Van Wert, Ohio
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 10,690 people, 4,556 households, and 2,947 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,803.8 people per square mile (696.0/km²). There were 4,927 housing units at an average density of 831.4 per square mile (320.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.07% White, 1.50% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 1.09% from other races
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, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.

There were 4,556 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,205, and the median income for a family was $41,711. Males had a median income of $31,441 versus $23,143 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $17,413. 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 7.9% of those age 65 or over.


Van Wert City Schools
Van Wert City School District
Van Wert City School District is a public school district serving students in the city of Van Wert, along with Liberty, Pleasant, and Ridge townships in Van Wert County in the U.S. state of Ohio...

 enrolls 2,027 students in public primary
Primary education
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 and secondary
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 schools. The district operates 6 public schools including three elementary schools (K-4th grade),Goedde building(5th grade), Van Wert Middle School (6th-8th grades) , and Van Wert High School
Van Wert High School
Van Wert High School is a public high school in Van Wert, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Van Wert City School District. Their school teams are all named the Cougars. The school mascot is named Claw'd...

 (9th-12th grades). Van Wert High School
Van Wert High School
Van Wert High School is a public high school in Van Wert, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Van Wert City School District. Their school teams are all named the Cougars. The school mascot is named Claw'd...

 sports participate in the Western Buckeye League
Western Buckeye League
Centered in Lima, Ohio, the Western Buckeye League is an OHSAA athletic league located in northwest Ohio and includes schools in Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam, and Van Wert counties. The league's school district boundaries also include portions of Logan, Shelby, Williams, and...

, an athletic body sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association
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(OHSAA). Van Wert has recently built a new high school and middle school complex and is going to build a new elementary school near the recently built high school and middle school. Along with the new school complex, a new performing arts center has been built, The Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, thanks to the generous gift of Van Wert High School Alum, Scott Niswonger. Every year since 2005, Van Wert Middle School has received the "National Schools to Watch" award.

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