Stow is a city in Summit County, Ohio, United States. The population was 32,139 at the 2000 census and 33,899 as of 2008. It is a suburban community that is part of the Akron metropolitan area. Stow is located adjacent to several other suburban communities in Summit and Portage Counties. It is bordered on the south by the cities of Tallmadge and Munroe Falls and the village of Silver Lake, on the east by the city of Kent and Franklin Township, on the north by the city of Hudson, and on the west by the city of Cuyahoga Falls.
Of the thirteen original states, only Connecticut held anything back, reserving a strip of land lying south of Lake Erie. As the new state's government was short of money, part was given in lieu of bonuses to Revolutionary soldiers. Connecticut sold the rest of the Reserve to the Connecticut Land Company, made up of speculators organized for that purpose. Joshua Stow of Middletown, Connecticut, secured for his share the land that is now the City of Stow. All of this land was surveyed under the terms of the Northwest Ordinance: divided into counties, the counties into townships, the townships into sections.
Stow Township was first a part of Trumbull, then of Portage, and finally of Summit County. In the original draft it was known as Town 3, Range 10.