Introduction to Celina, Ohio

Celina, Ohio, in Mercer county, is 49 miles NE of Muncie, Indiana (center to center) and 92 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio. As of the year 2000 census, 10,303 people lived in Celina.

Celina History

The area now known as Celina was originally a swampy and wooded land. It was first settled in 1834. It derived its name from Salina, Ohio. However, the spelling was deliberately changed to avoid confusion. Oil and natural gas deposits were discovered in Celina around the 1880s. Soon after that, the population of Celina increased remarkably. Though it was a farming community in its initial years, a number of manufacturing establishments flourished in Celina during the 20th century. Celina became the largest city of Mercer County in 2000.

Celina and nearby Attractions

  • Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
  • Mercer County Historical Museum
  • Fort Recovery State Memorial
  • The Bicycle Museum of America
  • Fort Amanda
  • Wilderness Trail Museum

Things To Do In Celina

In Celina, you can spend your leisure at the Aquatic Creations. The local parks include Mercelina Park, Eastview Park, Westview Park, and Shore Park. You can also plan a family day trip to the Celina Main Street Commercial Historic District. The Celina Friends Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Bethany Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Saint Paul’s Methodist Church are also worth visiting. Shopping and other entertainment opportunities are provided by the Harts Shopping Center and Plaza Shopping Center.

Celina Transportation

The nearest international airport is James M. Cox Dayton International Airport.

Celina Higher Education

Wright State University - Lake Campus is the local university. Other colleges and universities offering higher educational facilities include Ohio Northern University and Sinclair Community College.


Total Population 10,373
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,919
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 49.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $55,283
% Above Poverty Level 88.1%
% Below Poverty Level 11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $656
Median House Value $107,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.7%
US/American 0%
English 6.7%
Irish 13.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Celina Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 49 miles NE of Muncie, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio
County Mercer
Standard Zip Codes 45822
P.O. Box Zip Codes 45826
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.548
Longitude -84.57

Celina Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CELINA 3 NE
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Station VAN WERT 1 S
Distance 20.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Station BERNE
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Celina, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carthagena (45822)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chickasaw 363 $66,250
Coldwater 4,327 $69,922
Mendon 557 $45,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Celina Public Libraries

Dwyer-mercer County Dist. Public Library
303 N. MAIN ST.
Celina, Ohio
(419) 586-4442
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Student/teacher ratio: 18


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