Wapakoneta City Hall
Home of the First Man on the Moon, Home of Neil Armstrong, Moon City
Location of Wapakoneta, Ohio
Location of Wapakoneta in Auglaize County
|Incorporated||March 2, 1849|
|• Mayor||Thomas A. Stinebaugh (R)|
|• Total||6.26 sq mi (16.21 km2)|
|• Land||6.21 sq mi (16.08 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)|
|Elevation||895 ft (272 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,588.9/sq mi (613.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||419, 567|
|GNIS feature ID||1070980|
Wapakoneta, (//, local pronunciation: [wɒpəkəˈnɛɾə]) is a city in and the county seat of Auglaize County, Ohio, United States, about 56 mi north of Dayton and 83 mi south of Toledo. The population was 9,867 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Wapakoneta, Ohio Micropolitan S A, which is included in the Lima-Van Wert-Wapakoneta, Ohio CSA. The community is served by the Wapakoneta City School District.
The name “Wapakoneta” is a Shawnee word Wa. po'kanite, that means “White Garment/Cloth ”. Shawnee scholars and native speakers have recently provided information that the name likely refers to the community's status as being neutral, and as a peaceful location following the signing of the Greenville Treaty in 1794. Additionally, several sets of mastadon skeletons were uncovered around Wapakoneta in the late 1700's.
Wapakoneta is a sister city to Lengerich, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Lengerich's neighboring municipalities, Ladbergen and Lienen, are sister cities with Wapakoneta's neighbors New Knoxville and Saint Marys, respectively.
An old fort east of Wapakoneta was built by the French in 1748, and called Fort Au Glaize. An American fort was never built at the site. It was abandoned after the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794.
Wapakoneta was named the seat of Auglaize County in 1848.
As of the census of 2010, there were 9,867 people, 4,037 households, and 2,614 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,588.9 inhabitants per square mile (613.5/km2). There were 4,332 housing units at an average density of 697.6 per square mile (269.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 4,037 households of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.
The median age in the city was 37 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,474 people, 3,803 households, and 2,540 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,674.7 people per square mile (646.3/km²). There were 4,057 housing units at an average density of 717.2 per square mile (276.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.96% White, 0.19% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.
There were 3,803 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,531, and the median income for a family was $45,456. Males had a median income of $34,523 versus $23,478 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,976. About 8.4% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.
Wapakoneta has one sister city, as designated by the Sister Cities International:
- Neil Armstrong, NASA Apollo 11 astronaut, first man on the Moon
- Charles Brading, pharmacist and politician
- Ted L. Copeland, Command Sergeant Major of the United States Army Reserve, Soldier
- Jennifer Crusie, romance novel writer
- George Russell Davis, Associate Justice of the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court
- Bob Ewing, Major League Baseball player
- Dan Newland, journalist, translator, and writer
- Dudley Nichols, Oscar-winning screenwriter
- Rev. Dr. Robert Henderson (Co-Author-"Living with Jung: "Enterviews" with Jungian Analysts", Jungian Psychotherapist)
- Kent Boyd, Dancer, Runner-Up SYTYCD
- In the film Third Finger, Left Hand (1940), the Melvyn Douglas character is from Wapakoneta, and the film ends at the Wapakoneta railroad station.
As the birthplace of Neil Armstrong, there are several places named after him in Wapakoneta, such as the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum, operated by the Ohio Historical Society. The Auglaize County airport is called the Neil Armstrong Airport.
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