Minster is a village in Auglaize County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,794 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Wapakoneta, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is adjacent to the villages of New Bremen to the north and Fort Loramie to the south in neighboring Shelby County.
Minster is the home of the world’s largest yogurt plant, operated by Dannon, which employs more than 400 people.
Minster is located at (40.393706, -84.378266).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), all of it land.
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/sq mi (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
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.
Founded in 1832 as Stallostown (for its founder Francis Stallo), the village changed its name to Minster in 1836. 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. A yearly Oktoberfest is celebrated commending Minster's vast history and German roots.
Minster is predominately Catholic with two parishes, St. Augustine and St. Joseph (in nearby Egypt, a rural community located just west of the village off Minster-Egypt Road.) Minster's St. Augustine parish was the "Mother" Church of the surrounding area in the day. The historic Roman Catholic Convent of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, Spiritual Center and Shrine of the Holy Relics
is also located to the west off State Route 119 on St.John's Road in nearby Maria Stein
in neighboring Mercer County
. The complex is now commonly referred to as "Maria Stein Center."