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Overview

Introduction to Lancaster, Ohio

Lancaster, Ohio, in Fairfield county, is 27 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. The city is included in the Columbus metropolitan area. 

Lancaster History

Lancaster, Ohio was founded by Colonel Ebenezer Zane from Wheeling in November 1800. The Indians' defeat in the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794, followed by the Treaty of Greenville in 1796, made the area safe for settlement. The Colonel realized this opportunity and set about developing the area. It was incorporated as a town in 1831.

Lancaster and Nearby Attractions

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Sherman House
  • Ohio Historical Society
  • Fairfield County Fairgrounds
  • Sherman Memorial
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church

Things To Do In Lancaster

The Fairfield County Fairgrounds is situated at the foot of Mt. Pleasant It was founded in 1850 and is spread over 65 acres of land. It is a popular spot and is also the oldest fair which has been in continuous operation in Ohio. Lancaster also has many municipal parks, such as the Rising Park, which surrounds Mt. Pleasant. It rises 300 feet above the surrounding plains and offers excellent views.

Lancaster Transportation

The Rickenbacker International Airport offers air transportation facilities.

Lancaster Higher Education

Some major universities nearby are the Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, Franklin University and Denison University.

People

Total Population 39,312
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 16,081
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,449
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,383
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,795

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,413
% Above Poverty Level 78.7%
% Below Poverty Level 21.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $735
Median House Value $115,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 16.4%

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

Lancaster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 27 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Fairfield
Metro Area Columbus
Standard Zip Codes 43130
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.713
Longitude -82.599

Lancaster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LANCASTER 2 NW
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station COLUMBUS VLY CROSSING
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Station COLUMBUS INTL AP
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Amanda 702 $65,313
Carroll 411 $52,813

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

Lancaster Public Libraries

Library
Fairfield County District Library
219 N. BROAD ST.
Lancaster, Ohio
(740) 653-2798
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Lancaster Hospitals

FAIRFIELD MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
401 NORTH EWING STREET
(740) 687-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lancaster High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

LANCASTER HS & STANBERY CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL
1312 GRANVILLE PIKE
740-681-7500
Serves 1,815 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

FAIRFIELD UNION HIGH SCHOOL
6401 CINCINNATI ZANESVILLE RD
740-536-7306
Serves 635 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

LANCASTER DIGITAL ACADEMY
111 S BROAD ST
740-687-7300
A Charter School.
Serves 43 students.

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