Dunkirk, Ohio

Dunkirk, Ohio is a small town located in Hardin County. See health-beauty-guides for top counties in Ohio. It has a population of approximately 1,500 people and is a very rural area. It is situated on the banks of the Scioto River and is surrounded by rolling hills and farmland. The climate in Dunkirk is generally mild with warm summers and cold winters.

The history of Dunkirk dates back to the 1800s when it was first settled by European immigrants. There were several mills and factories established in the area that provided jobs for many of the residents. Later on, Dunkirk became an important stop for travelers on their way to Indianapolis and Louisville as part of the National Road system.

Politically, Dunkirk leans conservatively with most residents voting for Republican candidates in state and national elections. The economy relies heavily on local agriculture as well as some small businesses that cater to tourists who come to experience rural life in Ohio.

The schools in Dunkirk are part of the Hardin County School District which includes four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school that serves all students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. They offer a variety of courses including art, music, physical education, science, math, language arts, technology education, social studies and foreign languages.

Some notable landmarks within Dunkirk include the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum which houses artifacts from World War II as well as other historical items; The Old Mill which is an old grist mill built in 1845; The Scioto River Bridge which was built in 1929; and several historic churches such as St Peter’s Lutheran Church built in 1847 which still stands today.

Dunkirk, Ohio

Population: 952. Estimated population in July 2020: 961 (+0.9% change)
Males: 482 (50.6%), Females: 470 (49.4%)

Hardin County

Zip code: 45836

Median resident age: 33.8 years
Median household income: $39,423
Median house value: $58,200

Races in Dunkirk:

  • White Non-Hispanic (98.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
  • American Indian (0.9%)

Ancestries: German (21.2%), United States (15.0%), English (12.7%), Irish (5.6%), French (1.7%), Dutch (1.6%).

Elevation: 951 feet

Land area: 0.7 square miles


Dunkirk, Ohio is a small village located in Hardin County. According to the 2010 census, the population of Dunkirk was 753 people. The median age of Dunkirk’s population is 43.6 years old and the median household income is $36,918. The majority of the population is white at 97.3%. The village has a total area of 0.3 square miles, all land.

The cost of living in Dunkirk is relatively low compared to other parts of Ohio and the United States as a whole. According to BestPlaces, the overall cost of living index for Dunkirk is 76 out of 100 (where 100 represents the national average). A family making $36,918 can expect to pay about $721 for housing expenses per month and about $1,143 for monthly expenses such as groceries, healthcare, transportation, utilities and other necessities combined. The median home price in Dunkirk is $92,800 which is well below the national average price of $231,200. Property taxes are also relatively low at 0.76% which equates to an average property tax bill of just over $700 per year.

For population 25 years and over in Dunkirk

  • High school or higher: 78.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 8.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.0%
  • Unemployed: 4.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 26.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Dunkirk village

  • Never married: 22.1%
  • Now married: 62.6%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 5.0%
  • Divorced: 9.2%

0.7% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +58 (+6.5%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Dunkirk:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Dunkirk:

  • TOLEDO EXPRESS (about 56 miles; TOLEDO, OH; Abbreviation: TOL)
  • OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY (about 64 miles; COLUMBUS, OH; Abbreviation: OSU)
  • SPRINGFIELD-BECKLEY MUNI (about 67 miles; SPRINGFIELD, OH; Abbreviation: SGH)

Other public-use airports nearest to Dunkirk:

  • ADA (about 12 miles; ADA, OH; Abbreviation: 0D7)
  • HARDIN COUNTY (about 13 miles; KENTON, OH; Abbreviation: I95)
  • FINDLAY (about 15 miles; FINDLAY, OH; Abbreviation: FDY)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Dunkirk:

  • OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY (about 13 miles; ADA, OH; Full-time enrollment: 3,161)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY (about 18 miles; FINDLAY, OH; Full-time enrollment: 3,508)
  • BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 42 miles; BOWLING GREEN, OH; Full-time enrollment: 16,537)
  • OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE-TOLEDO CAMPUS (about 60 miles; TOLEDO, OH; Full-time enrollment: 7,809)
  • WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY (about 61 miles; SPRINGFIELD, OH; Full-time enrollment: 2,197)
  • UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO (about 61 miles; TOLEDO, OH; Full-time enrollment: 15,999)
  • OTTERBEIN COLLEGE (about 69 miles; WESTERVILLE, OH; Full-time enrollment: 2,226)


Library in Dunkirk:

  • HARDIN NORTHERN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $99,739; Location: 250 N. MAIN ST.; 10,708 books; 100 audio materials; 740 video materials; 90 serial subscriptions)