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Paulding, Ohio
Village
The Paulding County Courthouse
The Paulding County Courthouse
Location of Paulding, Ohio
Location of Paulding, Ohio
Location of Paulding in Paulding County
Location of Paulding in Paulding County
Coordinates: 41°8′30″N 84°34′53″W / 41.14167°N 84.58139°W / 41.14167; -84.58139Coordinates: 41°8′30″N 84°34′53″W / 41.14167°N 84.58139°W / 41.14167; -84.58139
Country United States
State Ohio
County Paulding
Area
 • Total 2.46 sq mi (6.38 km2)
 • Land 2.36 sq mi (6.12 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
Elevation
719 ft (219 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,605
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,423
 • Density 1,447.97/sq mi (559.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
45879
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-61252
GNIS feature ID 1044331
Website http://villageofpaulding.com/

Paulding is a village in and the county seat of Paulding County, Ohio, United States. It is located predominantly in Paulding Township about 64 miles southwest of Toledo. The population was 3,605 at the 2010 census.

History

Paulding was a planned community, founded in 1848 at the center of the county, and named after the county by speculators who expected to profit by moving the county seat. In 1851, the county seat was moved from Charloe, which had been the county seat for a decade; prior to that, court was held at New Rochester.

The town square is devoted to the courthouse, an orange brick structure surrounded by trees upon a spacious lawn. In the centennial year of 1876, the county commissioners determined to build a new courthouse, and visited many courthouses, finally deciding to erect a duplicate of the courthouse in Adrian, Michigan at a cost of $40,000. The courthouse was finished in 1886.

Built in the 1910s, the Paulding County Carnegie Library was the first Carnegie library to serve an entire county instead of a single city.

Geography

Paulding is located at 41°08′30″N 84°34′53″W / 41.141689°N 84.581503°W / 41.141689; -84.581503.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.46 square miles (6.37 km2), of which 2.36 square miles (6.11 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water. It is 723 feet above sea level.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 454
1890 1,879 313.9%
1900 2,080 10.7%
1910 2,081 0.0%
1920 2,106 1.2%
1930 1,904 −9.6%
1940 2,044 7.4%
1950 2,352 15.1%
1960 2,936 24.8%
1970 2,983 1.6%
1980 2,754 −7.7%
1990 2,605 −5.4%
2000 3,595 38.0%
2010 3,605 0.3%
2019 (est.) 3,423 −5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,605 people, 1,510 households, and 957 families living in the village. The population density was 1,527.5 inhabitants per square mile (589.8/km2). There were 1,718 housing units at an average density of 728.0 per square mile (281.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 91.6% White, 2.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 2.8% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.5% of the population.

There were 1,510 households, of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the village was 38.4 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 16% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Transportation and communications

Paulding is at the intersection of US Highway 127 and State Route 111 and the terminus of State Route 500. It was formerly on the Cincinnati Northern Railroad, but the tracks were removed in the 1980s.

The dominant daily newspaper is the Defiance Crescent-News [1] with some readers choosing the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette [2], Toledo Blade [3], and Lima News [4], in that order. The local weekly is the Paulding County Progress [5], Paulding residents are part of the Fort Wayne, Indiana television market. The local radio station is WPAU an online streaming radio station broadcasting a commercial-free format of oldies and Paulding County high school sports. Also licensed to Paulding is WKSD 99.7 FM, a commercial oldies and sports radio station based in Van Wert.

Education

Paulding High School sports participate in the Northwest Conference, an athletic body sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).

The school on Water Street is one of the largest schools in the state providing elementary education. In many districts, elementary schools are kept small so students can walk to school. The graduating class of 1970 included the last Paulding students who experienced a one-room schoolhouse, as they had attended the first grade at Emerald. That was a fairly pleasant transition, unlike 1971, when many county residents were outraged to learn Dr. Martin Essex of the Ohio State Board of Education had revoked the charters of 4 of the 6 Paulding County schools, asserting that they were too small to offer a good education. Auglaize-Brown asked to join the Paulding Exempted Village School district, while the Grover Hill, Blue Creek, and Payne Local School Districts merged into the new Wayne Trace school district.

Notable people

  • David Smith, sculptor (born in Decatur, grew up in Paulding)
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