Boston Township, Summit County, Ohio

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Boston Township is one of the nine townships of Summit County, Ohio, United States, about 15 miles north of Akron and 23 miles south of Cleveland. It is part of the Akron metropolitan area. The 2000 census found 1,664 people in the township, 1,062 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]

Boston Township
View of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northern Boston Township
View of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northern Boston Township
Location in Summit County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Summit County and the state of Ohio.
Coordinates: 41°14′4″N 81°33′39″W / 41.23444°N 81.56083°W / 41.23444; -81.56083Coordinates: 41°14′4″N 81°33′39″W / 41.23444°N 81.56083°W / 41.23444; -81.56083
CountryUnited States
 • Total19.7 sq mi (51.0 km2)
 • Land19.6 sq mi (50.8 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation958 ft (292 m)
 • Total1,664
 • Density84.8/sq mi (32.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code39-07776[2]
GNIS feature ID1086996[1]


Located in the northern part of the county, it borders the following townships and municipalities:

Two villages are located in Boston Township: most of Boston Heights, in the northeast, and Peninsula, in the center. Peninsula is still part of the township but Boston Heights is separate[1]. Cuyahoga Falls annexed an area along State Road and Northfield Center has the Brandywine area due to annexation when Northfield Center was part of Northfield Village [2].

It occupies most of survey Town 4, Range 11 in the Connecticut Western Reserve.


Named by James Stanford after Boston, Massachusetts,[4] it is the only Boston Township statewide.

It has also been coined as "Helltown" due to certain conspiracy theories[example needed] involving the town.


Boston Township was established in 1811.[5] Boston Township's land has been in the following counties:[3]

Year County
1788 Washington
1797 Jefferson
1800 Trumbull
1808 Portage
1840 Summit


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,[6] 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.

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Boston Township is served by Interstate 271, which has an exit onto State Route 303 at the border with Richfield Township, and by State Route 303, which goes east–west through the middle of the township. The Ohio Turnpike (Interstate 80) passes through the township without any exits.[4]

Schooling for the township is provided by Woodridge Local School District.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Summit County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Archived 2016-08-18 at the Wayback Machine Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ Perrin, William Henry (1881). History of Summit County: With an Outline Sketch of Ohio. Baskin & Battey. p. 535.
  5. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 16.
  6. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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