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Location & Transportation

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By Road

The City of Defiance is conveniently located within a 45-minute drive of both Toledo, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Defiance County is centrally located between markets in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus, Detroit and Chicago.

The City of Defiance features four interchanges with U.S. Route 24, the major highway connecting Fort Wayne and Toledo. State Routes 18, 15, 66, 111 and 281 also intersect in the city.

S. 127 and State Route 18 intersect in the Village of Sherwood and State Routes 18, 49, and 2 pass through the Village of Hicksville. The Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90) spans the state from east to west and is less than twenty miles from the City of Defiance and the Village of Hicksville. Eleven truck lines provide intrastate and interstate shipping.


By Air


Toledo Express and Fort Wayne International Airports, served by several national and international airlines, are located within an hour’s drive from Defiance County.


The Defiance County Memorial Airport features a 4,200-foot PLASI lighted runway with instrument approach and provides facilities for corporate and private aircraft.

By Rail


Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railway, and CSX Railroad serve Defiance County’s rail needs, with an Amtrak station located in neighboring Williams County.


By Boat


The Port of Toledo, located on Lake Erie, is less than 50 miles away from the City of Defiance. 

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