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Coldwater, Ohio
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which dominates the village's skyline
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which dominates the village's skyline
Official seal of Coldwater, Ohio
Location in Mercer County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Mercer County and the state of Ohio.
Country United States
State Ohio
County Mercer
Township Butler
 • Total 1.99 sq mi (5.16 km2)
 • Land 1.94 sq mi (5.02 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
909 ft (277 m)
 • Total 4,427
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,352.76/sq mi (908.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-16532
GNIS feature ID 1060984

Coldwater is a village in Mercer County, Ohio, United States. The population was 4,427 at the 2010 census.


Coldwater is located at 40°28′49″N 84°37′46″W / 40.48028°N 84.62944°W / 40.48028; -84.62944 (40.480402, -84.629332).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.97 square miles (5.10 km2), of which 1.92 square miles (4.97 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,001
1890 1,276 27.5%
1900 1,515 18.7%
1910 1,114 −26.5%
1920 974 −12.6%
1930 1,516 55.6%
1940 2,449 61.5%
1950 3,702 51.2%
1960 4,151 12.1%
1970 3,952 −4.8%
1980 4,007 1.4%
1990 4,411 10.1%
2000 4,482 1.6%
2010 4,427 −1.2%
2019 (est.) 4,562 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the village was $63,382, and the median income for a family was $81,076. Males had a median income of $47,055 versus $42,401 for females. The per capita income for the village was $29,583. About 2.2% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,427 people, 1,726 households, and 1,176 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,305.7 inhabitants per square mile (890.2/km2). There were 1,817 housing units at an average density of 946.4 per square mile (365.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 1,726 households, of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.9% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the village was 39.2 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


Coldwater was platted in 1859. The village takes its name from nearby Coldwater Creek. A post office has been in operation at Coldwater since 1847.


Media use

Coldwater was the setting for the 2012 film Touchback; however, the events portrayed in the film are not related to the town.

Coldwater Community Picnic

Annually, on the first weekend of August, a small festival is held at Memorial Park, usually consisting of food, drinks, carnival rides, concerts, games, a parade, and sporting events. Festivities are kicked off by "sidewalk sales" and Friday night fireworks at the town's shopping center. Proceeds from the festival are used to improve the park and library.


There are several restaurants in town, most of which specialize in either burgers or pizza. Many of the restaurants also operate as bars late at night. An area culinary specialty is tenderloins, a tenderized and breaded pork loin similar to schnitzel, served on a sandwich.


Attending sporting events, particularly high school games, is a popular form of entertainment. Many community members will attend high school sports on a regular basis.

Another entertainment hub for local patrons, including the infamous Strike, is McSober's Saloon. The establishment is known for its upbeat nightlife and quality service, spearheaded by former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Geri Post.


Holy Trinity Catholic Church is the oldest and largest religious institution. Coldwater is also home to Covenant Community Church and Coldwater United Methodist Church.


It is home to Coldwater High School, Coldwater Middle School, and Coldwater Elementary School, public schools that are part of the Coldwater Exempted Village School District.


It is home to the Coldwater Public Library, which is largely funded by the proceeds from the annual Coldwater Community Picnic.

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