Chardon, Ohio

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Chardon, Ohio

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. The village contains a population of approximately 5,156.

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.

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High Points

Chardon strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Ohio):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 9% Chardon Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Chardon Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 16% Chardon People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 17% Chardon College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Chardon Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 19% Chardon Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Chardon, Ohio

Comparing Chardon to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Ohio (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Senior Citizens 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Age of the Population 6 7
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 4
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
College Educated Adults 7 9
Median Family Income 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 9
Short Commute Times 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Public Transportation Use 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 5

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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
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Chardon Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,156 100%
Male 2,368 45.9%
Female 2,788 54.1%
Under 18 1,283 24.9%
18+ 3,873 75.1%
65+ 814 15.8%
Median Age 37.4
Average Family Size 3.02
White 5,041 97.8%
African-American 22 0.4%
Asian 23 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0%
Other 5 0.1%
Mixed Race 63 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 24 0.5%

Estimated Chardon Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,280
Growth 124
Growth % 2.4%

Chardon Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 20.9%
Irish 12.3%
English 11.6%
Italian 10%
US/American 8%
Polish 6.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
Hungarian 3.7%
Slovak 2.6%
Russian 2.3%
Czech 2.2%
Croatian 1.9%
Dutch 1.5%
Scottish 1.3%
Swedish 1.2%
Slovene 1.2%
Welsh 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Austrian 0.9%
Finnish 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Iranian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Romanian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Slavic 0.3%
French Canadian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Chardon 5,156 $57,845
Burton 1,450 $51,250
Grand River 345 $50,469
Kirtland Hills 597 $144,134
Mentor 50,278 $65,322
Painesville 17,503 $41,000
Perry 1,195 $58,281

Chardon Public Libraries

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

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Chardon Hospitals

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

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