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Northwest Ohio

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Northwest or northwestern Ohio consists of multiple counties in the northwestern corner of the United States state of Ohio This area borders Lake Erie, southern Michigan, and eastern Indiana Some areas in northwestern Ohio are also considered the Black Swamp area The Toledo metropolitan area is also part of the region Just like any other region, there is no universally agreed-upon boundary for northwestern Ohio, as the entire area is defined differently by the opinions of multiple people

The area's population in the year 2000 was 1,639,144 The area is declining in population, specifically in the northern regions counties shaded in the darker blue and Allen County Southern areas such as Marion and Morrow counties as well as the city of Findlay are growing


  • 1 Largest municipalities
    • 11 Places considered within northwest Ohio
    • 12 Counties and county seats
    • 13 Other cities, villages, and townships
      • 131 Cities
      • 132 Villages
      • 133 Townships
      • 134 Toledo area townships
      • 135 Other places
    • 14 Extreme Northwest Ohio
      • 141 Principal Cities
  • 2 Transportation
    • 21 Airports
  • 3 Notable people
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Largest municipalitiesedit

The city of Toledo serves as the principal city for the region of Northwest Ohio Most of the region's television channels and radio stations are licensed in either Toledo, Perrysburg or nearby Bowling Green Though Toledo is an industrial city, the region is primarily agriculture with relatively small centers of commerce in various locations In recent years, Lucas County ie, Toledo, Sylvania, etc has seen a steep decline in population since 1970, whereas neighboring Wood County ie, Bowling Green, Perrysburg, etc and Hancock County ie, Findlay have experienced modest, yet steady, growth

Toledo is the region's principal and largest city Bowling Green is Northwest Ohio's fourth largest city, and largest Toledo suburb Downtown Lima, Ohio on a late March day
2015 rank City County 2015 estimate 2010 Census Change Highest Population Year Metropolitan Statistical Area
1 Toledo Lucas 279,789 287,208 2999741685468371350♠−258%1 383,818 1970 Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
2 Findlay Hancock 41,149 41,202 3000871365467695740♠−013%2 41,202 2010 Findlay, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area
3 Lima Allen 37,873 38,771 2999768383585669700♠−232%3 53,734 1970 Lima, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
4 Bowling Green Wood 31,246 30,028 7000405621420007990♠+406%4 31,246 2015 Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
5 Perrysburg Wood 21,423 20,623 7000387916404014930♠+388%5 21,423 2015 Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
6 Sylvania Lucas 18,965 18,965 5000000000000000000♠000%6 18,965 2015 Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
7 Defiance Defiance 16,776 16,494 7000170971262277190♠+171%7 16,783 1980 Defiance, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area
8 Fremont Sandusky 16,297 16,734 2999738855025696190♠−261%8 18,767 1960 Fremont, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area
9 Maumee Lucas 13,940 14,286 2999757804843903120♠−242% 15,937 1970 Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
10 Fostoria Hancock, Seneca, Wood 13,167 13,441 2999796146120080350♠−204%9 16,037 1970 Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

Places considered within northwest Ohioedit

Defiance, Ohio is the seventh largest town in the region

These places are or may be classified as being in northwestern Ohio, depending on the definition being applied:

Counties and county seatsedit

  • Allen –
  • Auglaize –
  • Defiance –
  • Fulton -
  • Hancock -
  • Hardin -
  • Henry -
  • Huron -
  • Lucas -
  • Marion -
  • Mercer -
  • Morrow -
       Mount Gilead
  • Ottawa -
       Port Clinton
  • Paulding -
  • Putnam -
  • Sandusky -
  • Seneca -
  • Van Wert -
       Van Wert
  • Williams -
  • Wood -
       Bowling Green 1
  • Wyandot -
       Upper Sandusky

Other cities, villages, and townshipsedit

If a city is a county seat, it has been listed above according to the county in which it lies Many of the cities, townships, and villages in northwest Ohio are clustered in the Toledo MSA This list is incomplete


  • Ada
  • Bellevue
  • Clyde
  • Crestline
  • Delphos
  • Fostoria
  • Galion
  • Holland
  • Huron
  • Maumee
  • Northwood
  • Ontario
  • Oregon
  • Perrysburg
  • Port Clinton
  • Rossford
  • Sandusky
  • Shelby
  • St Marys
  • Sylvania
  • Vermilion
  • Willard


