Introduction to Vermilion, Ohio

Vermilion, Ohio, in Erie county, is 9 miles W of Lorain, Ohio (center to center) and 35 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio. There are an estimated 10,927 people in the city.

Vermilion History

The modern day Vermilion was first settled during the early 19th century. In 1834, the Village of Vermilion was formed and at that time was a small boat harbor. The Vermilion Lighthouse was built in 1847. Though the fishing business of the area flourished until the 1970s, Vermilion became a major resort community during the early 20th century. Vermilion was incorporated as a city in 1960.

Vermilion and nearby Attractions

  • Inland Seas Maritime Museum
  • Vermilion River Reservation
  • Allen Memorial Art Museum
  • Johnson Island Civil War Prison and Fort Site
  • Castaway Bay Waterpark
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park

Things To Do In Vermilion

You can visit the Showse Park, Brownhelm Historic District, and the Linwood Park while staying in Vermilion. You can also shop at the South Shore Shopping Center. Canoeing and kayaking can be enjoyed on the Vermilion Riverand, Lake Erie, and Black River. In addition, you can spend your leisure hours at Castaway Bay which offers a 38,000 square foot waterpark, a number of water slides, water coasters, and an indoor wave pool.

Vermilion Transportation

The nearest airport is Lorain County Regional Airport.

Vermilion Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Lorain County Community College, Baldwin - Wallace College, Oberlin College, Cleveland State University, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cuyahoga Community College District.


Total Population 10,462
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 22.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,523
Age of the Population 49


% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.5%
Median Earnings25+ $30,598
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,981
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,161


Median Family Income $61,404
% Above Poverty Level 87.3%
% Below Poverty Level 12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $781
Median House Value $128,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 14.7%

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

Vermilion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Lorain, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio
County Erie
Standard Zip Codes 44001, 44089
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.421
Longitude -82.364

Vermilion Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.2 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 16.9 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 34.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Beulah Beach (44089)

Brownhelm (44001)

Henrietta (44001)

Linwood Park (44089)

Vermilion on the Lake (44089)

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
Berlin Heights 531 $57,000
Huron 7,077 $60,476
Lorain 63,778 $42,702

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

Vermilion Public Libraries

Ritter Public Library
Vermilion, Ohio
(440) 967-3798
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Vermilion High Schools

Serves 790 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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