Introduction to Ashtabula, Ohio

Ashtabula, Ohio is 31 miles NE of Mentor, Ohio (center to center) and 53 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio. It is in Ashtabula County. The city is part of the Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria metro area.

Ashtabula History

The present day city of Ashtabula was first settled around 1803. It derived its name from an Indian term meaning "river of many fish." Ashtabula was incorporated in 1891. Before the American Civil War, Ashtabula included a number of stops on the Underground Railroad. These stops were used to help African-American slaves reach Canada in order to gain their freedom. Since the late 19th Century, the harbor of Ashtabula has been a large coal port.

Ashtabula and Nearby Attractions

  • Ashtabula Marine Museum
  • Finish American Heritage and Museum
  • Coast Guard Memorial Museum
  • Hubbard House Museum
  • Great Lakes Marine

Things To Do In Ashtabula

You can enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Erie while staying at Ashtabula. You can also enjoy the views of the long coal ramp draping at the harbor. The Walnut Beach offers a swimming beach, wildlife preserve, picnic tables, basketball and volleyball courts, and a great view of Ashtabula's historic lighthouse. You can also visit the Hubbard House, Marine museums and the Finnish American Heritage and Museum. Shopping can be enjoyed at Lake Avenue Shopping Center, Harbor Plaza Shopping Center and Ashtabula Plaza Shopping Center.

Ashtabula Transportation

The nearest airport is Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

Ashtabula Higher Education

Kent State University-Ashtabula Regional Campus is the local university. Lakeland Community College, Edinboro University Of Pennsylvania and Youngstown State University are other colleges and universities that offer facilities for higher studies.


Total Population 18,663
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,288
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 38.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.4%
Median Earnings25+ $25,157
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,850
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,315


Median Family Income $35,253
% Above Poverty Level 65.2%
% Below Poverty Level 34.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 36.1%
Median Gross Rent $615
Median House Value $72,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.8%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 12.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ashtabula Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles NE of Mentor, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 53 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio
County Ashtabula
Standard Zip Codes 44004
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44005
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.865
Longitude -80.79

Ashtabula Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Station DORSET
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.2 inches
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ashtabula, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Ashtabula (44004)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Conneaut 12,806 $41,944
Geneva 6,101 $59,291
Jefferson 3,199 $50,544
Madison 3,183 $66,607

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ashtabula Public Libraries

Ashtabula Cnty District Library
335 W. 44TH ST.
Ashtabula, Ohio
(440) 997-9341
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Ashtabula Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(440) 997-2262
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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Historic Ashtabula


Harbor entrance c1900.

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Harbor entrance c1900.

Car dumping machine ca. 1900

Fueling lighter with clam shell hoist ca. 1900

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