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The United States of America is a country in North America that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and shares land borders with Canada and Mexico. The United States is a federal constitutional republic, with its capital in Washington, D.C., District of Columbia.
Van Wert is a city in and the county seat of Van Wert CountyGR6, Ohio, United States with a population of 10,690 as of the 2000 U.S. census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Van Wert Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Lima-Wapakoneta, Ohio Combined Statistical Area. Van Wert is named for Isaac Van Wart, one of the captors of Major John André in the American Revolutionary War. It is located in an area originally known as the Black Swamp. Early pioneers had to deal with swampy ground, mud, and malaria.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.8 SQUARE kilometers. 15.4 square kilometers of it is land and 0.5 square kilometers of it is water. In the city the population was spread out with 24.1 percent under the age of 18, 9.3 percent from 18 to 24, 26.7 percent from 25 to 44, 22.2 percent from 45 to 64, and 17.7 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

Van Wert high school sports participate in the Western Buckeye and League, an athletic body sanctioned by OHSAA, the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Trivia are Van Wert is thought to be the smallest city in the United States with a YMCA, the Young Men's Christian Association and YWCA, the Young Women's Christian Association. Van Wert is home to the first county library in the United States, The Brumback Library. It also has a thriving community art center, the Wassenberg Art Center and the award-winning Van Wert Civic Theatre. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Van Wert enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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