Originally named after the salt lickers in the vicinity, the community of Blacklick, which is near Jefferson Township in Franklin County, is now much larger. Blacklick is a town with a homely vibe, close to Columbus, Ohio’s culture, arts organizations, sports teams, and other attractions while also being only a few miles from everything else.
FOUNDING OF BLACKLICK
On the far east border of Franklin County in Jefferson Township, there is a little unincorporated community called Blacklick, Ohio. Blacklick Brook, a nearby creek or “lick,” also bears H.G. Black’s name; he was an early settler. Both the town and a neighboring Metro Park are traversed by the creek.
For almost a century, this area was a rural farming community, but after I-270 was built, property developers came looking for a place to put up houses, and the Blacklick area’s rolling hills were just what they were looking for.
GOVERNMENT OF BLACKLICK
Jefferson Township is a 15.34 square mile area in eastern Franklin County that is home to about 10,000 people and dozens of businesses. They are renowned for their tranquil atmosphere, rural character, and richness of open space. The vast majority of Jefferson Township is unincorporated, meaning it is not linked to any one city. Jefferson Township is responsible for providing emergency medical services, fire protection, zoning, residential garbage collection, and economic development for these areas. Furthermore, Jefferson Township offers fire protection and emergency medical services for areas that are incorporated.
Jefferson Township voters choose three trustees and a financial officer to lead the community. The trustees designate locals to four boards and commissions to oversee and offer recommendations on a range of township services, including the administration of the Jefferson Water and Sewer District (JWSD Board of Trustees), land use and zoning change requests (Zoning Commission), parks and community events (Parks Board), and zoning variance requests (Board of Zoning Appeals).
Blacklick is situated at 39°59′44″N 82°48′41″W in eastern Franklin County. Columbus, Ohio forms its western border, Pataskala the eastern, Reynoldsburg to the south, and Gahanna to the north.
Blacklick is 1.92 square miles (4.96 km2) in size overall, with 0.023 square miles (0.06 km2), or 1.25%, of that area being water, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Approximately 10,200 people call Blacklick home. The population density is 5,401 persons per square mile. The respective median ages of Blacklick and the US are 34.3 and 37.4, respectively. In comparison to the US average of 2.6 persons per home, Blacklick grounds has 2.8 people per household.
Columbus, one of the Midwest’s most attractive and culturally rich cities, shares Franklin County with the town of Blacklick, making it easy to get to work and ensuring a quick commute home after attending a performance, lecture, or concert downtown.
Furthermore, the Short North Arts district, and the Ohio State University, one of the world’s biggest and most prolific institutions of higher learning, as well as, people can enjoy the skyline, which features futuristic skywalks intended to make pedestrians safer and the new metropolis a little cooler.
The Blacklick community does not have a school district; however, it is divided among five districts: Gahanna Jefferson City Schools in Gahanna; Licking Heights Local School District, a local public school in Pataskala; The New Albany-Plain Local School District serves New Albany; Reynoldsburg City Schools in Reynoldsburg, and The Columbus City School District – a public school system located in Columbus, Ohio. Among the schools is the K–8 Grace Christian School, established in 1981.
Columbus can be enticing as a destination for great nights out, but the Blacklick neighborhood can sustain your social life on its own. Local restaurants liven up the neighborhood by bringing together friends and family over meals. Stadz Pizzeria is a terrific choice for meaty subs and pizza, Milano’s Italian Restaurant for other classic Italian favorites, Peking House Restaurant for some Chinese, Fronteras Tacos-Tequila-Wine for a great taco, and many other local favorites.