St Marys, Ohio

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St Marys, Ohio

Introduction to St. Marys, Ohio

St. Marys, Ohio, in Auglaize county, is 52 miles NW of Springfield, Ohio (center to center) and 83 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio. The city is located in the Lima metropolitan area and has a population of 8,342.

St. Marys History

Originally the city was named Kettletown after a Native American village in the same area. It was also named Girty's Town and Fort Barbee prior to being given its current name of St. Marys. From 1824 to 1840, the city was the county seat of Mercer County. St. Marys was legally established in 1823 and was incorporated in 1834. It became a city in 1904.

St. Marys and Nearby Attractions

  • Ouabache State Park
  • Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
  • Auglaize County Historical Society - Mooney Museum
  • Fort Amanda
  • Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Things To Do In St. Marys

Grand Lake St. Mary's has a large recreational area with facilities for camping, boating, fishing, and swimming. Miami & Erie Canal is also a popular location because of its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. Auglaize County Historical Society - Mooney Museum displays artifacts and photographs of early Auglaize history. St Mary's Memorial Park is located beside St. Mary's River on the west and the Miami & Erie Canal on the north side. Parks such as Indian Lake State Park, Kiser Lake State Park, and Buck Creek State Park are also located near St. Mary's.

St. Marys Transportation

Flights are available from James M Cox Dayton International Airport.

St. Marys Higher Education

The nearest colleges to the city are Ohio Northern University, Wright State University-Main Campus, and Sinclair Community College.

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High Points

St Marys strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Ohio):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 8% St Marys Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 9% St Marys Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of St Marys, Ohio

Comparing St Marys to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Ohio (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 7
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Senior Citizens 6 6
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Age of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 6
Average Household Size 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 6
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
Median Family Income 5 5
College Educated Adults 2 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Short Commute Times 9 10
Public Transportation Use 6 8
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 7
Affordability of Rents 7 6
People Living Alone 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 6
Housing Recently Built 2 5

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St Marys Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles NW of Springfield, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio
County Auglaize
Metro Area Lima
Standard Zip Codes 45885
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.542
Longitude -84.389

St Marys 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 7.7 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
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station BERNE
Distance 30.7 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
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St Marys Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,342 100%
Male 4,047 48.5%
Female 4,295 51.5%
Under 18 2,363 28.3%
18+ 5,979 71.7%
65+ 1,242 14.9%
Median Age 34.9
Average Family Size 3.1
White 8,133 97.5%
African-American 29 0.3%
Asian 82 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.1%
Other 12 0.1%
Mixed Race 73 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 38 0.5%

Estimated St Marys Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,238
Growth -104
Growth % -1.2%

St Marys Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 54.5%
US/American 11.1%
Irish 10.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.3%
English 5.1%
French (except Basque) 2.4%
Polish 1.5%
Dutch 1%
Welsh 1%
European 1%
Italian 0.8%
Scottish 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Pennsylvania German 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Norwegian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
St Marys 8,342 $44,247
Buckland 255 $31,625
Chickasaw 364 $62,250
Kettlersville 175 $51,250
Montezuma 191 $48,750
New Bremen 2,909 $61,011
New Knoxville 891 $51,000

St Marys Public Libraries

St. Marys Community Library
St Marys, Ohio
(419) 394-7471
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St Marys Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(419) 394-3335
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 890 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

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