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Lorain County, Ohio
Seal of Lorain County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Lorain County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded April 1, 1824
Seat Elyria
Largest City Lorain
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

923 sq mi (2,391 km²)
491 sq mi (1,272 km²)
432 sq mi (1,119 km²), 47%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

301,356
614/sq mi (237/km²)
Website: www.loraincounty.us
Named for: Lorraine in France
County flag Flag of Lorain County, Ohio

Lorain County is a county in northeastern Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 301,356. Its county seat is Elyria. The county was created in 1822 and later organized in 1824.

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

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

History

Lorain County was established in 1822, from portions of several of its adjacent counties. This county became judicially-independent in 1824. The original proposed name for the county was "Colerain". ( and therefore, the final name "Lorain" seems to have no true intended connection to the Alsace-Lorraine area of France, as theorized by later historians).

Geography

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. It is the fourth-largest county in Ohio by total area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80 (Ohio Turnpike)
  • I-90.svg Interstate 90 (Ohio Turnpike)
  • I-480.svg Interstate 480
  • US 6.svg U.S. Route 6
  • US 20.svg U.S. Route 20
  • OH-2.svg State Route 2
  • OH-10.svg State Route 10
  • OH-18.svg State Route 18
  • OH-57.svg State Route 57
  • OH-58.svg State Route 58
  • OH-82.svg Ohio Route 82
  • OH-83.svg Ohio Route 83
  • OH-113.svg State Route 113
  • OH-162.svg Ohio Route 162
  • OH-254.svg Ohio Route 254
  • OH-301.svg Ohio Route 301
  • OH-303.svg Ohio Route 303
  • OH-511.svg Ohio Route 511
  • OH-611.svg Ohio Route 611

Demographics

Historical population
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%
2010 301,356 5.9%
Est. 2015 305,147 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 301,356 people, 116,274 households, and 80,077 families residing in the county. The population density was 613.6 inhabitants per square mile (236.9/km2). There were 127,036 housing units at an average density of 258.7 per square mile (99.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.8% white, 8.6% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 2.5% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.5% were German, 16.7% were Irish, 10.9% were English, 8.4% were Polish, 8.2% were Italian, 6.2% were American, and 5.2% were Hungarian.

Of the 116,274 households, 32.6% 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, 31.1% were non-families, and 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 40.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,066 and the median income for a family was $62,082. Males had a median income of $49,146 versus $35,334 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,002. About 10.3% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Lorain County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Lorain County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Cities

Villages

Townships

  • Amherst
  • Brighton
  • Brownhelm
  • Camden
  • Carlisle
  • Columbia
  • Eaton
  • Elyria
  • Grafton
  • Henrietta
  • Huntington
  • LaGrange
  • New Russia
  • Penfield
  • Pittsfield
  • Rochester
  • Sheffield
  • Wellington

Census-designated places

Other communities

Whiskyville


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