Defiance County, Ohio

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Defiance County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of 2000, the population was 39,500. Its county seat is Defiance[2]. It was named after an early Army fortification, Fort Defiance, which was named that by Mad Anthony Wayne to signify the settler's "defiance" of the Indians.[3][4]

The Defiance Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Defiance County.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 414 square miles (1,072.3 km2). 411 square miles (1,064.5 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.73%) is water.

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As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 39,500 people, 15,138 households, and 11,020 families residing in the county. The population density was 96 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 16,040 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.59% White, 1.75% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.59% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 7.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.6% were of German, 13.5% American, 6.8% Irish and 5.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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