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Sandusky, Ohio - Basic Facts

The City of Sandusky had a population of 24,700 as of July 1, 2017. Sandusky ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Sandusky is located at latitude 41.4559 and longitude -82.7144 in Erie County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sandusky (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.73 sq. miles and a water area of 12.18 sq. miles. Erie County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 594 feet.

The City of Sandusky (GNIS ID: 1086070) 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 Sandusky population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sandusky: Fort Stephenson, Portland, Sandusky City.

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Sandusky, OH Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 24,700
Daytime Population: Workers 21,501
Daytime Population: Residents 12,657
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 34,158
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.38
Population in Households 24,125
Population in Familes 17,715
Population in Group Qrtrs 575
Population Density2 2,540
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $37,823
Average Household Income $50,867
Per Capita Income $22,153


Total Housing Units 13,297 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,358 (40.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,316 (40.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,622 (19.7%)
Median Home Value $87,452
Average Home Value $128,661


Total Households 10,675
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 6,043
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.6% -0.52%
Households -0.51% -0.46%
Families -0.82% -0.67%
Median Household Income   0.62%
Per Capita Income   2.15%

Sandusky, OH - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sandusky to the other 1,215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Ohio by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 64 95th
Population Density # 145 88th
Diversity Index # 36 97th
Median Household Income # 1078 11th
Per Capita Income # 868 29th

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