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Defiance County, Ohio


"More than Just a Great Place to Live"

Page Contents for Defiance, Ohio

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The Ohio state capital is Columbus.
The population of Defiance is approximately 16,768 (1990), 16494 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,475 (1990), 6663 (2010).
The amount of land area in Defiance is 22.529 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 1.265 sq kilometers.
The distance from Defiance to Washington DC is 435 miles.
The distance to the Ohio state capital is 116 miles. (as the crow flies)
Defiance is positioned 41.28 degrees north of the equator and 84.36 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Defiance average annual rainfall is (precipitation) 32 inches per year
Defiance average annual precipitation is 32 inches peryear.
Defiance average annual snowfall is 26 inches per year.
Defiance average temperature is (summer) 76, (winter) 29 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 29 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 76 degrees F.


55 miles southwest of Toledo, 45 miles north of Lima, and 45 miles east of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Other large cities which are nearby: Detroit (120 miles), Columbus (140 miles), Cleveland (170 miles), and Chicago (190 miles).
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four seasons
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seasonal with beautiful winters and moderately warm and humid summers.
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Auglaize Village
P.O. Box 801
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Phone: 419-784-0107 or 419-782-7255
A recreated rural 19th century village and farm museum. Many events are held throughout the year. The village is located just west of Defiance off US Rt. 24 on Krouse Road.

Independence Dam State Park
27722 St. Rt. 424
Defiance, OH 43512
Ph. 419-784-3263

The book "The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio," and the play "Dreams of Defiance" tell really great story of life in a small foundry town. The movie, "House Arrest," starring Jamie Lee Curtis takes place in Defiance.
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Defiance City Government

Defiance City Government page
324 Perry St.
Defiance, OH 43512
Phone: 419-784-2101

Defiance official website

Defiance has a mayor/7 member city council type of government. It is the county seat of Defiance County

Defiance Historical Events

28 Nov. 1997 - The Defiance "Bulldogs" are the Div II State Champs in Football - Final Score 36 to 10

1997, March 20
Mrs. Irel Ashbaugh (Hester K. Ashbaugh) passed away today. Her husband died in 1972 in the Defiance Milk Products Co. explosion and fire. After his passing, she never went with another man. She said Grandpa was "one of a kind." Now she is with him in heaven.
Submitted by grand-daughter, Ann Mosier

1972, March 23
Explosion at Defiance Milk Products Co
"One man is dead and another in critical condition - both having been burned in an explosion and fire at the Defiance Milk Products Co., 24 Clinton, about 12:30 pm Thursday. Irel Ashbaugh, rt. 8, died this morning in the burn unit at St. Vincent's Hospital - Toledo, where Carl Sobiek, 200 Widmer, is listed in critical condition. Ashbaugh, an engineer, was doing maintenance work on the ammonia refrigeration system in the main plant when an explosion took place and was followed by fire. A spokesman for the plant said that Sobiek, a foreman, was just passing through the room at the time of the accident. Both men were first taken to Defiance Hospital by the Rescue Squad and then transferred to St. Vincents. There were no other injuries. Cause of the blast, first thought to be a rupture of an ammonia line or valve, has not definitely been determined and is still under investigation. Damage to the plant was not extensive and operations resumed this morning. Answering the alarm along with Defiance Fire Department and Defiance Rescue Squad were units from South Richmond and Jewell, all available private ambulances and all available volunteer firemen. Ammonia fumes were so great that firemen said skin was burned upon entering the area. Fumes were noticeable on the entire block of Clinton Street in front of the building. Firemen were forced to wear oxygen gear to fight the blaze which one witness said shot 40 feet up above the building after the blast. Ashbaugh was taken to Mast and Mock Funeral Home. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete."

Article from the Crescent News

1972, March 25
Obituary from the Crescent News for Irel Ashbaugh who died in an explosion in Defiance, Ohio

Defiance Chamber

Chamber of Commerce
615 West Third Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Phone: (419) 782-7946

Defiance Organizations

Chamber of Commerce
615 West Third Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Phone: (419) 782-7946

Defiance Libraries

The Defiance Public Library
320 Fort Street
Defiance, OH 43512
Ph. 419-782-1456

Defiance Schools

Defiance Public School System


Defiance College
701 N. Clinton St.
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Phone: 1-800-520-GODC
A four year liberal arts college.

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