|— City —|
|Counties||Seneca, Hancock, Wood|
|• Mayor||Eric Keckler|
|• Total||7.77 sq mi (20.12 km2)|
|• Land||7.55 sq mi (19.55 km2)|
|• Water||0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)|
|Elevation||781 ft (238 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||13,411|
|• Density||1,780.3/sq mi (687.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1064668|
Fostoria is a city located at the convergence of Hancock, Seneca, and Wood counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. It is approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of Toledo and 90 miles (140 km) north of Columbus. The population was 13,441 at the 2010 census.
Name and general background 
The city is named for Charles W. Foster and not, as many believe,[who?] his son Charles Foster, the 35th governor of Ohio and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under Benjamin Harrison. Fostoria is known for its glass heritage and railroads: two CSX main lines and one NS main line intersect in downtown Fostoria, an area called the "Iron Triangle" by railfans. Originally there were 5 railroads that serviced the city. They were meant to service glass companies that were located in the city. The Fostoria Railroad Preservation Society is raising funds to build a railroad park inside the Iron Triangle (currently a vacant, overgrown lot filled with trash and rubble) for railfans to view trains.
Fostoria is located at (41.159243, -83.415239).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.77 square miles (20.12 km2), of which, 7.55 square miles (19.55 km2) is land and 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is water. Fostoria was home to a Chrysler plant which closed in the 1970s.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,441 people, 5,417 households, and 3,432 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,780.3 inhabitants per square mile (687.4 /km2). There were 6,225 housing units at an average density of 824.5 per square mile (318.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.1% White, 6.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 4.3% from other races, and 4.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.5% of the population.
There were 5,417 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age in the city was 37.9 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,931 people, 5,565 households, and 3,628 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,917.6 people per square mile (740.9/km²). There were 6,024 housing units at an average density of 829.2 per square mile (320.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.32% White, 5.75% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 3.60% from other races, and 2.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.92% of the population.
There were 5,565 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,166, and the median income for a family was $38,427. Males had a median income of $31,476 versus $22,016 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,568. About 9.0% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.
The city is served by one airport, called Fostoria Metropolitan Airport. Fostoria was served by the Three Rivers Amtrak Service which ran between Chicago and New York City until train service there ended in March 2005 which was on CSX's B&O line.
Notable natives 
- Charles Foster, son of Fostoria's namesake, former governor of Ohio, former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- John Quinn, collector
- Grant Jackson, baseball player
- Micheaux Robinson , football player Jacksonville Sharks
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