such plants in the United States). The population was 2,181 at the 2010 census. Originally called Jefferson, it was the county seat of Pike County 1815–1845, when James Emmitt, a wealthy local entrepreneur, influenced removal of the county seat to Waverly, due to its closer proximity to the then new Ohio & Erie Canal. Piketon is the location of the Pike County Fairgrounds and is served by the Scioto Valley School District.
Location of Piketon, Ohio
Detailed map of Piketon
|• Total||2.56 sq mi (6.64 km2)|
|• Land||2.51 sq mi (6.50 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)|
|Elevation||574 ft (175 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||852.93/sq mi (329.32/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1061541|
Perhaps the best-known historic resident of Piketon was Robert Lucas, the governor of Ohio and territorial governor of Iowa. Around 1824, Lucas built a large brick house two miles east of Piketon, named Friendly Grove, which became a center of local political activity.
Piketon is served by the Western and Piketon branches of the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library.
Piketon is located at (39.067801, -83.009207).
The initial operation of the lead cascade of the American Centrifuge Demonstration Facility in Piketon, Ohio in 2005 by Centrus Energy Corp. comprised the first publicly visible component of next-generation uranium enrichment technology in the United States that employed a gas centrifuge process rather than gaseous diffusion to produce enriched uranium. Piketon was expected to exhibit a growth economy during the early 21st century with the establishment of a full-size commercial uranium enrichment plant by 2012. However, in September 2015 the Department of Energy halted the project. Ohio Senator Rob Portman said "This news is a major blow to the Piketon community and southeast Ohio".
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,181 people, 820 households, and 517 families residing in the village. The population density was 872.4 inhabitants per square mile (336.8/km2). There were 908 housing units at an average density of 363.2 per square mile (140.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.3% White, 0.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.
There were 820 households, of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.0% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median age in the village was 38.2 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 23.5% were from 45 to 64; and 18.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,907 people, 693 households, and 469 families residing in the village. The population density was 955.6 people per square mile (368.1/km2). There were 745 housing units at an average density of 373.3 per square mile (143.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.22% White, 1.10% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, and 2.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.
There were 693 households, out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 21.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the village, the population was spread out, with 24.5% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 76.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $21,290, and the median income for a family was $23,846. Males had a median income of $31,618 versus $21,602 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,599. About 28.5% of families and 30.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.5% of those under age 18 and 24.1% of those age 65 or over.
Piketon has a public library, a branch of the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County.
The Pike County Dog Wood Festival is hosted annually in Piketon on the last full weekend in April. The festival was started in 1971, and features local foods, crafts, live Bluegrass music and a parade, including a performance by the Piketon High School marching band. Several other exhibits from various local groups are also hosted in the Piketon Jasper UMC, including the Pike County Historical Society, the Pike County Quilters, Appalachian Kitchen, and artworks by local students.
In Popular CultureEdit
Piketon is briefly shown in the 2013 American action film, White House Down, directed by Roland Emmerich. Towards the climax of the film there is a scene in which terrorists hack into NORAD and launch a missile at Air Force One from the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant located in Piketon, killing everyone on board.
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