Berne Township, Fairfield County, Ohio

Berne Township, Fairfield County, Ohio

Hocking River valley north of Sugar Grove

Location of Berne Township in Fairfield County
Coordinates: 39°38′58″N 82°33′10″W / 39.64944°N 82.55278°W / 39.64944; -82.55278Coordinates: 39°38′58″N 82°33′10″W / 39.64944°N 82.55278°W / 39.64944; -82.55278
Country United States
State Ohio
County Fairfield
  Total 44.4 sq mi (114.9 km2)
  Land 44.0 sq mi (114.0 km2)
  Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation[1] 781 ft (238 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 5,088
  Density 116/sq mi (44.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-05956[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086073[1]

Berne Township is one of the thirteen townships of Fairfield County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 5,088,[3] of whom 4,662 lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.


Located in the southern part of the county, it borders the following townships:

Two municipalities are located in Berne Township: part of the city of Lancaster, the county seat of Fairfield County, in the northwest; and the village of Sugar Grove in the south.

Name and history

Berne Township was named after Berne, Switzerland, the native home of a first settler.[4] It is the only Berne Township statewide, although there is a Bern Township in Athens County.


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,[5] 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.


  1. 1 2 "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Berne township, Fairfield County, Ohio". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  4. Miller, Charles Christian (1912). History of Fairfield County, Ohio, and representative citizens. Chicago, Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co. p. 128.
  5. §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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