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Lodi, Ohio
Village
Community Park, Downtown Lodi
Community Park, Downtown Lodi
Location of Lodi, Ohio
Location of Lodi, Ohio
Location of Lodi in Medina County
Location of Lodi in Medina County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Medina
Founded 1811
Incorporated 1891 (village)
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
Area
 • Total 2.25 sq mi (5.83 km2)
 • Land 2.25 sq mi (5.81 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
928 ft (283 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,746
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,899
 • Density 1,291.31/sq mi (498.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
44254
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-44604
GNIS feature ID 1061436

Lodi is a village in Harrisville Township, Medina County, Ohio, United States. It is located southwest of the City of Medina along U.S. Route 42. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,746.

History

Founded in 1811, Lodi is the oldest settlement in Medina County. It was originally called Harrisville, in honor of Judge Joseph Harris. The community's name echoes that of the city of Lodi in northern Italy, where Napoleon won a victory in 1796. The year of incorporation was 1891.

Facts

An early pioneer named Redfield (after whom Redfield Street is named) sculpted the modern route to Medina through trees. It was later deemed too curvy, so the first governmental road through the region was straightened. In later years, this road became U.S. Route 42.

Lodi hosts the annual Sweet Corn Festival in the middle of July. This three-day-long event begins with a large parade through the town square. Other attractions include fair food, amusement rides, and a popular tug-of-war.

Geography

Lodi is located at 41°1′59″N 82°0′42″W / 41.03306°N 82.01167°W / 41.03306; -82.01167 (41.033059, -82.011774), along the East Fork of the Black River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.26 square miles (5.85 km2), of which 2.25 square miles (5.83 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

The East Fork of the Black River enters the village from the north and turns back north to empty into Lake Erie, as Lodi is on the north-south continental divide. Rain water runs off in either a northerly direction to Lake Erie or a southernly direction to the Ohio River.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 437
1890 568 30.0%
1900 846 48.9%
1910 1,015 20.0%
1920 1,240 22.2%
1930 1,273 2.7%
1940 1,304 2.4%
1950 1,523 16.8%
1960 2,213 45.3%
1970 2,399 8.4%
1980 2,942 22.6%
1990 3,042 3.4%
2000 3,061 0.6%
2010 2,746 −10.3%
2019 (est.) 2,899 5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,746 people, 1,178 households, and 726 families living in the village. The population density was 1,220.4 inhabitants per square mile (471.2/km2). There were 1,370 housing units at an average density of 608.9 per square mile (235.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 1,178 households, of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the village was 41.6 years. 22% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 28.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Education

Lodi Primary School served preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first and second graders. Grades three and four were sent to Seville Intermediate School, and fifth and sixth graders attended Westfield Upper Elementary. The communities of Chatham, Lafayette, Westfield Center, Seville, and Lodi combined to form Cloverleaf Middle School and Cloverleaf High School. With the building of the new Cloverleaf Elementary now situated across the street from Cloverleaf High School, the current buildings are now empty.

Lodi has a public library, a branch of Medina County District Library.

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