Introduction to Chardon, Ohio

Chardon, Ohio, in Geauga county, is 10 miles E of Mentor, Ohio (center to center) and 29 miles E of Cleveland, Ohio

Chardon History

Pioneers arrived in the late 1700s, and Captain Edward Paine, Jr., moved here in 1812. He is considered to the founder of the community of Chardon and served as the region's postmaster, county auditor and recorder. Peter Chardon Brooks, a Boston entrepreneur and landowner, donated land for the town plat. Later, this land became the historic Chardon Square. In 1810, the community was named "Chardon" in his honor. The word is also the French term for "thistle." Over the years, it developed into a quintessential New England town and was incorporated in the 1850s. In 1868, a devastating fire destroyed considerable property in Chardon.

Chardon and Nearby Attractions

  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse
  • Euclid Creek Reservation
  • Century Village Museum
  • Headlands Beach State Park
  • Holden Arboretum

Things To Do In Chardon

James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, used to live in a mansion in Chardon during the 1870s. This home is now a historic landmark. Century Village Museum is a restored Western Reserve community complete with historic homes, marshal's office, a schoolhouse, a train station and a blacksmith shop. The Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse features exhibits of historical importance. Chardon also offers easy access to the Euclid Creek Reservation, South Chagrin Reservation and Holden Arboretum. Facilities for swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing and hiking are provided by the Helen Hazen Wyman Metropolitan Park, Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park, Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park and Headlands Beach State Park. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Sand Ridge Golf Club. Residents of Chardon also celebrate the annual Maple Festival in April.

Chardon Transportation

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport is the closest major airport.

Chardon Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Kent State University - Geauga, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Lake Erie College and Lakeland Community College.


Total Population 5,170
Male Share of the Population 45.5%
Female Share of the Population 54.5%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,632
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 48%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.9%
Median Earnings25+ $41,270
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,181
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,424


Median Family Income $79,974
% Above Poverty Level 89.4%
% Below Poverty Level 10.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $668
Median House Value $169,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 14.2%

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

Chardon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles E of Mentor, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles E of Cleveland, Ohio
County Geauga
Standard Zip Codes 44024
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.614
Longitude -81.149

Chardon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Station HIRAM
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Station WARREN 3 S
Distance 33.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Concord Township (44024)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burton 1,226 $54,464
Grand River 387 $68,750
Kirtland Hills 686 $145,357
Mentor 46,952 $85,284

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

Chardon Public Libraries

Geauga County Public Library
Chardon, Ohio
(440) 286-6811
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Chardon Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(440) 269-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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