Lorain County, Ohio

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

Lorain County is a county in northeastern Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 301,356. [2] Its county seat is Elyria. [3] The county was created in 1822 and later organized in 1824. [4]

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". [5] ( 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. [6] It is the fourth-largest county in Ohio by total area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

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. 2016 306,365 [7] 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]
1790-1960 [9] 1900-1990 [10]
1990-2000 [11] 2010-2013 [2]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 301,356 people, 116,274 households, and 80,077 families residing in the county. [12] 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). [13] 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. [12] 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. [14]

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. [12]

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. [15]

Politics

Presidential Elections Results [16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 47.5% 66,818 47.6% 66,949 4.8% 6,795
2012 41.5% 59,405 56.9% 81,464 1.7% 2,384
2008 40.2% 59,068 58.1% 85,276 1.7% 2,515
2004 43.5% 61,203 56.1% 78,970 0.4% 569
2000 42.8% 47,957 53.3% 59,809 3.9% 4,414
1996 32.8% 34,937 52.4% 55,744 14.8% 15,764
1992 31.0% 36,803 43.0% 50,962 26.0% 30,840
1988 47.1% 50,410 52.0% 55,600 0.9% 916
1984 50.8% 57,379 46.9% 52,970 2.4% 2,672
1980 49.5% 51,034 39.7% 40,919 10.8% 11,131
1976 41.7% 39,459 55.3% 52,387 3.0% 2,865
1972 56.2% 51,102 40.3% 36,634 3.6% 3,280
1968 40.0% 34,252 49.7% 42,642 10.3% 8,833
1964 32.4% 26,683 67.6% 55,755
1960 47.5% 39,361 52.5% 43,487
1956 60.1% 40,340 39.9% 26,774
1952 56.4% 33,825 43.6% 26,194
1948 49.5% 21,616 49.0% 21,397 1.4% 625
1944 48.6% 23,866 51.4% 25,254
1940 47.6% 23,422 52.5% 25,831
1936 37.3% 15,906 57.2% 24,393 5.5% 2,357
1932 51.0% 20,897 45.8% 18,753 3.2% 1,321
1928 63.8% 24,386 35.6% 13,607 0.6% 212
1924 61.4% 17,062 14.3% 3,965 24.3% 6,747
1920 65.8% 18,125 31.4% 8,640 2.8% 764
1916 45.7% 6,868 50.9% 7,658 3.4% 516
1912 16.3% 2,226 33.7% 4,591 50.0% 6,804
1908 57.1% 8,699 35.8% 5,460 7.1% 1,076
1904 70.2% 9,001 21.0% 2,700 8.8% 1,129
1900 61.9% 8,497 36.4% 4,989 1.7% 235
1896 63.3% 7,801 35.4% 4,367 1.3% 159
1892 56.6% 5,434 38.3% 3,674 5.1% 492
1888 57.3% 5,235 36.3% 3,311 6.4% 587
1884 60.3% 5,478 35.2% 3,199 4.5% 408
1880 66.3% 5,609 32.5% 2,752 1.2% 105
1876 65.3% 5,187 34.2% 2,720 0.5% 39
1872 67.7% 4,432 32.0% 2,097 0.3% 17

Lorain County is predominantly Democratic having voted for the Democratic candidate for president in 12 of the last 15 elections. In 2016 Donald Trump came within 131 votes of being the first Republican to capture the county since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Education

Higher education

Public school districts

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
  • 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
  • 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

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]

Private high schools

Communities

Map of Lorain County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Cities

Villages

Townships

Census-designated places

Other communities


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