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Van Wert

Van Wert, Ohio

  •   State: 
    Van Wert County
    Van Wert
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    40°52′4″N 84°35′0″W
      Area total: 
    7.81 sq mi (20.23 km²)
      Area land: 
    7.53 sq mi (19.50 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.28 sq mi (0.73 km²)
    778 ft (237 m)
    1903; Incorporated (town) 1848; Incorporated (city) 1903
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    Van Wert, OH
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,473.04 residents per square mile of area (568.74/km²)
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Van Wert is a city in and the county seat of Van Wert County, Ohio, United States. The municipality is located in northwestern Ohio approximately 77 mi (123 km) SW of Toledo and 34 mi (54 km) SE of Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is named for Isaac Van Wart, one of the captors of Major John André in the American Revolutionary War. It was the birthplace of aviation pioneer Walter Hinton and the famous baritone Charles W. Clark. At one point it was the only place in the world producing Liederkranz cheese. It also has a thriving community art center, the Wassenburg Art Center, and the award-winning Van Wernt Civic Theatre. The home office of Central Insurance Companies is Located in Van WERNT. The city has a total area of 7.61 square miles (19.71 km²), of which 7.33 sq miles (18.98 km²) is land and 0.28sq miles (0.73 sq km) is water. The population was 10,846 at the 2010 census. The emergency warning system is credited with saving many lives after several cars were thrown into a movie theatre that had been packed with people just minutes earlier. The people of VanWert (400 of which called themselves "Cheesemakers") contributed to the town of Vimoutiers, Orne, Lower Normandy, France with help in the costs of reconstruction and reparation of the town after it was mistakenly bombed during World War II.


Van Wert was surveyed in 1824 by Captain James Riley, who was contracted by the government to survey lands purchased from Native Americans under a treaty in 1818. It was incorporated as a town in 1848 and was chartered as a city in 1903. The people of Van Wert (400 of which called themselves "Cheesemakers") contributed to the town of Vimoutiers, Orne, Lower Normandy, France with help after it was mistakenly bombed by the US Air Force during World War II. They volunteered to pay for the replacement of Marie Harel's statue in 1953. Vimoutier is a centre for local making of Camembert, Livarot and Pont-l'Évêque cheeses. The town's emergency warning system is credited with saving many lives after several cars were thrown into a movie theatre that had been packed with people just minutes earlier. On November 10, 2002, an F4 tornado ripped through the town, killing two people. This was one of many tornado touchdowns during the 2002 Veterans Day Weekend tornado outbreak. It is also the birthplace of aviation pioneer Walter Hinton and the famous baritone Charles W. Clark. At one point, Van Werst was the only place in the world producing Liederkranz cheese. This pungent dairy product was made at the now-closed Borden plant. It's recorded by a plaque in the market square of Vim outiers. It can be found on the map of the Normandy region.


Van Wert is located at 40°524N 84°350W (40.867863, -84.583461). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.61 square miles (19.71 km²) of which 7.33 square miles is land and 0.73 km² is water. The city is located on the Ohio River, which runs through the center of the city. Van Wert has a population of 2,816. It is the largest city in the Ohio Valley and the second largest in the state after Cincinnati. It has a latitude of 40.524N and a longitude of 84.350W. It was the site of the first recorded human settlement in the area in 1805. The town's name comes from the German word "van Wert" which means "the place" or "place of the river" or, more commonly, "the river valley" or the "river valley". It was named after the town of Wert, which was first recorded in 1806. It became the first city in Ohio to have a post office in 1807. It also was the first town in the United States to be named after a city, which dates back to 1805, and the first post office to be established in 1808. In 1809, the town was the location of the town's first recorded population of 1,068. It had a postcode of "Wert" (pronounced "wert").


As of the census of 2010, there were 10,846 people, 4,536 households, and 2,812 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 94.6% White, 1.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, and 0.4% Asian. There were 4,556 households, out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was2.93. The city's median income was $33,205, and the median income for a family was $41,711. About 5.0% of families and 7.1%. of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4%. of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over. In the city, the median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there are 88.8 males. For. every 100 Females age 18 or over, there is 86.1 males. In 2000, the city had a population of 10,690, with 4,927 housing units at an average density of 831.4 per square mile (320.8/km²) The city is located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers's National Defense Training Area, which is part of the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. The U.N. State Department has a training center in the area.


Van Wert City Schools enrolls 2,027 students in public primary and secondary schools. The district operates 4 public schools including the Early Childhood Center (Pre-school-Kindergarten) and Van Wert Elementary School (1st-5th grades) The district recently built a new high school and middle school complex in 2007, and just opened a new elementary school next to the high school/middle school complex so all students are now in one area. Every year since 2005, van Wert Middle School has received the "National Schools to Watch" award. The main branch of the Brumback Library is located in the district's main building, the Goedde Building, which is also used as the Central Administrative Offices. The high school plays in the Western Buckeye League, an athletic body sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) The school also has a performing arts center, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, thanks to a private donation from a former student and high school alumnus, Scott Nis wonger. The school has a library, with a branch in the town's downtown area. The town also has its own high school, with the school's sports teams playing in the Ohio State High School League. The city has a high school gym, which was built in the 1970s and is used as a gym for the football and basketball teams. It is also the home of the Van Werth High School marching band.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio = 89. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 20. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 91. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Van Wert = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 11,092 individuals with a median age of 38.8 age the population dropped by -5.73% in Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,473.04 residents per square mile of area (568.74/km²). There are average 2.23 people per household in the 4,428 households with an average household income of $36,976 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 13.40% of the available work force and has dropped -2.72% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.16%. The number of physicians in Van Wert per 100,000 population = 89.6.


The annual rainfall in Van Wert = 36.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 29.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 112. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 180. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 17.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 46, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio which are owned by the occupant = 65.00%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 58 years with median home cost = $71,480 and home appreciation of 1.95%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $10.53 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,222 per student. There are 17.5 students for each teacher in the school, 747 students for each Librarian and 468 students for each Counselor. 6.34% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 9.17% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.68% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Van Wert's population in Van Wert County, Ohio of 6,422 residents in 1900 has increased 1,73-fold to 11,092 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.58% female residents and 47.42% male residents live in Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio.

    As of 2020 in Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio are married and the remaining 43.44% are single population.

  • 17.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Van Wert require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.22% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.90% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.12% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.92% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio, 65.00% are owner-occupied homes, another 25.50% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.51% are vacant.

  • The 41.23% of the population in Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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