Oberlin, OH Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Oberlin, Ohio - Basic Facts

The City of Oberlin had a population of 7,986 as of July 1, 2016. Oberlin ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Ohio. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Oberlin is located at latitude 41.2861 and longitude -82.2188 in Lorain County. The formal boundaries for the City of Oberlin (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.92 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Lorain County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 810 feet.

The City of Oberlin (GNIS ID: 2395295) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Oberlin population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Oberlin, OH Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 7,986
Population in Households 5,887
Population in Familes 3,929
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,099
Population Density1 1,624
Diversity Index2 53


Total Households 2,720
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 1,399
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,039 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,292 (42.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,428 (47.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 319 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $152,709
Average Home Value $184,559


Median Household Income $51,865
Average Household Income $64,708
Per Capita Income $24,768
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.59% -0.11%
Households -0.06% 0.09%
Families 0.21% -0.13%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   1.96%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Oberlin, OH - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Oberlin to the other 1,215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Ohio by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 213 83rd
Population Density1 # 407 67th
Diversity Index2 # 45 96th
Median Household Income # 499 59th
Per Capita Income # 503 59th

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