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The city of Defiance is located in Defiance County<1> and is the County Seat for Defiance County.

The pronunciation of Defiance: dee-FEYE-uhnse<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Defiance, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1825.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Defiance has a population of 16,577 people<3> (see below for details).

Defiance is 690 feet [210 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Defiance lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Defiance: (419) and (567)<5>

The ZIP code for Defiance: 43512<6>

Websites for Defiance ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Defiance had an population of 16,577 people. This is an increase of 0.5% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 0.68% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Defiance had a population of 16,494 people (or 42.25% of the total population of Defiance County). This makes Defiance the county's most populous community.

The population of Defiance represents 0.14% of the population of Ohio (which has 11,536,504 people), making it the state's 112nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 16,494 people, the population of Defiance has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 16,465 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Defiance.

Communities Also Named Defiance ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 13 communities that are also named Defiance - they are located in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Michigan, Missouri (2), New Mexico (2), North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Defiance.

Communities near Defiance ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Defiance.

  • Bryan
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Napoleon
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Archbold
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)
  • Paulding
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paulding have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paulding
    • Paulding is located in Paulding County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,414 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Paulding
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paulding <7>
  • Stryker
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the north)
  • Continental
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Continental have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Continental
    • Continental is located in Putnam County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,085 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Continental
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Continental <7>
  • Holgate
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
  • Sherwood
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sherwood have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sherwood
    • Sherwood is located in Defiance County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 803 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Sherwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sherwood <7>
  • Oakwood
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakwood
    • Oakwood is located in Paulding County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 582 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Oakwood
  • Hamler
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Defiance. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Defiance.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Defiance. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Defiance.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Defiance. Our list includes 26 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Defiance.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Defiance ...

Looking for more information about Defiance? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Defiance, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Defiance.

Adding Defiance to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Defiance in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Defiance was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<9>

From that list, the Defiance post office opened in 1825.

We also found Defiance in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Defiance.

The official website for Defiance:

The official website for Defiance County:

The official website for State of Ohio:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Ohio's counties, including Defiance, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Defiance. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Defiance.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Defiance - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (567) is an overlay for area code (419).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Defiance). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Defiance or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<9>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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