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Overview

Introduction to Lima, Ohio

Lima, Ohio, in Allen county, is 58 miles N of Springfield, Ohio (center to center) and 69 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio. It's situated in northwestern Ohio and is part of the Rust Built. The Ottawa River runs through Lima. It's a prominent regional medical center and home to Procter and Gamble's Tide and Downy facility.

Lima History

The Shawnee Indians lived in the region. In 1885 oil was discovered, which brought Standard Oil to Lima. Benjamin Faurot's Opera House was established in 1882 and was a nationally well known venue. It served as a model for New York theaters. After WW I was over the city had a prominent Ku Klux Klan organization. During the 1920's industries were thriving and the city was well known for the locomotives it produced. Ohio Power Shovel Company and the Lima Locomotive Works Inc., were important factors for the economy.

Lima was one of the world's largest producers of school buses. During World War II Lima was home to a prominent tank manufacturing facility. In the 1970's and 1980's a large number of industrial companies moved out and the city became part of the "Rust Belt." After the 1970's it became a primary retail location for the region.

Lima Attractions

  • There are a large number of sites included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Lima Symphony Orchestra.
  • Union Block is part of the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Allen County Courthouse is an impressive looking building.
  • Armory-Latisona Building.
  • Griffith Brese Farm is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Metropolitan Block.
  • The Lima Memorial Hall is a splendid structure.
  • The Allen County Fair attracts a large crowd.

Lima Higher Education

The city is home to the University of Northwestern Ohio, the Ohio State University, Lima Campus and the James A. Rhodes State College.

People

Total Population 38,232
Male Share of the Population 52.8%
Female Share of the Population 47.2%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 14,452
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 30%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.3%
Median Earnings25+ $24,579
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,803
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,848

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,531
% Above Poverty Level 67.6%
% Below Poverty Level 32.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $608
Median House Value $67,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.9%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 12.8%

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

Lima Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles N of Springfield, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio
County Allen
Metro Area Lima
Standard Zip Codes 45801, 45804, 45805, 45806, 45807, 45809, 45819
P.O. Box Zip Codes 45802, 45808, 45854
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.742
Longitude -84.105

Lima 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 LIMA WWTP
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station VAN WERT 1 S
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Station KENTON
Distance 27.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Gomer (45809)

La Fayette (45854)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaverdam 468 $44,196
Cairo 410 $50,469
Cridersville 1,785 $43,750
Elida 1,962 $75,341
Lafayette 382 $67,391

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

Lima Public Libraries

Library
Lima Public Library
650 W. MARKET ST.
Lima, Ohio
(419) 228-5113
Library Web Site

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Lima Hospitals

ST RITA'S MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
730 WEST MARKET STREET
(419) 227-3361
Emergency Service: Yes

INSTITUTE FOR ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
(Proprietary)
801 MEDICAL DRIVE, SUITE B
(419) 224-7586
Emergency Service: No

LIMA MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1001 BELLEFONTAINE AVENUE
(419) 228-3335
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lima High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

LIMA HIGH SCHOOL
1 SPARTAN WAY
419-996-3000
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,298 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

SHAWNEE HIGH SCHOOL
3333 ZURMEHLY RD
419-998-8000
Serves 891 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

BATH HIGH SCHOOL
2850 BIBLE RD
419-221-0366
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 659 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

PERRY HIGH SCHOOL
2770 E BREESE RD
419-221-2774
Serves 404 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

ALLEN EAST HIGH SCHOOL
105 N WASHINGTON ST
419-649-6311
Serves 372 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

LIMA ALTERNATIVE
1 SPARTAN WAY
419-996-3000
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 51

ACES ALLEN COUNTY CHOICE ED HIGH SCHOOL
345 S ELIZABETH ST
419-224-6492

APOLLO CAREER CENTER
3325 SHAWNEE RD
419-998-2908
A Vocational School

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