  • Alger
  • Antwerp
  • Arcadia
  • Archbold
  • Arlington
  • Attica
  • Bailey Lakes
  • Bairdstown
  • Bay View
  • Beaverdam
  • Bellville
  • Belmore
  • Benton Ridge
  • Berkey
  • Berlin Heights
  • Bettsville
  • Blakeslee
  • Bloomdale
  • Bloomville
  • Bluffton
  • Bradner
  • Broughton
  • Buckland
  • Burgoon
  • Burkettsville
  • Butler
  • Cairo
  • Caledonia
  • Cardington
  • Carey
  • Castalia
  • Cecil
  • Chatfield
  • Chesterville
  • Chickasaw
  • Clay Center
  • Cloverdale
  • Coldwater
  • Columbus Grove
  • Continental
  • Convoy
  • Cridersville
  • Custar
  • Cygnet
  • Delta
  • Deshler
  • Dunkirk
  • Dupont
  • Edgerton
  • Edison
  • Edon
  • Elgin
  • Elida
  • Elmore
  • Fayette
  • Findlay
  • Florida
  • Forest
  • Fort Jennings
  • Fort Recovery
  • Fort Shawnee
  • Fulton
  • Genoa
  • Gibsonburg
  • Gilboa
  • Glandorf
  • Grand Rapids
  • Green Camp
  • Green Springs
  • Greenwich
  • Grover Hill
  • Hamler
  • Harbor View
  • Harpster
  • Harrod
  • Haskins
  • Haviland
  • Hayesville
  • Helena
  • Hicksville
  • Holgate
  • Holiday City
  • Hoytville
  • Jenera
  • Jeromesville
  • Jerry City
  • Kalida
  • Kelleys Island
  • Kirby
  • Lafayette
  • LaRue
  • Latty
  • Leipsic
  • Lexington
  • Liberty Center
  • Lindsey
  • Loudonville
  • Lucas
  • Luckey
  • Lyons
  • Malinta
  • Marblehead
  • Marengo
  • Marseilles
  • McClure
  • McComb
  • McGuffey
  • Melrose
  • Mendon
  • Metamora
  • Middle Point
  • Mifflin
  • Milan
  • Millbury
  • Miller City
  • Milton Center
  • Minster
  • Monroeville
  • Montezuma
  • Montpelier
  • Morral
  • Mount Blanchard
  • Mount Cory
  • Mount Victory
  • Nevada
  • New Bavaria
  • New Bloomington
  • New Bremen
  • New Knoxville
  • New London
  • New Riegel
  • New Washington
  • Ney
  • North Baltimore
  • North Fairfield
  • North Robinson
  • Oak Harbor
  • Oakwood
  • Ohio City
  • Ottawa
  • Ottoville
  • Pandora
  • Patterson
  • Payne
  • Pemberville
  • Perrysville
  • Pioneer
  • Plymouth
  • Polk
  • Portage
  • Prospect
  • Put-in-Bay
  • Rawson
  • Republic
  • Ridgeway
  • Risingsun
  • Rockford
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Savannah
  • Scott
  • Sherwood
  • Shiloh
  • Sparta
  • Spencerville
  • St Henry
  • Stryker
  • Swanton
  • Sycamore
  • Tiffin
  • Tiro
  • Tontogany
  • Uniopolis
  • Van Buren
  • Vanlue
  • Venedocia
  • Wakeman
  • Walbridge
  • Waldo
  • Waterville
  • Wayne
  • Waynesfield
  • West Leipsic
  • West Millgrove
  • Weston
  • West Unity
  • Wharton
  • Whitehouse
  • Willshire
  • Woodville
  • Wren


  • Amanda Township, Allen County
  • Amanda Township, Hancock County
  • American Township, Allen County
  • Auglaize Township, Allen County
  • Auglaize Township, Paulding County
  • Bath Township, Allen County
  • Bay Township, Ottawa County
  • Bloom Township, Wood County
  • Clear Creek Township, Ashland County
  • Erie Township, Ottawa County
  • Green Township, Ashland County
  • Hanover Township, Ashland County
  • Jackson Township, Allen County
  • Jackson Township, Ashland County
  • Jackson Township, Auglaize County
  • Jackson Township, Crawford County
  • Jackson Township, Hancock County
  • Jackson Township, Hardin County
  • Jackson Township, Paulding County
  • Jackson Township, Putnam County
  • Jackson Township, Richland County
  • Jackson Township, Sandusky County
  • Jackson Township, Seneca County
  • Jackson Township, Van Wert County
  • Jackson Township, Wood County
  • Jackson Township, Wyandot County
  • Lake Township, Ashland County
  • Lake Township, Wood County
  • Marion Township, Allen County
  • Marion Township, Hancock County
  • Marion Township, Hardin County
  • Marion Township, Henry County
  • Marion Township, Marion County
  • Marion Township, Mercer County
  • Mifflin Township, Ashland County
  • Mifflin Township, Richland County
  • Mifflin Township, Wyandot County
  • Milton Township, Ashland County
  • Mohican Township, Ashland County
  • Monroe Township, Allen County
  • Monroe Township, Henry County
  • Monroe Township, Putnam County
  • Monroe Township, Richland County
  • Montgomery Township, Ashland County
  • Orange Township, Ashland County
  • Perry Township, Allen County
  • Perry Township, Ashland County
  • Perry Township, Morrow County
  • Perry Township, Putnam County
  • Perry Township, Richland County
  • Portage Township, Ottawa County
  • Richland Township, Allen County
  • Richland Township, Defiance County
  • Richland Township, Marion County
  • Richland Township, Wyandot County
  • Ruggles Township, Ashland County
  • Shawnee Township, Allen County
  • Sullivan Township, Ashland County
  • Troy Township, Ashland County
  • Troy Township, Richland County
  • Troy Township, Wood County
  • Vermillion Township, Ashland County

