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Minster, Ohio
St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster
St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster
"A Great Community"
Location of Minster, Ohio
Location of Minster, Ohio
Location of Minster in Auglaize County
Location of Minster in Auglaize County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Auglaize, Shelby
Township Jackson, McLean
 • Total 2.08 sq mi (5.39 km2)
 • Land 2.08 sq mi (5.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
965 ft (294 m)
 • Total 2,805
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,353.03/sq mi (522.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-50918
GNIS feature ID 1070847

Minster is a village in Auglaize and Shelby counties, in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 2,805 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Wapakoneta, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is adjacent to the village of New Bremen to the north.

Minster is the home of the world's largest yogurt plant, operated by Dannon, which employs more than 400 people. The Minster Machine Company is also headquartered in Minster.


Founded in 1832 as Stallostown (for its founder Francis Stallo), the village changed its name to Minster in 1836 (after the heavily Roman Catholic region of Münster in Westphalia, from which many of the settlers came). Minster was founded as part of Mercer County, but it was given to Auglaize County when it was created in 1848. It was mostly comprised from the beginning by German settlers coming from Cincinnati by way of the Miami-Erie Canal bringing their farming skills and Catholic faith with them. Most of the roads in Minster were originally named after places in Germany and surrounding areas. For example, Webster St. was known as Berlin St.. It was named after Berlin, Germany. Hamilton St. was known as Vienna St., and it was named after Vienna, Austria, Jefferson St. was known as Oldenburg St., and it was named for Oldenburg, Germany. A Yearly Oktoberfest is celebrated commending Minster's vast history and German roots.


Minster is located at 40°23′37″N 84°22′42″W / 40.39361°N 84.37833°W / 40.39361; -84.37833 (40.393706, -84.378266).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.93 square miles (5.00 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 428
1860 752 75.7%
1870 868 15.4%
1880 1,123 29.4%
1890 1,126 0.3%
1900 1,465 30.1%
1910 1,583 8.1%
1920 1,538 −2.8%
1930 1,381 −10.2%
1940 1,504 8.9%
1950 1,728 14.9%
1960 2,193 26.9%
1970 2,405 9.7%
1980 2,557 6.3%
1990 2,650 3.6%
2000 2,794 5.4%
2010 2,805 0.4%
2019 (est.) 2,817 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,805 people, 1,045 households, and 741 families living in the village. The population density was 1,453.4 inhabitants per square mile (561.2/km2). There were 1,136 housing units at an average density of 588.6 per square mile (227.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.3% White, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 1,045 households, of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.1% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.18.

The median age in the village was 39.9 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.


Minster is predominantly Roman Catholic, and its St. Augustine's Church is a prominent community landmark. The historic Roman Catholic Convent of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, Spiritual Center and Shrine of the Holy Relics is also located in nearby Maria Stein in neighboring Mercer County. The Catholic radio network Radio Maria USA operates Anna-licensed station WHJM with a local studio in Minster.


Minster has a public library, a branch of the Auglaize County Public Library.

Notable people

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