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Defiance, Ohio

  •   State: 
    Defiance County
      County all: 
    Defiance | Paulding | Henry
      County FIPS: 
    39039 | 39125 | 39069
    41°16′55″N 84°21′46″W
      Area total: 
    13.28 sq mi (34.40 km²)
      Area land: 
    12.79 sq mi (33.12 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.49 sq mi (1.28 km²)
    676 ft (206 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Defiance, OH
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,334.74 residents per square mile of area (515.34/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Defiance is a city in and the county seat of Defiance County, Ohio, United States. It is located about 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Toledo and 47 miles (76 km) northeast of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The city contains the site of Fort Defiance, built by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in August 1794, during the Northwest Indian War. Fort Winchester was built on the same spot during the War of 1812, but it was a larger fort that extended southward somewhat along the Auglaize River. In 1822 Defiance was laid out as a town, in 1845 it was made the county. seat of the newly created county, and in 1881 it became a city. Defiance lends its name to a distinct end moraine from the Wisconsian glaciation, which stands 20 to 50 feet above the border of the plain outside it. In 2010, there were 16,494 people, 6,663 households, and 4,291 families living in the city. The population was 88.1% White, 3.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.8% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 14.4%. The city has a total area of 12.13 square miles (31.42 km²), of which, 11.62 square. miles (30.10 km²) is land and 0.51 square miles of water.


The city contains the site of Fort Defiance, built by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in August 1794, during the Northwest Indian War. General Wayne surveyed the land and declared to General Scott, "I defy the English, Indians, and all the devils of hell to take it." Today a pair of cannons outside the city library on the Maumee River overlook the confluence and mark the location of Fort defiance. In 1822 Defiance was laid out as a town and in 1845 it was made the county seat of the newly created county, and in1881 it became a city. The city was named after Fort Defiances. The U.S. forces moved northeast along the Mamee River to fight the decisive Battle of Fallen Timbers near the current town of MaumEE, Ohio. This victory secured for the United States the Northwest Territory, now the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Fort Winchester was built on the same spot during the War of 1812, but it was a larger fort that extended southward somewhat along the Auglaize River. Historical plaques in the sidewalks mark the full extent of Fort Winchester. It was built in 1812 and was the largest fort in the Northwest Territories at the time of the war. The town of Defiance is located on the banks of the Ohio River, near the city limits of the city of Columbus. The Ohio River is a tributary of the Maummee River, which runs through the city.


Defiance is located at 41°1655N 84°2146W (41.281891, -84.362856) The city has a total area of 12.13 square miles (31.42 km²) of which 11.62 square miles is land and 1.32 km² is water. Defiance lends its name to a distinct end moraine from the Wisconsian glaciation. The moraine varies in width from 2 to 4 miles, and according to Leverett, "it is like a broad wave whose crest stands 20 to 50 feet above the border of the plain outside it" The city is located in the U.S. state of Wisconsisia, which was once part of the state of Wisconsin. It is located on the Wisconsin River, which flows through the town of Defiance. The city's name comes from the Defiance moraine, which is the "last notable stand of the glacial front in this region" It is also the name of a town in Wisconsin, where it was once known as "Defiance" and is now called "Dodge City" The town's name is derived from the word "dodge," which means "to stand up" or "to fight" in a battle. The town is also known as the "City of Dodge" because of the town's nickname, "The City of Doves" and "The Doves," which is a reference to a Native American tribe that once lived there.


As of the census of 2010, there were 16,494 people, 6,663 households, and 4,291 families living in the city. There were 7,435 housing units at an average density of 639.8 per square mile (247.0/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 3.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.8% Asian, 4%.8% from other races, and 2.8%. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 14.4% of the population. The median income for households was $41,670, and the Median income for a family was $49,599. The per capita income for theCity was $19,790. About 7.4%. of families and 8.8. of the people were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 7.1. of those age 65 or over. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was2.91. The city's population was composed of 25.7% under the age of 18, 11.1%, 26.8%, 22.9% from 25 to 44, and 13.6%. of those 65 and older. In the city, the median age was 37.1 years, and for every 100 females there were 94.1 males. In 2000, the city had a population of 16,465.


Defiance has three high schools: Defiance, Tinora and Ayersville High Schools. Defiance has a small college, Defiance College, which has about 1,000 students. The city has a public library, the Defiance Public Library System, and a public elementary school. The Defiance City School District has a K-12 school with about 2,500 students. It also has a private school with around 1,500 pupils. The town's public schools have about 3,000 pupils. There are no public high schools in the city, but there are two private schools with about 300 students each. There is a public high school in the town of Defiance with about 4,200 students, but it is not part of the city's public school system. It is located a few miles from the main city of the town, in a rural area known as the "Rural District" The town has a large number of churches, many of which are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, which is based in Defiance. It has a number of public parks, including a park with a playground, which was built in the early 1900s. It was the first public park in the state. The state's first public library was opened in 1858. The first public elementary was opened on September 1, 1858, and it is still open today. The school district has been in operation since 1859. The public school district was founded in 1859, and the first high school opened in 1861. The district has a total of 12 schools.

Parks and recreation

Defiance has several city parks that offer a variety of recreational activities. These parks include Kingsbury Park and Diehl Park. Independence Dam State Park, 4 miles east of the city on State Highway 424, along the Maumee River, is also a popular recreational site for area residents. Fort Defiance Park is a park that currently occupies the site of the formerFort Defiance. In 1980, the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places. There is a Frisbee golf course. On the other side, there is a dog park. The park provides picnic facilities, nature trails, and fishing. It also has a public swimming pool, along with a reservoir with adjacent trails, along and a track up top. It is also possible to rent a car from the city for as little as $1,000 a year. The city has a number of parks that are open to the public, including Kingsbury, Diehl, and Independence Dam parks. There are also several parks that can be rented for as much as $2,000 per year, including Independence Dam, Kingsbury and Kingsbury parks, and a park on the outskirts of the town of Defiance that is open for up to $3,000. The town also has several other parks for rent, such as a baseball diamond and a softball field. The parks are located on the shores of the Ohio River, which runs through the city. They are also available for rent by the night, as well as by day.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio = 86. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 24. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Defiance = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 17,066 individuals with a median age of 37.7 age the population dropped by -4.88% in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,334.74 residents per square mile of area (515.34/km²). There are average 2.4 people per household in the 5,298 households with an average household income of $46,454 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.20% of the available work force and has dropped -3.10% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.60%. The number of physicians in Defiance per 100,000 population = 141.1.


The annual rainfall in Defiance = 34.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 24.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 124. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 180. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 15.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio which are owned by the occupant = 66.60%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 46 years with median home cost = $77,320 and home appreciation of 0.16%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $10.30 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,873 per student. There are 15.5 students for each teacher in the school, 250 students for each Librarian and 327 students for each Counselor. 6.72% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 10.66% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.82% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Defiance's population in Defiance County, Ohio of 7,579 residents in 1900 has increased 2,25-fold to 17,066 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.05% female residents and 48.95% male residents live in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio.

    As of 2020 in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio are married and the remaining 42.59% are single population.

  • 19.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Defiance require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    86.41% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.50% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.17% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.07% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, 66.60% are owner-occupied homes, another 23.44% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.96% are vacant.

  • The 61.86% of the population in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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