Introduction to Oberlin, Ohio

Oberlin, Ohio is 7 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 30 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio. It is located in Lorain county and has a population of 8,195.

Oberlin History

Two Presbyterian ministers, Philo P. Stewart and John Shipherd, founded Oberlin in 1833. The duo named the area Oberlin honoring Jean-Frédéric Oberlin, who was an Alsatian minister. They wanted to establish a school to train Christian missionaries, as well as to create a religious community. Oberlin college was established in the city. Oberlin was also played an important role in the United States abolitionist movement in the mid-19th century.

Oberlin and Nearby Attractions

  • Findley State Park
  • Allen Memorial Art Museum
  • Carlisle Reservation
  • Apollo Theater
  • Goodtimes Amusement Park
  • Johnson Island Civil War Prison and Fort Site

Things To Do In Oberlin

Popular museums in and around Oberlin include the Milan Historical Museum, the Oberlin Heritage Center, Allen Memorial Art Museum, and Inland Seas Maritime Museum. Vermilion River Reservation, Bradley Woods Reservation, and French Creek Reservation offer opportunities for recreation, and activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking. Cooke House, which was the home of Eleutherus Cooke, congressman and state legislator in the 1840s, is a renowned historic site in Sandusky, near Oberlin.

Oberlin Transportation

Air transportation is available at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

Oberlin Higher Education

Oberlin College is located in the city. Nearby colleges include Lorain County Community College, Baldwin-Wallace College, and Ashland University.


Total Population 8,356
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,456
Age of the Population 23


% of people married 29.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.3%
Median Earnings25+ $37,196
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,940
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,078


Median Family Income $72,843
% Above Poverty Level 78.7%
% Below Poverty Level 21.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 40.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 35.7%
Median Gross Rent $742
Median House Value $139,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.1%
US/American 0.4%
English 12.4%
Irish 10.6%

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

Oberlin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio
County Lorain
Standard Zip Codes 44074
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.293
Longitude -82.217

Oberlin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.9 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
Distance 20.4 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
Distance 20.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

New Russia Township (44074)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Amherst 12,114 $73,153
Elyria 54,050 $48,191
Kipton 245 $66,250

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

Oberlin Public Libraries

Oberlin Public Library
65 S. MAIN ST.
Oberlin, Ohio
(440) 775-4790
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Oberlin High Schools

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Serves 733 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

Serves 341 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

15181 STATE ROUTE 58
A Vocational School

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