Pickerington is a city in Fairfield and Franklin counties in the central region of the U.S. state of Ohio. It was founded in 1815. It is a suburb of Columbus. The population was 9,792 at the 2000 census. As land annexation, development, and in-migration in and around Columbus continues, the city of Pickerington (like many area suburbs) has generally followed suit: its population was estimated at 17,531 as of July, 2008.
The Ohio Secretary of State certified Pickerington as a city in 1991. At 11.1 sq mi (29 km2), Pickerington is the second largest city in Fairfield County. The City of Pickerington is located just east of Columbus, Ohio. The city features a historic downtown shopping area, while Violet Township is home to rolling hills, long horses, forests, and fields.
Pickerington uses the weak-mayor version of the mayor-council government, which constitutes an elected executive mayor position, an elected city council, and an appointed city manager position.