Northwest Ohio

Northwest Ohio, or Northwestern Ohio, has multiple counties in the northwestern corner of the United States state of Ohio. This area borders Lake Erie, Southeast Michigan, and eastern Indiana. Some areas 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 boundary that is universally agreed upon boundary for Northwestern Ohio, as the entire area is defined differently by different people.

The area's population in 2000 was 1,639,144 and is declining in population, specifically in the northern regions (counties shaded in the darker blue and Allen County). However, southern areas, such as Marion and Morrow Counties, and the City of Findlay are growing.

Largest municipalities

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 (i.e., Toledo, Sylvania, etc.) has seen a steep decline in population since 1970, whereas neighboring Wood County (i.e., Bowling Green, Perrysburg, etc.) and Hancock County (i.e., Findlay) have experienced modest, yet steady, growth.

2015 rank City County 2015 estimate 2010 Census Change Highest Population (Year) Metropolitan Statistical Area
1 Toledo Lucas 279,789 287,208 −2.58%[1] 383,818 (1970) Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
2 Findlay Hancock 41,149 41,202 −0.13%[1] 41,202 (2010) Findlay, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area
3 Lima Allen 37,873 38,771 −2.32%[1] 53,734 (1970) Lima, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
4 Bowling Green Wood 31,246 30,028 +4.06%[1] 31,246 (2015) Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
5 Perrysburg Wood 21,423 20,623 +3.88%[2] 21,423 (2015) Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
6 Sylvania Lucas 18,965 18,965 0.00%[3] 18,965 (2015) Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
7 Defiance Defiance 16,776 16,494 +1.71%[4] 16,783 (1980) Defiance, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area
8 Fremont Sandusky 16,297 16,734 −2.61%[3] 18,767 (1960) Fremont, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area
9 Maumee Lucas 13,940 14,286 −2.42% 15,937 (1970) Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
10 Fostoria Hancock, Seneca, Wood 13,167 13,441 −2.04%[3] 16,037 (1970) Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

Places considered within northwest Ohio

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

Counties and county seats

Other cities, villages, and townships

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.




Toledo area townships

Other places

Extreme Northwest Ohio

Extreme Northwest Ohio, or Far Northwestern 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 Morthwest 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 Cities

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



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 people


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