ABOUT VAN WERT COUNTY
On February 12, 1820, the Ohio government authorized the creation of Van Wert County. Residents
named the county in honor of Isaac Van Wert, a hero of the American Revolution. Van Wert helped
capture Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history.
Van Wert County is located
in the northwestern part of Ohio. Its western border helps form the boundary between Ohio and Indiana.
As of 2010, Van Wert has an approximate population of 28,744 people and just over one percent of the county's
410 square miles are deemed to be urban. Most of Van Wert County's residents find employment in agricultural
positions, with ninety percent of the county's acreage under cultivation. The county ranks ninth in the state
in soybean production. Manufacturing, retail, and service positions finish second, third, and fourth respectively.
Most voters in Van Wert County claim to be independents, yet in recent years, they have overwhelmingly supported Republican
Party candidates at the national level. Van Wert is home to the Brumback Library. Founded in 1890, the Brumback Library is
the first county-wide public library to exist in the United States.