Defiance, Ohio
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 16,465 people, 6,572 households, and 4,422 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,562.4 people per square mile (603.1/km²). There were 7,061 housing units at an average density of 670.0 per square mile (258.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.15% White, 3.44% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 6.50% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.75% of the population.

There were 6,572 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples
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 living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was composed of 25.7% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for households was $41,670, and the median income for a family was $49,599. Males had a median income of $37,322, compared to $23,938 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $19,790. About 7.4% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.


Defiance's economy is based on manufacturing a variety of products. The largest employer is the General Motors Powertrain division, which is the largest automotive iron foundry in North America. In the wake of General Motors filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 1, 2009, GM announced that it will continue operating the Defiance facility, thus sparing Defiance the hardship that closing the facility would bring.

Other manufactures include fiberglass (Johns Manville), auto parts, and farming food products.


Defiance City Schools provide public K-12 education. Schools maintained by local Lutheran and Catholic churches also provide K-8 education. Northeastern Local Schools (Tinora) and Ayersville Local Schools also serve rural Defiance, but is a smaller school district.

There are three high schools in the Defiance area: Defiance High School(Located in Defiance)and Tinora(Northeastern)and Ayersville High Schools which are located a few miles from the main city and serve the more rural areas of Defiance. Tinora and Ayersville are both smaller school districts.

Defiance College
Defiance College
Defiance College, located in Defiance, Ohio, USA, is an independent, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The campus includes eighteen buildings and access to the Thoreau Wildlife Sanctuary....

 is a small liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ
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 and has an enrollment of about 1,000 students. The presence of the college provides the community with many sports, cultural, and entertainment events that other similar-sized towns lack.

Parks and recreation

Defiance has several city parks that offer a variety of recreational activities, including baseball and softball diamonds and playground equipment. Kingsbury and Bronson Parks have public swimming pools.

Independence Dam State Park
Independence Dam State Park
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, 4 miles east of the city on State Highway 424 along the Maumee River
Maumee River
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, is also a popular recreational site for area residents. The park provides picnic facilities, nature trails, and fishing.

Notable natives

  • Lee Eureste, 28 year veteran of the US Navy, held the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3
  • Alene Duerk, first woman to be selected for flag rank in the U. S. Navy
  • Chad Billingsley
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    , pitcher
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     for the Los Angeles Dodgers
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  • Sam Hornish Jr., driver for the Nascar
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     Penske Racing
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  • Michelle Burke
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    , television and film actress
  • Jason Berry, television meteorologist and avid storm chaser
  • Wild Bill Davison
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    , jazz
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  • Greg Kampe
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    , men's head basketball coach at Oakland University
  • Don Miller, one of the Four Horsemen
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     of Notre Dame
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  • Jon Niese
    Jon Niese
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    , pitcher for the New York Mets
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  • Chad Reineke
    Chad Reineke
    Chad Karl Reineke is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball.-Personal life:...

    , pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
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  • Terry "Tuff" Ryan
    Terry Ryan (writer)
    Terry "Tuff" Ryan was an American writer, originally from Defiance, Ohio, who had resided in San Francisco for most of her adult life...

    , author
  • Bruce Shingledecker
    Bruce Shingledecker
    Bruce Shingledecker was a noted Alaskan wildlife painter. He was best known for his acrylic paintings of Alaskan wildlife, some of which included glacial silt for texture. In addition to painting, he was also a composer and musician.Shingledecker was born in Defiance, Ohio, where he grew up...

    , Alaskan wildlife painter
  • H. Allen Smith
    H. Allen Smith
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    , humorist
  • Alan Francis
    Alan Francis (horseshoes)
    Alan Francis is a horseshoes pitcher from Defiance, Ohio. Altogether, he has won the world horseshoe championship 16 times, in 1989, 1993, 1995-1999, 2001, and 2003-2010. He is also the only player to consistently pitch over 90%, and is regarded by many as the greatest horseshoe pitcher ever...

    , 16 time Horseshoe World Champion
  • Max Peter, four time first team all-state linebacker

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