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Waterville, Ohio
Third Street downtown
Third Street downtown
"at the banks of history"
Location in Lucas County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Lucas County and the state of Ohio.
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lucas
 • Total 5.28 sq mi (13.68 km2)
 • Land 5.10 sq mi (13.20 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0.48 km2)
 • Total 5,523
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,086.72/sq mi (419.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-81858

Waterville is a city in Lucas County, Ohio, United States, along the Maumee River, a suburb of Toledo. The population was 5,523 at the 2010 census.


Waterville is located at 41°30′5″N 83°43′38″W / 41.50139°N 83.72722°W / 41.50139; -83.72722 (41.501252, -83.727200).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.88 square miles (12.64 km2), of which 4.69 square miles (12.15 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2) is water.

The community is located on the Maumee River and was formerly on the Miami and Erie Canal route.


Waterville was platted in 1830. A post office called Waterville has been in operation since 1828.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 382
1890 586 53.4%
1900 703 20.0%
1910 834 18.6%
1920 779 −6.6%
1930 973 24.9%
1940 961 −1.2%
1950 1,110 15.5%
1960 1,856 67.2%
1970 2,940 58.4%
1980 3,884 32.1%
1990 4,517 16.3%
2000 4,828 6.9%
2010 5,523 14.4%
2019 (est.) 5,539 0.3%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,523 people, 2,065 households, and 1,566 families living in the village. The population density was 1,177.6 inhabitants per square mile (454.7/km2). There were 2,151 housing units at an average density of 458.6 per square mile (177.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 2,065 households, of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.2% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 31.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

The Interurban Bridge

The Interurban Bridge, also known as the Ohio Electric Railroad Bridge. is a historic interurban railroad bridge built in 1908 across the Maumee River joining Lucas and Wood counties near Waterville, Ohio. It is now located in Farnsworth Metropark. One of the bridge's supports is the Roche de Boeuf, a historic Indian council rock, which was partially destroyed by the bridge construction. On June 19, 1972, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge has been abandoned for several years.

The Columbian House

Built in 1828, John Pray constructed a house to serve as a trading post, tavern and hostel located in Waterville, OH. It became the centerpiece of the village. The place where locals and travelers alike escaped from the harsh Summers and Winters. Constructed from black walnut beams, it quickly transformed into a third-story structure containing a prison cell (for transit prisoners), a dressmaker's shop and doctor. Like many historic buildings, this one switched hands many times over the years, becoming a restaurant between 1943 and 1993


Anthony Wayne School District administers public schools in the city.

Waterville has a public library, a branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.


The city has a full-time police department and public works department. The fire department is staffed by a full-time fire chief and deputy chief, and is supported by a combination of part-time and volunteer fire fighters.

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