Willshire, Ohio

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Willshire is a village in Van Wert County, Ohio, United States with a population of 463 as of the 2000 U.S. census. It is included within the Van Wert, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Willshire was founded by Captain James Riley and is named for the man who saved him while he was a captive in Africa, William Willshire. Willshire served as the first county seat for Van Wert County. A replica of the first courthouse sits in the village park.


Willshire is located at 40°44′52″N 84°47′32″W / 40.74778°N 84.79222°W / 40.74778; -84.79222 (40.747671, -84.792275)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 463 people, 192 households, and 124 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,221.1 people per square mile (470.4/km²). There were 207 housing units at an average density of 545.9/sq mi (210.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.92% White, 0.22% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 192 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.1 males.

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