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Lorain County, Ohio

Lorain County, Ohio
Old county building in Elyria
Flag of Lorain County, Ohio
Seal of Lorain County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Lorain County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1824
Named for Lorraine in France[1]
Seat Elyria
Largest city Lorain
 • Total 923 sq mi (2,391 km2)
 • Land 491 sq mi (1,272 km2)
 • Water 432 sq mi (1,119 km2), 47%
 • (2010) 301,356
 • Density 614/sq mi (237/km²)
Congressional districts 4th, 7th, 9th
Website .us.loraincountywww

Lorain County is a

  • Lorain County Government's website
  • Lorain County Sheriff's Office
  • Lorain County Historical Society's website
  • Lorain County History Project

External links

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See also

  • Belden
  • Brentwood Lake
  • Brighton
  • Brownhelm
  • Brownhelm Station
  • Columbia Hills Corners
  • Henrietta
  • Huntington
  • North Eaton
  • Penfield
  • Pittsfield

Other communities

Census-designated place




Map of Lorain County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels


Private high schools

The county also includes the Lorain County Joint Vocational School District, which encompasses the entire county and serves students from the Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Clearview, Columbia, Elyria, Firelands, Keystone, Midview, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake and Wellington school districts from a 10-acre campus on a 100-acre site near the intersection of State Route 58 and U.S. Route 20 in Oberlin.[17]

  • Amherst Exempted Village School District
  • Avon Local School District
  • Avon Lake City School District
  • Black River Local School District (also in Medina Co and Ashland Co.)
    • Black River High School, Sullivan
  • Clearview Local School District
    • Clearview High School, Lorain
  • Columbia Local School District
    • Columbia High School, Columbia Station
  • Elyria City School District
  • Firelands Local School District (also in Erie Co.)
    • Firelands High School, Henrietta Twp (Oberlin)
  • Keystone Local School District
    • Keystone High School, LaGrange
  • Lorain City School District
    • Lorain High School, Lorain
  • Mapleton Local School District (Primarily in Ashland Co.)
    • Mapleton High School, Ashland
  • Midview Local School District
    • Midview High School, Eaton Twp (Grafton)
  • New London Local School District (primarily in Huron Co.)
    • New London High School, New London
  • North Ridgeville City School District
  • Oberlin City School District
    • Oberlin High School, Oberlin
  • Olmsted Falls City Schools (primarily in Cuyahoga Co.)
    • Olmsted Falls High School, Olmsted Falls
  • Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District
    • Brookside High School, Sheffield
  • Strongsville City School District (primarily in Cuyahoga Co.)
    • Strongsville High School, Strongsville
  • Vermilion Local Schools (primarily in Erie Co.)
    • Vermilion High School, Vermilion
  • Wellington Exempted Village School District (also in Huron Co.)
    • Wellington High School, Wellington

There are 20 public school districts in Lorain County. Those primarily in Lorain County are listed in bold. Each district's high school(s) and location is also listed.

Public school districts

Higher education


In 2000 the county population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,066, and the median income for a family was $64,443. The per capita income for the county was $25,002. About 6.70% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.[15][16]

There were 116,274 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.

As of the 2010 census, there were 301,356 people, 116,274 households, and 80,077 families residing in the county. The population density was 613.3 people per square mile (223/km²). There were 127,036 housing units at an average density of 226 per square mile (87/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.8% White, 8.6% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian (0.2% Indian, 0.2% Chinese, 0.2% Filipino), 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. 8.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino (5.8% Puerto Rican, 1.8% Mexican, 0.2% Spanish or Spaniard).[12][13] 25.9% were of German, 16.9% Irish, 11.3% English, 8.5% Polish, 8.5% Italian, 4.1% Hungarian, and 3.4% Slovak ancestries according to the 2010 Census. 92.2% spoke English and 4.5% Spanish as their first language.[14]


Major highways

Adjacent counties

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 923 square miles (2,390 km2), of which 491 square miles (1,270 km2) is land and 432 square miles (1,120 km2) (47%) is water.[6] It is the fourth-largest county in Ohio by total area.


The original proposed name for the county was "Colerain".[5]

After the discovery of the New World, the land that became Lorain County was originally part of the French colony of Canada (New France), which was ceded in 1763 to Great Britain and renamed Province of Quebec. In the late 18th century the land became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the Northwest Territory, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795.



  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
    • Higher education 4.1
    • Public school districts 4.2
    • Private high schools 4.3
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Villages 5.2
    • Townships 5.3
    • Census-designated place 5.4
    • Other communities 5.5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

The county is also home to Amherst, with its sandstone quarries, and Oberlin College, in Oberlin.

Lorain County is part of the Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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