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Along State Route 235 in Ada
Along State Route 235 in Ada
A Classic Ohio Village
Location of Ada, Ohio
Location of Ada, Ohio
Location of Ada in Hardin County
Location of Ada in Hardin County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Hardin
Township Liberty
 • Total 2.11 sq mi (5.47 km2)
 • Land 2.11 sq mi (5.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
958 ft (292 m)
 • Total 5,952
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,625.00/sq mi (1,013.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 419 Exchange: 634
FIPS code 39-00198
GNIS feature ID 1064295
Website Village of Ada OH Website

Ada AY-də; is a village in Hardin County, Ohio, United States, located about 69 miles (111 km) southwest of Toledo. The population was 5,952 at the 2010 census.


Ada was originally called Johnstown, and under the latter name was platted in 1853 by S. M. Johnson when the railroad was extended to that point. Ada became the name of the community's post office, after the postmaster's daughter, Ada. A post office called Ada has been in operation since 1854. Ada has been noted for having one of the shortest place names in Ohio.


Ada is located at 40°46′8″N 83°49′20″W / 40.76889°N 83.82222°W / 40.76889; -83.82222 (40.768883, -83.822298).

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 2.08 square miles (5.4 km2), all land. The area surrounding the village is mostly farmland and small plots of forest. Hog Creek is the only waterway of note and snakes around the village to the north and the east.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,760
1890 2,079 18.1%
1900 2,576 23.9%
1910 2,465 −4.3%
1920 2,321 −5.8%
1930 2,499 7.7%
1940 2,368 −5.2%
1950 3,640 53.7%
1960 3,918 7.6%
1970 5,309 35.5%
1980 5,669 6.8%
1990 5,413 −4.5%
2000 5,582 3.1%
2010 5,952 6.6%
2019 (est.) 5,544 −6.9%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,952 people, 1,729 households, and 846 families living in the village. The population density was 2,861.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,104.8/km2). There were 1,910 housing units at an average density of 918.3 per square mile (354.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 93.5% White, 1.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 1,729 households, of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 51.1% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the village was 22.2 years. 13.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 49.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.2% were from 25 to 44; 13.5% were from 45 to 64; and 6.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

Town information

The Wilson Sporting Goods NFL football manufacturing facility is located in Ada, and is the only leather football manufacturing facility in the United States.

The National Arbor Day Foundation has qualified Ada as a Tree City USA.

Following the 1817 Treaty of Fort Meigs, the Shawnee Indians held reservation land at Hog Creek near Ada.


The Wilson Sporting Goods NFL football manufacturing facility is located in Ada, and is the only leather football manufacturing facility in the United States.


Public Schools

Ada Exempted Village Public School houses grades K-12 and most of the administration. The district spends $7,701 per student annually ($925 lower than the state average).

Ada High School's sports teams participate in the Northwest Conference — an athletic body sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) — which includes the Ada Bulldogs, Allen East Mustangs, Bluffton Pirates, Columbus Grove Bulldogs, Convoy Crestview Knights, Delphos Jefferson Wildcats, Lincolnview Lancers, Paulding Panthers, and Spencerville Bearcats.

College education

Ada is the home of Ohio Northern University, a private University comprising five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law.


Ada Airport (FAA LID: 0D7) is a privately owned, public-use airport located 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) northwest of the central business district of Ada.

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