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The City of Lorain is the 9th largest city in Ohio with a population of 64,719 as of July 1, 2021. Lorain 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 Lorain is located at latitude 41.4528 and longitude -82.1824 in Lorain County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lorain encompass a land area of 23.67 sq. miles and a water area of 0.47 sq. miles. Lorain County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 610 feet.

The City of Lorain 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lorain: Black River, Black River Settlement, Blackriver, Charleston, Charlestown, Mouth of Black River.

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Lorain, OH Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 64,719 (100%)
Population in Households 64,132 (99.1%)
Population in Families 50,124 (77.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 587 ( 0.9%)
Population Density 2,734
Diversity Index2 75


Median Household Income $36,646
Average Household Income $51,378
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $20,732
Wealth Index5 43


Total HU (Housing Units) 29,966 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,319 (54.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,767 (32.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,880 (12.9%)
Median Home Value $103,178
Average Home Value $152,428
Housing Affordability Index3 168


Total Households 26,086
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 16,204
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.09% 0.2%
Households 0.19% 0.27%
Families -0.09% 0.09%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   2.34%
Owner Occupied HU   0.6%

Lorain, OH - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lorain to the other 1,215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Ohio by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 9 99th
Population Density # 114 91st
Median Household Income # 1150 5th
Housing Affordability Index # 267 22nd
Per Capita Income # 1109 9th
Diversity Index # 3 100th

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