Introduction to Defiance, Ohio

Defiance, Ohio, in Defiance county, is 41 miles E of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center) and 49 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio

Defiance History

Originally, Defiance was inhabited by Native American tribes. It was named after Fort Defiance which was named in honor of General Anthony Wayne who ordered construction of the fort in August 1794. The Native Americans allowed the whites to maintain a trading post at the site of Fort Defiance in 1795, after signing the Treaty of Greeneville. The present day Defiance was founded in 1822. The canal system that connected Defiance with Cincinnati, Toledo, and Fort Wayne was completed in 1845.

Defiance and Nearby Attractions

  • Au Glaize Village
  • Independence Dam State Park
  • Fort Defiance Park
  • Sauder Farm & Craft Village
  • Paulding John Historical Museum

Things To Do In Defiance

Defiance offers a number of city parks that include baseball and softball diamonds. You can also enjoy swimming at the Kingsbury Park and Bronson Park. Fishing and picnic facilities are available at the Independence Dam State Park which also offers scenic trails. The Recreation Department of Defiance organizes a number of events and festivals including the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Defiance Fall Fest, July 4th Fireworks Celebration and several other programs.

Defiance Transportation

The nearest airport is Toledo Express Airport.

Defiance Higher Education

Defiance College is the local college. Other colleges and universities offering facilities for higher education are Bowling Green State University - Main Campus, The University of Findlay and Ohio Northern University.


Total Population 16,571
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,410
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 46.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,910
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,975
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,399


Median Family Income $56,285
% Above Poverty Level 81.7%
% Below Poverty Level 18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $673
Median House Value $100,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 12.8%

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

Defiance Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles E of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio
County Defiance
Standard Zip Codes 43512
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.284
Longitude -84.355

Defiance Climate

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

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
Distance 15.8 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
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cecil 166 $47,500
Continental 998 $62,102
Holgate 1,193 $57,813
Melrose 127 $63,125

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

Defiance Public Libraries

Defiance Public Library
320 FORT ST.
Defiance, Ohio
(419) 782-1456
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Defiance Hospitals

(419) 782-8444
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(419) 783-6955
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 14

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