Toledo area townshipsedit

  • Monclova Township
  • Perrysburg Township
  • Springfield Township
  • Sylvania Township
  • Washington Township

Other placesedit

  • Nankin
  • Nova
  • Sullivan

Extreme Northwest Ohioedit

What is considered to be Extreme Northwest Ohio is shaded in red including the counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams Allen and Hancock counties are sometimes included in the geographical area and are shaded in a lighter red Extreme Northwest Ohio in Ohio

Extreme Northwest Ohio, or Far N'western Ohio, is a portion of Northwest Ohio best known as the Great Black Swamp area due to its natural history The counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams in the state of Ohio are usually classified as extreme northwest Ohio

According to the 2000 Census, the population of this portion of NW Ohio is 234,660 When Allen and Hancock counties are included, the population is 414,428 Just like any other region, there is no universally agreed-upon line for northwestern Ohio, as the entire area is defined differently by the opinions of multiple people

Principal Citiesedit

City Population 2000 Census
Bryan Williams County 8,333
Defiance Defiance County 16,465
Findlay Hancock County 38,967
Lima Allen County 40,081



See also: List of airports in Ohio

Toledo Express Airport TOL, in suburban Swanton, is the largest airport in northwest Ohio Toledo Express is served by seven major passenger airlines, and has been named one of the five best small airports in the Midwest Toledo Express is also a major air cargo center, serving as the international hub for BAX Global Toledo Express has begun a $22 million renovation project; As of 2007, the airport has expanded and renovated the central gate area of its single terminal, and is seeking an airline to offer direct service to New York City

Toledo Express also hosts the corporate flight departments of Owens-Illinois, Owens-Corning, Pilkington, and Dana Holding Corporation Grand Aire Express offers charter and air taxi services from its base at the airport In education, the airport is a base of operations for FlightSafety International and Toledo Public Schools' aviation program, with flight instruction also offered by the airport's two fixed-base operators, who also provide fuel, repair, and storage for general aviation aircraft Additionally, Toledo Express is a base for F-16 fighter jets of the Ohio Air National Guard, which has provided the airport additional funding for runway lengthening and safety enhancements

Detroit Metropolitan Airport to the north, Port Columbus International Airport to the southeast, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to the east are the major or hub airports serving residents of northwest Ohio Detroit Metro is a "fortress hub" for Delta Air Lines and offers both domestic and international flights Cleveland Hopkins is a hub for United Airlines and offers both domestic and international flights

Charter and air taxi service is also available at several smaller airports, such as Toledo Metcalf Field, Findlay Airport, and Lima Allen County Airport General aviation users can also land at any one of approximately 40 public-use airports both publicly and privately owned in northwest Ohio

KFDY Findlay Airport has both the second and third largest runway in Northwest Ohio with runway 18/36 at 6449 x 100 ft and runway 7/25 at 5883 x 100 ft Runway 18/36 is capable of allowing aircraft such as the Boeing 767-200 to land and than take-off at MTOW if needed KTOL Toledo Express has the largest runway in northwest Ohio at 10,600 x 150 ft, making it capable of handling nearly any aircraft at MTOW

Notable peopleedit

Neil Armstrong in 1969
  • Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta in Auglaize County The Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum is named to honor his achievements
  • Singer and Grammy winner Anita Baker was born in Toledo in Lucas County
  • Figure Skater Alissa Czisny is from Bowling Green in Wood County She won a bronze medal at the 2007 United States Figure Skating Championships in Spokane
  • Actor Jamie Farr, best known as Corporal Maxwell Klinger from the TV series MASH, is from Toledo
  • Former president Gerald Ford's wife Betty Ford lived in Toledo for a short period of time in the 1940s with her ex-husband before marrying Gerald Ford
  • Stephen Hadley, National Security Advisor to President George W Bush, was born in Toledo and lived in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, until his family moved to the Cleveland area
  • Olympic Figure Skater Scott Hamilton is from Bowling Green in Wood County He won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Rutherford B Hayes, 19th president of the United States, lived in Fremont, Ohio
  • Kurt Rock, Rapper and record producer born in Defiance, & from Continental
  • Actress Katie Holmes is from Sylvania in Lucas County
  • 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner, 3 time Indy Car champion, and current NASCAR driver Sam Hornish Jr was born in Bryan, grew up in Defiance, and now lives in Napoleon
  • Children's television show host Frances Horwich, also known as "Miss Frances", was born in Ottawa, Putnam County
  • American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair graduated from Rossford High School
  • Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback and Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger is from Findlay in Hancock County
  • Teresa Brewer, a popular jazz and traditional pop music singer, was a native of Toledo
  • Guitarist Tom Scholz of the rock band Boston is from Ottawa Hills
  • Noted feminist Gloria Steinem is from Toledo Her grandmother, Pauline Steinem, was the first woman and thus, the first Jewish woman elected to the Toledo Board of Education


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External linksedit

  • Northwest Ohio travel guide from Wikivoyage

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