Introduction to Mentor, Ohio

Mentor, Ohio, in Lake county, is 21 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio. It's situated along the south shore of Lake Erie. The city includes industrial areas, small ranches and upscale lakefront homes. It's a primary retail location in the Greater Cleveland area. The city's name comes from the Greek figure Mentor.

Mentor History

Mentor was settled in 1797 as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. After the Civil War ended nurseries and greenhouses were thriving. Mentor became a popular summer resort area for the prosperous families of Cleveland. President James A. Garfield had a home in the city.

Mentor Attractions

  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site includes the home of President Garfield and features a large collection of Victorian Furniture.
  • Lake County History Center.
  • Ice Arena.
  • Mentor Lagoon's Tall Ship Festival.
  • Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum.
  • Great Lakes Mall.
  • Holden Arboretum.
  • Mentor Fire Museum.
  • Mentor Beach Park.
  • Morton Pool & Spray Park.
  • Headlands Beach State Park.
  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site.
  • Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse.

Mentor Activities

The popular Headlands Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Erie. It's regarded as one of the best beaches in the state and includes hiking trails. The Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve is situated on Lake Erie and includes an oak bluff and is a resting place for migrating birds and butterflies. Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve features rare plants and migrating birds.

Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve offers scenic trails and is popular with nature enthusiasts. Lake Erie attracts bird watchers. The city provides an extensive bicycle path system. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the Black Brook Golf Course. The county includes a collection of wineries.

Mentor Transportation

The nearest airport is Cuyahoga County Airport.

Mentor Higher Education

Lakeland Community College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Dental - Medical Assistants, Cleveland State University and John Carroll University provide opportunities for higher studies.


Total Population 46,952
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 25,098
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 57.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.2%
Median Earnings25+ $43,756
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,167
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,430


Median Family Income $85,284
% Above Poverty Level 93.2%
% Below Poverty Level 6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 27.8%
Median Gross Rent $886
Median House Value $167,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.8%
Irish 19%

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

Mentor Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 21 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 44060
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44061
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.666
Longitude -81.339

Mentor Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 35 F
Apr Temp 39 to 56 F
Jul Temp 64 to 81 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Distance 9.9 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
Distance 32.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mentor on the (44060)

Mentor on the Lake (44060)

Mol (44060)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Grand River 387 $68,750
Kirtland 6,836 $120,172
Kirtland Hills 686 $145,357

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

Mentor Public Libraries

Mentor Public Library
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(440) 255-8811
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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