This small village has a traditional government and a full-time mayor. In addition, it has a six-member council and a village administrator. It also employs a part-time treasurer.
Joseph E. Crooks founded what would be the town in 1870. He bought a small strip of land and opened a general store not far from a busy railroad station. In an effort to augment his income, he wrote the U.S. government and requested that they start a post office there, and that he be the postmaster. They granted his wish, and that strip of land became Crooksville.
A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau states that there are around 3,000 people in Crooksville. There are about 1,000 households and 650 families; 98 percent of the population is white.
The average income is just over $25,000 a year. Males make around $7,000 more a year than females, and the average family takes home around $35,000 per year.
There are three large parks in Crooksville. One, called the Village Park and located on the north side of town, contains a tennis courts, basketball fields and an Olympic-sized pool. Crooksville also hosts an abundance of intramural sports and a top-notch archery program.
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