Introduction to Wapakoneta, Ohio

Wapakoneta, Ohio, in Auglaize county, is 48 miles NW of Springfield, Ohio (center to center) and 75 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio. The city is considered part of the Lima metropolitan area.

Wapakoneta History

The Ottawa Native Americans occupied Wapakoneta before they left Ohio, and the Shawnee Native Americans settled in the city by 1798. By 1808, numerous Native American tribes were in Wapakoneta. They were mainly agriculturists who had adopted methods introduced by missionaries. The first sawmill and gristmill in the northwestern part of Ohio was located in Wapakoneta. After the Shawnee and Seneca tribes left in 1831, the area was occupied by white settlers. During the 1880s, the oil and natural gas drilling industry grew in addition to the agriculture industry.

Wapakoneta Nearby Attractions

  • Allen County Museum
  • Fort Amanda
  • Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
  • Gilboa Quarry - Ottawa
  • Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum
  • Piqua Historical Area

Things To Do In Wapakoneta

There are a number of museums near Wapakoneta like the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum, the Bicycle Museum of America and Allen County Museum. The Grand Lake St. Marys State Park offers opportunities for activities like camping, boating, swimming, fishing and hunting. Gilboa Quarry is also a popular place of interest nearby. Fort Recovery houses a museum and is the memorial site of the defeat of the forces of General Arthur St. Clair's forces by the Miami Indians.

Wapakoneta Transportation

Flights are available from James M. Cox Dayton International Airport.

Wapakoneta Higher Education

Ohio Northern University, the University of Findlay and Wittenberg University are some of the colleges located near Wapakoneta.


Total Population 9,776
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,764
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 53.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.6%
Median Earnings25+ $32,785
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,813
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,079


Median Family Income $61,399
% Above Poverty Level 88.7%
% Below Poverty Level 11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 30.5%
Median Gross Rent $572
Median House Value $107,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.4%
US/American 0%
English 5.1%
Irish 13.5%

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

Wapakoneta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles NW of Springfield, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio
County Auglaize
Metro Area Lima
Standard Zip Codes 45819, 45895
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.567
Longitude -84.193

Wapakoneta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.8 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 SIDNEY 1 S
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches
Distance 28.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Wapak (45895)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Botkins 1,320 $65,132
Buckland 304 $50,000
Cridersville 1,785 $43,750

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

Wapakoneta Public Libraries

Auglaize County District Public Library
203 S. PERRY ST.
Wapakoneta, Ohio
(419) 738-2921

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Wapakoneta High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,077 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

Serves 131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7


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