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Copley Township, Summit County, Ohio
—  Township  —
Copley Township's location within Summit County
Coordinates: 41°5′53″N 81°38′18″W / 41.09806°N 81.63833°W / 41.09806; -81.63833
Country United States
State Ohio
County Summit
 - Total 20.8 sq mi (53.8 km2)
 - Land 20.4 sq mi (52.9 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation [1] 1,004 ft (306 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 13,641
 - Density 668.0/sq mi (257.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44321
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code [2]
GNIS feature ID [1]

Copley Township is one of the nine townships of Summit County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 13,641 people in the township.[3]



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

Several populated places are located in Copley Township:

A formerly rural township located west of the county seat of Akron, Copley Township has become increasingly suburban over the last few decades.

Name and history

It is the only Copley Township statewide.

Purchased by William Gardiner in 1807, Copley was originally named Greenfield. The area was first settled by Jonah Turner in 1814 and became a township in 1819. The name Copley was given to the area in honor of William Gardiner's father-in-law John Singleton Copley.[4]

In 1980, the Northeastern section of Copley voted to separate and form the Village of Fairlawn.[5]


A typical scene on the western border of Copley Township.

Copley Township's economy is based on several strip malls, chemical plants, and agricultural businesses. The rest of the township is dotted with farms and subdivisions.


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,[6] 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.

Notable natives and residents


The school system in the township is shared with Fairlawn and has a set of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, having two state championships in sports: men's soccer (1994) and men's golf (2003).


In 1990, Copley Square Plaza was designated a superfund site after tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and other contaminates from a dry cleaners were found in the soil.[7]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ Summit County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ History, Copley Township, 2007. Accessed .
  5. ^ History, Copley Township, 2008. Accessed .
  6. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
  7. ^ [1]NPL Site Narrative for Copley Square Plaza, NPL, Superfund, US EPA:

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