Plain Township, Stark County, Ohio
Jacob H. Bair House
Jacob H. Bair House
Location of Plain Township in Stark County
Location of Plain Township in Stark County
Coordinates: 40°51′42″N 81°22′24″W / 40.86167°N 81.37333°W / 40.86167; -81.37333
CountryUnited States
 • Total28.5 sq mi (73.8 km2)
 • Land28.3 sq mi (73.4 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation1,148 ft (350 m)
 • Total52,501
 • Density1,835.2/sq mi (708.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code39-62988[2]
GNIS feature ID1086988[1]

Plain Township is one of the seventeen townships of Stark County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 52,501 people in the township, 35,543 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3] Located near the city of Canton, it is one of the more populous urban townships in Ohio.


Located in the north central part of the county, it borders the following townships and city:

Several populated places are located in Plain Township:

According to the United States Census Bureau, Plain Township has a total area of 28.5 square miles (73.81 km2), of which 28.3 square miles (73.29 km2) is land and 0.2 square mile (0.5 km2) is water.

Name and history

When Plain Township was originally formed as a civil township, it was much larger. Lake Township became its own stand alone township in 1816 after its original formation as a survey township within Plain Township and after 1806 within Green Township.[4] Statewide, other Plain Townships are located in Franklin, Wayne, and Wood counties.


Plain Township Central fire station
Plain Township Central fire station

The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[5] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

The board is currently composed of John Sabo, Brook Harless, and Scott Haws. The current Fiscal Officer is Thomas W Wolf, CPA.[6]


A large portion of the township lies in the Plain Local School District, whose high school is GlenOak High School. The remainder of the township (primarily north of the city of North Canton) is served by the North Canton City Schools.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Stark County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates[permanent dead link] Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ Official Website of Lake Township, accessed February 2018.
  5. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
  6. ^ Board of Trustees Archived 2008-07-08 at the Wayback Machine, Plain Township, 2008. Accessed 2008-11-10.

Coordinates: 40°52′26″N 81°19′55″W / 40.874°N 81.332°W / 40.874; -81.332