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Overview

Introduction to Oberlin, Ohio

Oberlin, Ohio is 7 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 30 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio. It is located in Lorain county.

Oberlin History

Two Presbyterian ministers, Philo P. Stewart and John Shipherd, founded Oberlin in 1833. The duo named the area Oberlin honoring Jean-Frédéric Oberlin, who was an Alsatian minister. They wanted to establish a school to train Christian missionaries, as well as to create a religious community. Oberlin college was established in the city. Oberlin was also played an important role in the United States abolitionist movement in the mid-19th century.

Oberlin and Nearby Attractions

  • Findley State Park
  • Allen Memorial Art Museum
  • Carlisle Reservation
  • Apollo Theater
  • Goodtimes Amusement Park
  • Johnson Island Civil War Prison and Fort Site

Things To Do In Oberlin

Popular museums in and around Oberlin include the Milan Historical Museum, the Oberlin Heritage Center, Allen Memorial Art Museum and Inland Seas Maritime Museum. Vermilion River Reservation, Bradley Woods Reservation and French Creek Reservation offer opportunities for recreation, and activities such as fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking. Cooke House, which was the home of Eleutherus Cooke, congressman and state legislator in the 1840s, is a renowned historic site in Sandusky, near Oberlin.

Oberlin Transportation

Air transportation is available at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

Oberlin Higher Education

Oberlin College is located in the city. Nearby colleges include Lorain County Community College, Baldwin-Wallace College and Ashland University.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,317
Male Share of the Population45.2%
Female Share of the Population54.8%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+3,439
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married30.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher47%
Median Earnings25+$38,239
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,344
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,667

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,657
% Above Poverty Level76.5%
% Below Poverty Level23.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work43.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone35.9%
Median Gross Rent$743
Median House Value$150,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.5%
German17.1%
English11.6%
Irish8.1%
Polish5.2%
Italian5.2%
Russian3.3%
African3%
Scottish2.7%
Dutch2.5%
French Except Basque2.2%
Hungarian1.7%
Swedish1.3%
Welsh1.2%
Norwegian1.2%
Arab0.9%
Ghanaian0.8%
Slovak0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Latvian0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
Haitian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Greek0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Czech0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Belizean0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Iraqi0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Oberlin Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lorain County
Standard Zip Codes44074
Phone Area Codes440
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.29
Approximate Longitude-82.21

Oberlin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationOBERLIN
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationCLEVELAND HOPKNS INTL AP
Distance20.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 33 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp44 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.7 inches
StationNORWALK WWTP
Distance20.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Amherst12,086$76,867
Elyria53,944$51,635
Kipton230$61,875
South Amherst1,668$64,531
Wellington5,139$63,853

Oberlin Public Libraries

Oberlin Public Library
65 S. MAIN ST.
Oberlin, Ohio
(440) 775-4790

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Oberlin Hospitals

Mercy Allen Hospital
(Non-profit)
200 West Lorain Street
(440) 775-1211
Mercy Allen Hospital
200 West Lorain Street
(440) 775-1211

Oberlin Public Schools

Eastwood Elementary School
198 E College St
ZIP: 44074
(440) 775-3473
Primary
Total Enrollment 258
Firelands Elementary School
10779 Vermilion Rd
ZIP: 44074
(440) 965-5381
Primary
Total Enrollment 719
Firelands High School
10643 Vermilion Rd
ZIP: 44074
(440) 965-4255
High
Total Enrollment 525
Langston Middle School
150 N Pleasant St
ZIP: 44074
(440) 775-7961
Middle
Total Enrollment 248
Oberlin High School
281 N Pleasant St
ZIP: 44074
(440) 774-1295
High
Total Enrollment 305
Prospect Elementary School
36 S Prospect St
ZIP: 44074
(440) 774-4421
Primary
Total Enrollment 215
William R Burton
15181 State Route 58
ZIP: 44074
(440) 774-1051
High
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