Defiance, Ohio

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Defiance is a city in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio, in Defiance County, about 55 miles southwest of Toledo. The population was 16,465 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Defiance County[3]. The city is on the site of Fort Defiance, built by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in August 1794 at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee rivers. General Wayne surveyed the land and declared to General Scott, "I defy the English, Indians, and all the devils of hell to take it." This area became Fort Defiance. Today a lone pair of cannons outside the city library on the Maumee River overlook the confluence and mark the location of Fort Defiance, which faced the confluence.

According to 2600 Magazine, Defiance, Ohio is the coolest city name in the world.[citation needed]



Defiance is located at 41°16′55″N 84°21′46″W / 41.28194°N 84.36278°W / 41.28194; -84.36278 (41.281891, -84.362856)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.0 square miles (28.6 km²), of which, 10.5 square miles (27.3 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (4.44%) is water.


According to the Midwest Climate Center, Defiance's average January temperatures are a high of 31.2 °F (−0.4 °C) and a low of 17.1 °F (−8.3 °C). Average July temperatures are a high of 84.2 °F (29.0 °C) and a low of 63.3 °F (17.4 °C). There are an average of 16.4 days with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher and an average of 138.8 days with lows of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower. The record high temperature was 106 °F (41 °C) on July 14, 1936. The record low temperature was −26 °F (−32 °C) on January 13, 1912.[5]

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