Minster is a village in Auglaize and Shelby counties, in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 2,805 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Wapakoneta, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is adjacent to the village of New Bremen to the north.
St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster
"A Great Community"
Location of Minster, Ohio
Location of Minster in Auglaize County
|• Mayor||Dennis Kitzmiller|
|• Total||1.93 sq mi (5.00 km2)|
|• Land||1.93 sq mi (5.00 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||965 ft (294 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,453.4/sq mi (561.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1070847|
Founded in 1832 as Stallostown (for its founder Francis Stallo), the village changed its name to Minster in 1836 (after the heavily Roman Catholic region of Münster in Westphalia, from which many of the settlers came). Minster was founded as part of Mercer County, but it was given to Auglaize County when it was created in 1848. It was mostly comprised from the beginning by German settlers coming from Cincinnati by way of the Miami-Erie Canal bringing their farming skills and Catholic faith with them. Most of the roads in Minster were originally named after places in Germany and surrounding areas. For example, Webster St. was known as Berlin St.. It was named after Berlin, Germany. Hamilton St. was known as Vienna St., and it was named after Vienna, Austria, Jefferson St. was known as Oldenburg St., and it was named for Oldenburg, Germany. A Yearly Oktoberfest is celebrated commending Minster's vast history and German roots.
Minster is located at (40.393706, -84.378266).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,805 people, 1,045 households, and 741 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,453.4 inhabitants per square mile (561.2/km2). There were 1,136 housing units at an average density of 588.6 per square mile (227.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.3% White, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 1,045 households of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.1% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.18.
The median age in the village was 39.9 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,794 people, 999 households, and 748 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,488.1 people per square mile (573.8/km²). There were 1,033 housing units at an average density of 550.2 per square mile (212.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.68% White, 0.07% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.11% of the population.
There were 999 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the village, the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $57,315, and the median income for a family was $66,176. Males had a median income of $49,215 versus $27,826 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,149. About 4.2% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.
The local St. Augustine's Church is a prominent community landmark. The historic Roman Catholic Convent of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, Spiritual Center and Shrine of the Holy Relics is also located in nearby Maria Stein in neighboring Mercer County. The Catholic radio network Radio Maria USA operates Anna-licensed station WHJM with a local studio in Minster.
Minster has a public library, a branch of the Auglaize County Public Library.
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