Introduction to Norwalk, Ohio

Norwalk, Ohio, in Huron county, is 26 miles SW of Lorain, Ohio (center to center) and 51 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio. As of the year 2000 census, 16,238 people lived in Norwalk.

Norwalk History

Earlier Norwalk was known as Firelands. Later on, the area was named after Norwalk, Connecticut, where most of its early settlers originated from. The area was first settled in July 1817 by Platt Benedict of Danbury, Connecticut. Benedict was the first mayor of Norwalk. The area became the county seat in May 1818. Norwalk was formally incorporated as a city on April 12, 1881.

Norwalk and nearby Attractions

  • Firelands Museum
  • Edison Birthplace Museum
  • Vermilion River Reservation
  • Milan Historical Museum
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park
  • Castaway Bay Waterpark

Things To Do In Norwalk

You can visit the Firelands Historical Society Museum during your leisure time. Norwalk offers a number of parks and playgrounds such as Memorial Lake Park, Whitney Park, Wayne Athletic Field, and McGuan Park. You can also spend a fun day at the Ernsthausen Community Complex which has a 25 yard competitive pool, 150 yard spiral water slide, 86 degree therapy pool, and several other facilities.

Norwalk Transportation

The nearest airport is Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport.

Norwalk Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are provided by Oberlin College, Lorain County Community College, and Ashland University.


Total Population 16,892
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,158
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.6%
Median Earnings25+ $30,734
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,637
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,445


Median Family Income $49,375
% Above Poverty Level 83.7%
% Below Poverty Level 16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $618
Median House Value $116,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.6%
US/American 0%
English 12.9%
Irish 15.1%

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

Norwalk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles SW of Lorain, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio
County Huron
Standard Zip Codes 44857
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.242
Longitude -82.615

Norwalk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Distance 20.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Station ASHLAND 2 SW
Distance 31.5 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, Norwalk, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bronson (44857)

Hartland (44857)

Olena (44857)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berlin Heights 531 $57,000
Huron 7,077 $60,476
Milan 1,317 $75,694

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

Norwalk Public Libraries

Norwalk Public Library
46 W. MAIN ST.
Norwalk, Ohio
(419) 668-6063
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Norwalk Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(419) 668-8101
Emergency Service: Yes

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Norwalk High Schools

Serves 846 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

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