Introduction to Ontario, Ohio

Ontario, Ohio, in Richland county, is 49 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 59 miles N of Columbus, Ohio. The village is part of the Mansfield metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Ontario History

The area was originally established as part of the Springfield Township, on the trail between Bucyrus and Mansfield. In 1834, the it merged with New Castle and was known as the Village of Ontario. Following the establishment of a stamping plant of General Motors in 1956, residents voted in favor of incorporation. On June 25, 1958, Ontario was incorporated as a village, and it was reincorporated as a city on April 30, 2001.

Ontario and Nearby Attractions

  • Allen Memorial Art Museum
  • Harding Home
  • Indian Mill
  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Malabar Farm State Park
  • Schedel Arboretum and Gardens

Things To Do In Ontario

Exhibits in the Indian Mill museum depict the history of milling from prehistoric times. Roscoe Village is a restored canal town complete with historic buildings, canal boat trips and craftspeople. Another popular place to visit is the Allen Memorial Art Museum which features 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, 19th and 20th century European art, as well as Old Master prints. The home of President Warren G. Harding is a historical site near Ontario. Facilities for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping and picnicking are available at the Malabar Farm State Park. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens and Cedar Point amusement park are some of the other popular destinations in the area.

Ontario Transportation

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport is the closest major airport.

Ontario Higher Education

Colleges near Ontario include the Ashland University, North Central State College and Ohio State University - Mansfield.


Total Population 6,142
Male Share of the Population 45%
Female Share of the Population 55%
Senior Citizens 20.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,825
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 55.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $62,367
% Above Poverty Level 92.8%
% Below Poverty Level 7.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $773
Median House Value $125,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
US/American 0%
English 14.9%
Irish 13.4%

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

Ontario Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 49 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 59 miles N of Columbus, Ohio
County Richland
Metro Area Mansfield
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44862
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.759
Longitude -82.59

Ontario Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.5 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 13.6 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
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches

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
Mansfield 46,998 $42,137

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

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