Introduction to Lorain, Ohio

Lorain, Ohio, in Lorain county, is 25 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio. The city is situated in northeastern Ohio, along Lake Erie at the mouth of the Black River. It's part of the Cleveland-Elyria metropolitan area. The Lorain Works steel mills employ thousands of people and the harbor also provides numerous jobs. The municipality has a diverse population. The city was named for a French province.

Lorain History

The city was established in 1807. It was originally known as Charleston. The arrival of the railroad was the stimulus for the construction of the local steel mills. The numerous steel mills in the city have been in operation since 1895. A portion of them are still in operation. People moved to Lorain from various regions of the country in order to work in the steel mills and at the flourishing shipyards. In 1924 a powerful tornado damaged a large portion of the city and killed numerous people.

Lorain Attractions

  • Lorain International Festival is a notable event.
  • Lorain Palace is a restored gothic theatre which offers dramas, movies, music and other forms of entertainment.
  • The Harrison Cultural Community Center offers information on African American Heritage.
  • Stocker Arts Center
  • Lorain Lighthouse
  • Lorain Underground Railroad Station 100 Monument
  • Harrison Cultural Community Center

Lorain Activities

The city includes a vast number of parks for outdoor activities. The paths at Longfellow, Oakwood and Central parks are popular for walking and bicycle riding. Century Beach attracts residents and visitors. Lorain Harbor is enjoyed by bird watching enthusiasts. The Lake Erie area is popular for outdoor recreation and includes several scenic beaches. Kayakers enjoy the Black River and Lake Erie. The picturesque Lakeview hosts several triathlons and marathons. Residents enjoy the activities and professional sports teams located in nearby Cleveland.

Lorain Transportation

Lorain County Transit provides services.


Total Population 63,778
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 24,816
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.2%
Median Earnings25+ $28,759
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,943
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,329


Median Family Income $42,702
% Above Poverty Level 73%
% Below Poverty Level 27%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $656
Median House Value $87,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.8%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 11.3%

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

Lorain Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 25 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio
County Lorain
Standard Zip Codes 44052, 44053, 44054, 44055
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.452
Longitude -82.182

Lorain Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ELYRIA 3 E
Distance 8.4 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
Distance 13 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 26 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Sheffield Village (44054)

South Lorain (44055)

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
Elyria 54,050 $48,191

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

Lorain Public Libraries

Lorain Public Library
Lorain, Ohio
(440) 244-1192
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Lorain Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(440) 960-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lorain High Schools

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Serves 1,378 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

2270 E 42ND ST
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,264 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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Serves 733 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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