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Lorain County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Lorain County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of USA OH
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded December 26, 1822[2]
Named for Lorraine in France
Seat Elyria
Largest city Lorain
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

923 sq mi (2,391 km²)
492 sq mi (1,276 km²)
431 sq mi (1,115 km²), 46.64%
 - (2010)
 - Density

578/sq mi (223/km²)
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,696
1840 18,467 224.2%
1850 26,086 41.3%
1860 29,744 14.0%
1870 30,308 1.9%
1880 35,526 17.2%
1890 40,295 13.4%
1900 54,857 36.1%
1910 76,037 38.6%
1920 90,612 19.2%
1930 109,206 20.5%
1940 112,390 2.9%
1950 148,162 31.8%
1960 217,500 46.8%
1970 256,843 18.1%
1980 274,909 7.0%
1990 271,126 −1.4%
2000 284,664 5.0%
Est. 2007 302,260 6.2%
Population 1800-2007.[2]

Lorain County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio, and is considered to be a part of what is locally referred to as Greater Cleveland. As of the 2010 census, its population was 301,356. [3] an increase from 284,664 in 2000. Named by early settler Heman Ely for the French province of Lorraine, its county seat is Elyria and its largest community is the Lake Erie port city of Lorain.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 923 square miles (2,391 km²).492 square miles (1,276 km²) of it is land and 431 square miles (1,115 km²) of it (46.64%) is water.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 284,664 people, 105,836 households, and 76,201 families residing in the county. The population density was 578 people per square mile (223/km²). There were 111,368 housing units at an average density of 226 per square mile (87/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.54% White, 16.2% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.87% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. 6.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.1% were of German, 10.5% Irish, 7.8% English, 7.0% Polish, 6.8% Italian and 6.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.2% spoke English and 4.9% Spanish as their first language.

There were 105,836 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the 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 $45,042, and the median income for a family was $52,856. Males had a median income of $39,902 versus $26,116 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,054. About 6.70% of families and 9.00% 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.



Old county building in Elyria, Ohio.


Map of Lorain County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Lorain County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels




Census-designated placeEdit

Other communitiesEdit

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


Higher EducationEdit

Public School DistrictsEdit

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.

  • Amherst Exempted Village School District
    • Amherst Marion L. Steele High School, Amherst
  • Avon Local School District
    • Avon High School, Avon
  • Avon Lake City School District
    • Avon Lake High School, Avon Lake
  • 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 Admiral King High School, Lorain
    • Lorain Southview High School, Lorain (CLOSED)
  • 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

Private High SchoolsEdit

See alsoEdit

References Edit

  1. ^ Template:Http://
  2. ^ a b "Ohio County Profiles: Lorain County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  3. ^ Template:Http://
  4. ^ "Lorain County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 41°28′N 82°09′W / 41.47, -82.15

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