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Ottawa, Ohio
Putnam County Courthouse, downtown
Location of Ottawa, Ohio
Location of Ottawa, Ohio
Location of Ottawa in Putnam County
Location of Ottawa in Putnam County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Putnam
 • Total 4.61 sq mi (11.95 km2)
 • Land 4.55 sq mi (11.78 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)  1.47%
728 ft (141.7 m)
 • Total 4,460
 • Estimate 
 • Density 958.21/sq mi (369.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 419 Exchange: 523
FIPS code 39-58982
GNIS feature ID 1070881

Ottawa is a village and the county seat of Putnam County, Ohio, United States. It is located 51 miles southwest of Toledo, a major port city on the Maumee River. The population was 4,460 at the 2010 census.


The region was originally inhabited by the Wyandot tribe and by the Ottawa tribe. In 1817, a large tract of land in Northwestern Ohio was ceded to the United States, and Blanchard's Fork Reserve was established, until the Reserve was ceded and extinguished in 1831, and Ottawa population on that Reserve removed to Kansas in 1832. Within the Reserve, two Ottawa villages existed, of which the Lower Tawa Town became the Village of Ottawa, Ohio.

In 1792 Major Alexander Truman, his servant William Lynch and guide/interpreter William Smalley were sent by George Washington on a peace mission. Truman and Lynch were killed; Truman was apparently killed prior to April 20, 1792 at what later became Ottawa, Putnam County Ohio. A similar mission under Colonel John Hardin also ended in Hardin and his servant Freeman being murdered in Shelby County.

Among the early settlers of the Ottawa area was Henry Kohls, who arrived in 1835 and settled with his family in the village of Glandorf. In the early 1900s, his grandsons, Charles and Frank, were each elected Putnam County treasurer in successive two year stints. Notably, while serving as treasurer they each appointed the other as their chief deputy.

Ottawa was incorporated as a village in 1861.


Ottawa is located at 41°1′15″N 84°2′29″W / 41.02083°N 84.04139°W / 41.02083; -84.04139 (41.020885, -84.041314).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.77 square miles (12.35 km2), of which 4.70 square miles (12.17 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 104
1870 1,129
1880 1,293 14.5%
1890 1,717 32.8%
1900 2,322 35.2%
1910 2,182 −6.0%
1920 2,167 −0.7%
1930 2,169 0.1%
1940 2,342 8.0%
1950 2,962 26.5%
1960 3,870 30.7%
1970 3,622 −6.4%
1980 3,874 7.0%
1990 3,999 3.2%
2000 4,367 9.2%
2010 4,460 2.1%
Est. 2019 4,357 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

95.3% spoke English, 4.2% Spanish, and 0.5% German as their first language.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,460 people, 1,829 households, and 1,207 families living in the village. The population density was 948.9 inhabitants per square mile (366.4/km2). There were 1,983 housing units at an average density of 421.9 per square mile (162.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.5% White, 0.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 4.8% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.3% of the population.

There were 1,829 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.3% 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 2.98.

The median age in the village was 38.8 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.


Ottawa-Glandorf Local Schools operates Ottawa-Glandorf High School in the village.

Ottawa has a public library, a branch of the Putnam County District Library.

Notable people

  • Tanner Buchanan, actor
  • Larry Cox, baseball player for Chicago Cubs and coach
  • Edward Settle Godfrey, United States Brigadier General
  • Charles N. Haskell, politician, oilman and first governor of Oklahoma; he practiced law and lived in Ottawa for years after 1880

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