Introduction to Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio, in Richland county, is 47 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 60 miles NE of Columbus, Ohio. It's situated in the foothills of the Allegheny Plateau, surrounded by farmlands in north-central Ohio. It's one of the highest elevated cities in the state. Years ago, Mansfield was known for heavy industry. Retail, healthcare and education are significant factors for the economy. The city's nickname is "The Heart of Ohio." The climate is regarded as humid continental.

Mansfield History

The town was settled in 1808 and was named in tribute to Jared Mansfield, a U.S. Surveyor General who directed the planning of the town. The railroad arrived in 1846 which significantly attributed to Mansfield becoming a major manufacturing location. It was a prominent stove manufacturing center. By the late 1920s Westinghouse was the largest employer. Years later, the manufacturing industries declined and the city became part of the rust belt.

Mansfield Attractions

  • The Boulevards is an early twentieth century historic neighborhood.
  • Mansfield Art Center
  • Kingwood Center is an historic location, featuring a home and numerous gardens. It's included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Biblewalk is a life-sized wax museum and includes over seventy scenes and a vast number of wax figures.
  • Mansfield Playhouse
  • 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard is situated at the Mansfield Lahm Airport.
  • Richland County Fair
  • Malabar Farm State Park
  • The Ohio State Reformatory has been included in numerous movies such as The Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One and Tango & Cash. The Administration Building features Gothic-style architecture and is a prominent tourist attraction.
  • Mansfield Memorial Museum
  • The Renaissance is an historic movie palace
  • Manfield's Historic Carrousel District includes Richland Carrousel Park
  • The Oak Hill Cottage features Carpenter Gothic architecture
  • Mansfield Motorsports Park

Mansfield Activities

The city has a large number of parks for outdoor activities. North Lake Park is a popular scenic location. The Deer Ridge Golf Course and the Westbrook Country Club are enjoyed by golfing enthusiasts. Skiers enjoy the Snow Trails Ski Resort. The Richland B & O Bike Trail traverses through one of the most scenic areas in Ohio. Mohican State Park is a popular destination. Pleasant Hill Lake is located in the area.

Mansfield Higher Education

The city is home to a regional campus of Ohio State University, North Central State College and MedCentral College of Nursing. Ashland University and the College of Wooster are nearby.

Mansfield Transportation

Air travel is provided at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport is nearby. The Richland County Transit provides bus service.


Total Population 46,998
Male Share of the Population 53.4%
Female Share of the Population 46.6%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 16,412
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 36%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.3%
Median Earnings25+ $25,845
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,020
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,697


Median Family Income $42,137
% Above Poverty Level 73.8%
% Below Poverty Level 26.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 39.3%
Median Gross Rent $578
Median House Value $78,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.8%
Irish 11.3%

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

Mansfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 47 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles NE of Columbus, Ohio
County Richland
Metro Area Mansfield
Standard Zip Codes 44902, 44903, 44904, 44905, 44906, 44907
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44901
Company Zip Codes 44999
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.758
Longitude -82.515

Mansfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.2 inches
Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches
Station ASHLAND 2 SW
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cool Ridge Heights (44905)

East Mansfield (44905)

Little Washington (44903)

Pavonia (44903)

Steam Corners (44904)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellville 1,841 $67,083
Crestline 4,472 $46,941
Lexington 5,712 $73,892
Lucas 577 $58,750

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

Mansfield Public Libraries

Mansfield-richland County Public Library
Mansfield, Ohio
(419) 521-3100
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Mansfield Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(419) 526-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

Serves 817 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

Serves 611 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

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Serves 88 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.8

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