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North Ridgeville, Ohio
Former city hall on Center Ridge Road
Former city hall on Center Ridge Road
Location of North Ridgeville, Ohio
Location of North Ridgeville, Ohio
Location of North Ridgeville in Lorain County
Location of North Ridgeville in Lorain County
Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 82°0′17″W / 41.38944°N 82.00472°W / 41.38944; -82.00472Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 82°0′17″W / 41.38944°N 82.00472°W / 41.38944; -82.00472
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lorain
 • Total 23.60 sq mi (61.12 km2)
 • Land 23.44 sq mi (60.72 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.40 km2)
728 ft (222 m)
 • Total 29,465
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,467.11/sq mi (566.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-56966
GNIS feature ID 1065174

North Ridgeville is a city located along the eastern border of Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The city's population was 35,552 in 2020. A west side suburb of Cleveland, North Ridgeville is the fastest-growing city in northern Ohio. It has been ranked the 13th safest city in the United States and the safest in Ohio.

Located 8 miles (13 km) from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and 18 miles (29 km) west of downtown Cleveland, North Ridgeville is the third-largest city in Lorain County and the 37th most populous city in Ohio.

North Ridgeville is home to a 350,000 square foot Riddell production and distribution center, where National Football League and NCAA helmets and pads are produced. It is also home to a campus of Lorain County Community College and a branch of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.


The first settlement of what is now North Ridgeville was made in 1810. The village was named for a ridge near the original town site.

On the National Register of Historic Places

  • North Ridgeville Olde Towne Hall 36119 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville
  • Cahoon, Samuel C., House (added 1978) 38369 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville


North Ridgeville is located in North East Ohio at 41°23′22″N 82°0′17″W / 41.38944°N 82.00472°W / 41.38944; -82.00472 (41.389546, -82.004605).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 23.58 square miles (61.07 km2), of which 23.44 square miles (60.71 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.

Located in eastern Lorain County, it borders the following municipalities and townships:

Metropolitan Area

North Ridgeville, is a part of the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor Metropolitan Statistical Area which in 2010 had a population of 2,077,240. North Ridgeville is also part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area, which in 2010 had a population of 2,780,440.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 8,057
1970 13,152 63.2%
1980 21,237 61.5%
1990 21,564 1.5%
2000 22,338 3.6%
2010 29,465 31.9%
2019 (est.) 34,392 16.7%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 29,465 people, 11,500 households, and 8,486 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,257.0 inhabitants per square mile (485.3/km2). There were 12,109 housing units at an average density of 516.6 per square mile (199.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 1.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 11,500 households, of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.2% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 40.7 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


North Ridgeville is served by many highways, including I-80 (Ohio Turnpike), the Outerbelt South Freeway Interstate 480 (Ohio), U.S. Route 20, Ohio State Route 10, Ohio State Route 83, and Ohio State Route 113. And just minutes away from I-90, and Ohio State Route 2.

The airport for North Ridgeville is the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (located in Cleveland, Ohio), and the Lorain County Regional Airport is the nearest county airport.

The Elyria, and Cleveland Amtrak Stations provide train transportation to the residents of North Ridgeville.

Corn Festival

In the June 2002 issue of Cleveland Magazine, the North Ridgeville Corn Festival was voted the best festival in Northeast Ohio.

North Ridgeville is home to the North Ridgeville Corn Festival. The history started when the Bicentennial Committee for the City of North Ridgeville was formed in 1975 to celebrate the upcoming United States bicentennial in 1976. The first festival ran 6 hours and featured 13 booths around the North Ridgeville Middle School track. The proceeds were donated to the library to assist with the cost of relocating it from the old Lawson’s store area the Olde Town Hall building across the street. The next year, in 1976, in addition to celebrating the bicentennial, the festival was held in honor Harold Sweet, a sweet corn grower in North Ridgeville, for all that he did for the youth and citizens of the city. The proceeds from this festival were donated to purchase trees for the then new Bainbridge Extension along with 2 bicentennial flags for City Hall. The Bicentennial Committee was renamed the North Ridgeville Corn Festival Committee in 1977.


  • Avon Commons, Avon
  • Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted
  • Crocker Park, Westlake

Parks and recreation

  • Sandy Ridge Reservation
  • South Central Park
  • Frontier Park
  • Palmer Field
  • Shady Drive Complex
  • Soccer Complex
  • Victory Park Ohio


North Ridgeville has a public library, a branch of the Lorain Public Library.

Public schools

The North Ridgeville City School District is managed by a directly elected school board. The North Ridgeville City School District was given a mediocre report card by the Ohio Department of Education for the years 2015–16. It had a grade of F for "Gap Closing" as well as "K-3 Literacy", while receiving a B for "Graduation Rate".

Public primary and intermediate schools include:

  • Early Childhood Learning Community, on Mills Creek Ln. (Pre-K thru K)
  • Liberty School, on Jaycox Rd. (1-2)
  • North Ridgeville Academic Center, on Bainbridge Rd. (3-8)

There is also the Ranger High Tech Academy for STEM students grades 2 through 7.

Public high schools include:

  • North Ridgeville High School (NRHS), on Bainbridge Road and Pitts Boulevard.
  • Lorain County Joint Vocational School, located in Oberlin, on Ohio State Highway 58 South.

North Ridgeville High School was named Ohio Lottery School of the Year for 2009–2010, and 2012–2013.

In November 2013, the citizens of North Ridgeville passed a bond issue for the replacement of the North Ridgeville Middle School, Elizabeth Wilcox Elementary, and the Rangers Stadium. The new Ranger's Stadium was completed by mid-2016, the inaugural football game took place on September 2, 2016. The North Ridgeville Academic Center, for grades 3–8, and the new stadium has been constructed on the property adjacent to the current North Ridgeville High School, on Bainbridge Road. The old schools, and stadium are scheduled for demolition. The district has rearranged preexisting schools, taking the Early Childhood Learning Center out of commission, while replacing the roof on Liberty School.

Private schools

Private schools include:

  • Saint Peter School, Grades K-8.
  • Lake Ridge Academy, Grades K-12.

College and universities

College and universities located in and around North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Notable people

  • Actor and musician Martin Mull of Clue, Roseanne and Dads.
  • Astronaut Charles Hobaugh graduated from North Ridgeville High School
  • Demario McCall, Ohio State University football player
  • Don Pope, third place finisher in the 2006 World's Strongest Man competition.
  • Joe Charboneau baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and 1980 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.
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