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About Van Wert

Van Wert is located on the Ohio-Indiana border in northwestern Ohio in northwest Ohio’s rich agricultural area, situated. The City of Van Wert is the county seat and is recognized as the area’s center for business growth and development, medical and cultural opportunities.

Major communities surrounding Van Wert County include Lima, Ohio, 20 miles to the east, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 30 miles west, Dayton, Ohio 80 miles south and Toledo, Ohio 85 miles north. It is located within a 350 mile radius of the Great Lakes, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Pittsburg, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Toledo and Dayton. This central location illustrates the convenience of Van Wert not only for economic development amenities, but also for entertainment possibilities for its citizens.

Van Wert is home to the first county library in the United States, the Brumback Library. It also has a thriving community art center the Wassenburg Art Center and the award-winning Van Wert Civic Theatre. Van Wert is the smallest city in the United States with both a YMCA and a YWCA.


Van Wert’s superior standard of living, community pride and solid work ethic make it especially attractive.  Its hometown atmosphere offers a fine educational system, an overall low cost of living and outstanding medical and recreational facilities. The city’s central location and Midwestern roots give it a unique social and cultural awareness that makes it a special place to call home.

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