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Overview

Introduction to Elyria, Ohio

Elyria, Ohio is 23 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio. It's situated in northeastern Ohio in Lorain county. The Black River runs through the town. Elyria is home to the headquarters of Invacare, Ridgid Tool, Elyria Manufacturing Company, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, and Diamond Products. A large number of residents commute to Cleveland to work.

Elyria History

The city was established in 1817 by Heam Ely. He constructed a gristmill, dam and a sawmill. Ely donated a major portion of the land for the community. The town was named in tribute to him. Elyria included a large number of manufacturing companies. Elyria Canning Company was a major employer. In 1967 the Midway Mall was open for business which caused a vast number of local businesses to relocate to the mall or shut down.

Elyria Attractions

  • The Apple Festival is a popular event.
  • Stocker Humanities & Fine Arts Center offers a variety of theatrical performances, music and dance performances.
  • Elyria Civil War Monument
  • Jamie's Flea Market
  • Stocker Center Art Gallery
  • The Hickories features exhibits on the history of Lorain County.
  • The Train Depot is an impressive structure.
  • Town Hall
  • Stone Tower

Elyria Activities

The city includes numerous parks and recreational centers. Elywood is a popular park. Cascade Park is situated in a scenic ravine. The Black River flows through it and the park features the notable East Falls. It's utilized for sledding during the winter. Residents enjoy outdoor activities at the nearby Lake Erie, Spencer Lake and Findley State Park. They also have opportunities for a variety of activities in close by Cleveland.

Elyria Higher Education

Lorain County Community College is located in Elyria.

Elyria Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

People

Total Population 54,050
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 23,972
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.5%
Median Earnings25+ $30,274
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,696
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,500

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,191
% Above Poverty Level 77.8%
% Below Poverty Level 22.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $707
Median House Value $94,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28%
US/American 0%
English 9%
Irish 14.1%

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

Elyria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio
County Lorain
Standard Zip Codes 44035, 44039, 44074
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44036
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.368
Longitude -82.107

Elyria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ELYRIA 3 E
Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station OBERLIN
Distance 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
Station CHIPPEWA LAKE
Distance 23.8 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, Elyria, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

New Russia Township (44074)

Ridgeville (44035)

Sheffield Village (44035)

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
Avon 22,046 $106,905
Grafton 6,090 $63,565
Lorain 63,778 $42,702

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

Elyria Public Libraries

Library
Elyria Public Library
320 WASHINGTON AVE.
Elyria, Ohio
(440) 323-5747
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Elyria Hospitals

EMH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
630 EAST RIVER STREET
(216) 329-7500
Emergency Service: Yes

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311 6TH ST
440-284-8300
Serves 2,033 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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2015 W RIVER RD N
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 358 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.5

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