Piketon, Ohio

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Piketon is a village in Pike County, Ohio, United States, along the Scioto River. The village is best known for the uranium enrichment plant located there (one of only three such plants in the United States). The population was 1,907 at the 2000 census. Originally called Jefferson, it was the county seat of Pike County from 1815–1845, when it was decided by James Emmitt, a wealthy local entrepreneur, to move the county seat to Waverly due to its closer proximity to the then new Ohio & Erie Canal. It is not a large town, but a village. It is the location of the Pike County Fairgrounds, and is served by the Scioto Valley School District.

Perhaps the best-known historic resident of Piketon was Robert Lucas, the governor of Ohio and territorial governor of Iowa. Around 1824, Lucas built a large brick house two miles east of Piketon, named Friendly Grove, which became an epicenter of local political activity.

Piketon is served by the Western and Piketon branches of the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library.



Piketon is located at 39°4′4″N 83°0′33″W / 39.06778°N 83.00917°W / 39.06778; -83.00917 (39.067801, -83.009207)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.96%) is water.


The initial operation of the lead cascade of The American Centrifuge Demonstration Facility in Piketon, Ohio in 2005 comprised the first publicly visible component of next-generation uranium enrichment technology in the United States that employs a gas centrifuge process rather than gaseous diffusion to produce enriched uranium.

Piketon is expected to exhibit a growth economy during the early 21st Century with the establishment of a full-size USEC commercial uranium enrichment plant by 2012. [1]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,907 people, 693 households, and 469 families residing in the village. The population density was 955.6 people per square mile (368.1/km²). There were 745 housing units at an average density of 373.3/sq mi (143.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.22% White, 1.10% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, and 2.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

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