Introduction to Van Wert, Ohio

Van Wert, Ohio is 33 miles SE of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center) and 76 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio. It is in Van Wert County. 

Van Wert History

The area now known as Van Wert was initially called Black Swamp but was eventually named after Isaac Van Wert. In 1834, Van Wert settled in. George Marsh, James Watson Riley and Peter Aughenbaugh were among the early settlers. At that time, this area was the only place that produced Liederkranz cheese. Van Wert became the county seat in 1838. During World War II, Van Wert was mistakenly bombed by the US Air Force. Van Wert was the hometown of Walter Hinton, an aviation pioneer.

Van Wert and Nearby Attractions

  • Van Wert County Historical Museum
  • Fort Amanda
  • Limberlost State Historic Site
  • Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
  • Paulding John Historical Museum
  • Adams County Historical Museum

Things To Do In Van Wert

At Van Wert, you can visit Smiley Park, Hiestand Park, Memorial Park, Jubilee Park, Dickinson Park, Fountain Park and Wesley Park. The Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Liberty Baptist Church, Pentecostal Way Church and First Friends Church are also worth visiting. You can enjoy shopping at the Summit Shopping Center. In addition, you can visit the Van Wert County Fairgrounds and Van Wert Civic Theater.

Van Wert Transportation

International flights are available from Fort Wayne International Airport.

Van Wert Higher Education

Indiana University - Fort Wayne, University of Findlay and Ohio Northern University are among the institutions that offer opportunities for higher studies.


Total Population 10,769
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 19.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,275
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.2%
Median Earnings25+ $29,241
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,269
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,394


Median Family Income $48,359
% Above Poverty Level 78.8%
% Below Poverty Level 21.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $615
Median House Value $83,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 14.9%

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

Van Wert Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles SE of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio
County Van Wert
Standard Zip Codes 45891
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.869
Longitude -84.584

Van Wert Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station VAN WERT 1 S
Distance 1.3 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
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Station BERNE
Distance 23.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Convoy 1,285 $51,625
Haviland 192 $36,250
Middle Point 534 $55,833

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

Van Wert Public Libraries

Brumback Library
215 W. MAIN ST.
Van Wert, Ohio
(419) 238-2168
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Van Wert Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(419) 238-8627
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 694 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

Serves 381 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Serves 58 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

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Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

A Vocational School

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