Willard, Ohio

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Willard, Ohio

Introduction to Willard, Ohio

Willard, Ohio, in Huron county, is 38 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 60 miles SE of Toledo, Ohio. There are an estimated 6,806 people who live in the city.

Willard History

Willard was formerly known as Chicago Junction, a name reserved for the junction of the Sandusky, Mansfield and Newark Railroad and the Baltimore and Ohio, and Chicago Railroad. The town was founded in 1874. Since the name "Chicago Junction" created confusion in the minds of the passengers heading for Chicago, the town changed its name to Willard in 1917. It was named in honor of Daniel Willard, the president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Willard was officially incorporated as a city in 1960.

Willard and Nearby Attractions

  • Edison Birthplace Museum
  • Johnson Island Civil War Prison and Fort Site
  • Black River Reservation
  • Goodtimes Amusement Park
  • Schedel Arboretum and Gardens

Things To Do In Willard

There are several museums near the city, including the Edison Birthplace Museum and the Milan Historical Museum, which provide information about historical aspects of the region. Trips may be planned to parks such as Malabar Farm State Park, Kelleys Island State Park, Findley State Park, and Bradley Woods Reservation, situated near Willard. Popular attractions to visit also include the African Safari Wildlife Park, the Goodtimes Amusement Park, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, and Kingwood Center.

Willard Transportation

Flights are available from Cleveland - Hopkins International Airport.

Willard Higher Education

Ashland University, Oberlin College, and Lorain County Community College are situated near Willard.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Willard Short Commute Times
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Willard Low Violent Crime
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 8% Willard Racial Diversity
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Willard Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Willard, Ohio

Comparing Willard 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 10 10
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Racial Diversity 7 10
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Senior Citizens 4 3
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2
Age of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 9
Portion of People Married 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 2
People in Middle Class or Better 2 2
Median Family Income 2 2
College Educated Adults 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Working at Home 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 9
Affordability of Rents 8 7
People Living Alone 6 6
Housing Recently Built 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 8
Low Property Crime 2 2

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Willard Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles SE of Toledo, Ohio
County Huron
Standard Zip Codes 44890
Company Zip Codes 44888
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.053
Longitude -82.726

Willard Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station TIFFIN
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
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Willard Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,806 100%
Male 3,226 47.4%
Female 3,580 52.6%
Under 18 2,094 30.8%
18+ 4,712 69.2%
65+ 832 12.2%
Median Age 31.6
Average Family Size 3.22
White 6,147 90.3%
African-American 105 1.5%
Asian 21 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 0.2%
Other 416 6.1%
Mixed Race 103 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 849 12.5%

Estimated Willard Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,818
Growth 12
Growth % 0.2%

Willard 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 24.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.7%
US/American 19.3%
English 11.7%
Irish 5.6%
Italian 4.7%
Dutch 3.6%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Scottish 1.1%
Romanian 1%
Polish 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Bulgarian 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
French Canadian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Canadian 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Boughtonville (44890)
Celeryville (44890)
Centerton (44890)
Delphi (44890)
Havana (44890)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Willard 6,806 $35,271
Attica 955 $44,408
New Washington 987 $46,875
North Fairfield 573 $46,250
Plymouth 1,852 $40,559
Shelby 9,821 $43,373
Tiro 281 $30,357

Willard Public Libraries

Willard Memorial Library
Willard, Ohio
(419) 933-8564

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Willard Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(419) 964-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Willard High Schools (2004)

Serves 711 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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