The City of Defiance OhioCounty SeatThree RiversA Revitalized DowntownOur Vision and Our MissionWATCH THE PROGRESSGroundbreaking for Harmon Business Park of DefianceThe Fort GroundsRiverside CemeteryOUR Parks

The City of Defiance Ohio

Welcome to OUR City - A great place to live!

You will find easy access to valuable government information, activities, and services provided by the City of Defiance.

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County Seat

The City of Defiance has an estimated population

of 17,000 and serves as the County seat

for Defiance County.

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Three Rivers

The confluence of the historic Maumee and Auglaize rivers in our downtown and the nearby Tiffin river provide scenic views and recreation throughout the year.

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A Revitalized Downtown

The City occupies just over 12 square miles, with the main 'downtown' area nestled between the Auglaize and Maumee rivers. In recent years the downtown business district has received many improvements while maintaining its original small town charm.

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Our Vision and Our Mission

Learn more about the Defiance Community Strategic Plan and our Community Vision and Mission Statements

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On the new Clinton Street Bridge Replacement Project

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Groundbreaking for Harmon Business Park of Defiance

Economic Development Progress - working to attract and retain quality jobs and support innovative business opportunities for Defiance.

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The Fort Grounds

A picturesque view of the Fort Grounds

near the Defiance Public Library.

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Riverside Cemetery

The Veterans' Section at Riverside Cemetery

Memorial Day - Veterans' Day - Every Day

Remember those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving this great country so we may enjoy many freedoms today.

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OUR Parks

Take a stroll through the Parks and enjoy the fall colors.

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welcome to OUR City

mccanMike McCann, Mayor: City of Defiance

It is my honor to send a warm welcome to you where you will find Defiance the perfect place to put down permanent roots or just to visit. Being born and raised here, it is my hope that you will visit and see for yourself the hometown atmosphere that flourishes not only in the city limits, but in the surrounding small towns and rural areas as well.

There are many options for life-long learning, including public and private educational systems and churches of many denominations. Located in the city is the newly completed Defiance City Schools and Athletic Facilities campus, and we have several parochial elementary schools as well. We are also the home of Defiance College – Go Yellow Jackets!

With a strong economy, many career and business opportunities abound. Several small businesses line the thriving beautiful downtown district and neighborhood business corridors. Our North side houses regional shopping and larger retailers to complete your shopping needs. New development is always welcome as we consistently strive for progress in the city.

Nestled at the confluence of the Scenic Maumee River and Auglaize River, a lesson rich in history of the past several hundred years with stories of American Indians, American & British military, and the site of a fort that offered protection and defied “all the devils in hell” await. The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum is the perfect place to begin your historical journey. Some of America’s top military leaders have grown from their roots in Defiance. General “Mad” Anthony Wayne may have indeed served as the inspiration for highly decorated combat veteran, Major General Lawrence Livingston and also to Major General Stephen T. Sargeant, both retired from military service today. We salute all of our Hometown Hero’s and all the men and women service members and veterans who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love and enjoy, and we thank them for their service and sacrifices. Defiance is also proud to be the home town of 2006 Indianapolis 500 Champion Sam Hornish, Jr., Texas Rangers organization pitcher Jonathon Niese, most recently Chicago Cubs organization pitcher Justin Hancock, and former major league pitchers Chad Billingsley, Chad Reineke, and Rodney Scott Taylor. Twenty-two time World Horseshoe Champion Alan Francis also hails from our community.  Defiance Development & Visitor’s Bureau and Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce can provide more information about the city of Defiance.

Browse our website to find accurate information regarding the City of Defiance.  Please reach out to City Hall at 419-784-2101,, or stop in at 631 Perry Street, Defiance, Ohio, if you have questions, need pointed in the right direction, or would like a personal tour of OUR city.

Again, welcome to OUR city  ~  DEFIANCE is a GREAT place to live!