Introduction to Willoughby, Ohio

Willoughby, Ohio, in Lake county, is 3 miles SW of Mentor, Ohio and 17 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio. Part of the surrounding Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria metro area, Willoughby is home to some 22,621 residents.

Willoughby History

The first permanent settler in this area was a man named David Abbot. He and his family developed good relations with the local tribe of Erie Indians. These Indians lived along the bank of a river that they called Sha-ga-rin which meant "clear water." This river went on to be renamed as Chagrin River. The area was named Willoughby after Dr. Westel Willoughby, a public health official whom the founders of the local medical college wanted to attract to the area.

Willoughby and nearby Attractions

  • Lost Nation Municipal Golf Course
  • Sunset Park
  • Chagrin River Park
  • Sequoia Golf Course
  • Holden Arboretum

Things To Do In Willoughby

The city offers a host of recreational facilities which include a number of parks and camping areas. The city is home to a ski club and a local municipal golf club, which has, in addition to an 18-hole golf course, a full service pro-shop as well as a snack bar.

Willoughby Transportation

The Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport offers full services.

Willoughby Higher Education

Lakeland Community College is nearby, while John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University are just short distances away.


Total Population 22,433
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 19.8%
Employed Population 16+ 11,690
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 45%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.3%
Median Earnings25+ $39,954
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,412
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,256


Median Family Income $66,925
% Above Poverty Level 92.1%
% Below Poverty Level 7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 39.6%
Median Gross Rent $838
Median House Value $143,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 20.5%

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

Willoughby Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Mentor, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 44094, 44095
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44096, 44097
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.639
Longitude -81.406

Willoughby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 35 F
Apr Temp 39 to 56 F
Jul Temp 64 to 81 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Distance 28.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Eastlake 18,380 $62,690
Kirtland 6,836 $120,172
Lakeline 271 $80,833

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

Willoughby Public Libraries

Willoughby-eastlake Public Library
Willoughby, Ohio
(440) 943-2203
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Willoughby High Schools

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Serves 1,248 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

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Serves 95 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

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