Pataskala is a city in Licking County, Ohio, United States. The population was 10,249 at the 2000 census. Pataskala was a small community until 1996, when what was then the village of Pataskala merged with Lima Township, vastly increasing its population and geographic area.
Pataskala is located at 39°59′52″N 82°41′51″W / 39.99778°N 82.6975°W / 39.99778; -82.6975 (39.997890, -82.697411), along the South Fork of the Licking River in Southwestern Licking County. Pataskala is also the home of two school districts, Southwest Licking Local Schools and Licking Heights Local Schools. The Licking Heights district also serves parts of Reynoldsburg, and Jefferson Township as well as the city of Blacklick.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.5 square miles (73.9 km²), of which, 28.5 square miles (73.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.07%) is water.