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Delphos, Ohio
North Main Street in Delphos
North Main Street in Delphos
Motto(s): 
"America’s Friendliest City"
Location of Delphos, Ohio
Location of Delphos, Ohio
Location of Delphos in Allen County
Location of Delphos in Allen County
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Allen, Van Wert
Townships Marion, Washington
Established in 1836-1842
Government
 • Type Mayor–council
Area
 • Total 3.59 sq mi (9.31 km2)
 • Land 3.55 sq mi (9.19 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation
774 ft (236 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,101
 • Estimate 
(2019)
6,937
 • Density 1,954.64/sq mi (754.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
45833
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-21602
GNIS feature ID 1056973
Website http://www.cityofdelphos.com/

Delphos is a city in Allen and Van Wert counties in the U.S. state of Ohio approximately 14 mi (23 km) northwest of Lima and 13 mi (21 km) east of Van Wert. The population was 7,101 at the 2010 census.

The Allen County portion of Delphos is part of the Lima Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Van Wert County portion is part of the Van Wert Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Delphos is located at 40°50′40″N 84°20′22″W / 40.84444°N 84.33944°W / 40.84444; -84.33944 (40.844441, -84.339360).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.48 square miles (9.01 km2), of which 3.44 square miles (8.91 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 374
1860 425 13.6%
1870 1,667 292.2%
1880 3,814 128.8%
1890 4,516 18.4%
1900 4,517 0.0%
1910 5,038 11.5%
1920 5,745 14.0%
1930 5,672 −1.3%
1940 5,746 1.3%
1950 6,220 8.2%
1960 6,961 11.9%
1970 7,608 9.3%
1980 7,314 −3.9%
1990 7,093 −3.0%
2000 6,944 −2.1%
2010 7,101 2.3%
2019 (est.) 6,937 −2.3%
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2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,101 people, 2,893 households, and 1,865 families living in the city. The population density was 2,064.2 inhabitants per square mile (797.0/km2). There were 3,137 housing units at an average density of 911.9 per square mile (352.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 2,893 households, of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.5% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 24.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

History

Miami and Erie Canal in Delphos
Remaining section of the canal in downtown Delphos

Delphos had its start in the early 1850s when the neighboring rival towns of East Bredeick and Howard merged. The city's name is derived from the Greek god Delphus.

Three Delphos buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Marks-Family House and St. John's Catholic Church on the Allen County side of the city, and the Bredeick-Lang House on the Van Wert County side.

Education

Delphos City Schools include Jefferson High School, Jefferson Middle School, Franklin Elementary School, and St Johns High School. Franklin Elementary is located in Allen County, and The Middle School (former High School) and the High School buildings are located in Van Wert County.

Delphos St. John's, the city's Roman Catholic High School, and St. John's Elementary school are both part of St. John's Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo. Both the high school and elementary buildings are located in Allen County.

Notable people

  • Zane Grey – author
  • Bill Lange – American football player
  • Clara Chipman Newton – 19th century china painter
  • Leslie Peltier – astronomer and prolific discoverer of comets and variable stars.
  • Sabrina Scharf – actress.
  • Thomas Weinandy – Catholic priest and theologian.

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