Richland Township is one of the twelve townships of Defiance County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 2,941 people in the township, 967 of whom lived in the city of Defiance, and 1,974 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.
Located in the eastern part of the county, it borders the following townships:
A small part of the county seat of Defiance is located in western Richland Township.
Name and history
It is one of twelve Richland Townships statewide
The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township clerk, who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the clerkship or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.
U.S. Route 24
travels from northeast to southwest through the northern half of Richland Township. Other major roads in the township include:
- State Route 18, which travels from southeast to west through the southern half of the township
- State Route 281, which travels from east to west through the center of the township, and is concurrent with State Route 18 for a short time
- State Route 424, which travels along the north bank of the Maumee River through the center of the township