Introduction to Port Clinton, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio, in Ottawa county, is 33 miles E of Toledo, Ohio. There are 6,391 residents in the city.

Port Clinton History

In 1824, DeWitt Clinton, a famous statesman of New York, first proposed to establish a canal from the Portage River to the Ohio River at Cincinnati. Huge tracts of land were bought in this area but 1,212 acres which were owned by Horton Howard in Sandusky County were excluded. The land from this area was bought in 1827, by Ezekiel Smith Haines. The village of Port Clinton was established on this site. It is believed that the town plat was laid out on June 16, 1828. It was Ezekiel Haines who named this place Port Clinton in honor of the New York Governor, Dewitt Clinton.

Port Clinton and Nearby Attractions

  • Edison Birthplace Museum
  • Johnson Island Civil War Prison and Fort Site
  • Catawba Island State Park
  • African Safari Wildlife Park
  • Schedel Arboretum and Gardens

Things To Do In Port Clinton

Museums such as the Edison Birthplace Museum, Follett House Museum, and Milan Historical Museum are located near Port Clinton. Recreational opportunities are available at parks such as Catawba Island State Park, Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge, and Crane Creek State Park. The Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, which spans over 17 acres, has a variety of flowering trees, perennials, and shrubs. Other popular attractions near Port Clinton are Cedar Point and the Toledo Zoo.

Port Clinton Transportation

Flights are available from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Port Clinton Higher Education

University Of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, and Owens Community College are situated near the city of Port Clinton.


Total Population 6,025
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,848
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $55,965
% Above Poverty Level 87.7%
% Below Poverty Level 12.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 31.6%
Median Gross Rent $570
Median House Value $98,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 9.6%

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

Port Clinton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 33 miles E of Toledo, Ohio
County Ottawa
Standard Zip Codes 43452
P.O. Box Zip Codes 43446
Phone Area Codes 419
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.511
Longitude -82.937

Port Clinton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PUT-IN-BAY
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 54 F
Jul Temp 68 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.7 inches
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 56 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Distance 15.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Catawba Island (43452)

Middle Bass (43446, 43452)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay View 566 $62,500
Castalia 808 $74,063
Kelleys Island 138 $57,375
Marblehead 933 $90,688

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

Port Clinton Public Libraries

Ida Rupp Public Library
Port Clinton, Ohio
(419) 732-3212
Library Web Site

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Port Clinton Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(419) 734-3131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Port Clinton High Schools

Serves 691 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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