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Bryan, Ohio
Eastern side of the courthouse square
Eastern side of the courthouse square
The Fountain City
Location of Bryan, Ohio
Location of Bryan, Ohio
Location of Bryan in Williams County
Location of Bryan in Williams County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Williams
 • Total 5.42 sq mi (14.03 km2)
 • Land 5.39 sq mi (13.95 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
768 ft (234 m)
 • Total 8,729
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,528.04/sq mi (589.97/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-09792
GNIS feature ID 1048561

Bryan is a city in, and the county seat of, Williams County, Ohio, United States. It is located in the state's northwestern corner, 53 miles (85 km) southwest of Toledo. The population was 8,729 at the 2020 census.


Bryan was platted in 1840 by John A. Bryan, and named for him. It was incorporated as a village in 1841, and reincorporated as a city in 1941.

Williams County were originally part of Defiance County, with Defiance as the county seat. The area was later split into Williams and Defiance counties. Bryan was named the seat for the new county, but not without conflict; the village of Montpelier was considered a more centralized location. The people of Montpelier petitioned the state legislature, but in the end Bryan was named county seat because of its greater industrial and commercial importance and because of its higher population. To this day, many people still argue about the state's decision and a rivalry of sorts remains between the two communities.

A strip of Williams County north of Bryan was originally part of a conflict, the Toledo War, between Ohio and Michigan. Both states claimed the land, the Toledo Strip, which was named for the port city of Toledo at its eastern end. The conflict was eventually resolved in favor of Ohio, with Michigan being compensated with what is now the western Upper Peninsula.

The Williams County Courthouse downtown was completed in 1891. It is the third courthouse to occupy the property.

Bryan, Ohio, The East Side, 1910 or before


Bryan is located at 41°28′22″N 84°33′7″W / 41.47278°N 84.55194°W / 41.47278; -84.55194 (41.472692, -84.551928).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.56 square miles (14.40 km2), of which 5.53 square miles (14.32 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,064
1870 2,284 114.7%
1880 2,952 29.2%
1890 3,068 3.9%
1900 3,131 2.1%
1910 3,641 16.3%
1920 4,252 16.8%
1930 4,689 10.3%
1940 5,404 15.2%
1950 6,365 17.8%
1960 7,361 15.6%
1970 7,008 −4.8%
1980 7,880 12.4%
1990 8,348 5.9%
2000 8,333 −0.2%
2010 8,545 2.5%
2020 8,729 2.2%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,545 people, 3,761 households, and 2,214 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,545.2 inhabitants per square mile (596.6/km2). There were 4,087 housing units at an average density of 739.1 per square mile (285.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 3,761 households, of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.1% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 39.7 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.


Bryan is served by Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited service at an unmanned station along the former New York Central line. Norfolk Southern Railway operates the line for high-volume freight service passing through Bryan between the east and Chicago.

The city is served by U.S. Route 6 (US 6), US 127, State Route 2 (SR 2), SR 15, and SR 34. SR 15 connects to the Ohio Turnpike, which passes to the north of Bryan. Williams County Airport is the nearest general aviation airport.


Bryan's manufacturers produce a diversity of items. However, it is best known for products made by two companies headquartered in the city. Dum Dum lollipops, Saf-T-Pops and Marshmallow Circus Peanuts are made by Spangler Candy Company (the largest producer of candy canes in the world), and the Etch A Sketch (now manufactured in China) was developed by the Ohio Art Company. Allied Moulded Products, premier manufacturer of electrical enclosures, has been located in Bryan for 60 years. The city is also home to Titan Tire Corporation, makers of Goodyear- and Titan-brand off-road tires. In 2005 Sun Pharmaceutical purchased a plant specializing in generic medications from former operator Valeant Pharmaceuticals. The plant was sold to Kansas City, Missouri-based Nostrum Laboratories in December 2015.


Bryan City School District operates Fountain City Christian School, a private nondenominational Christian K-12 school, St. Patrick's Catholic School, a combined church and K-8 school, Bryan Public Elementary School and Bryan Middle/High School.

Bryan has a public library, a branch of the Williams County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Richard Cramer, actor
  • Steve Fireovid, professional baseball pitcher
  • Ned Garver, professional baseball pitcher
  • Dr. Margaret Goodell, stem cell scientist and professor at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Bob Hartman, guitarist and founder of the pioneer Christian rock band Petra
  • William Isaac, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1981 to 1985 and frequent commentator on financial regulatory matters
  • J.O. Kinnaman, biblical scholar and archaeologist
  • Horace Prettyman, the first Ohioan to play football for the University of Michigan
  • Richard Schreder, sailplane designer and pilot
  • Matt Wisler, professional baseball pitcher
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