Lorain, OH Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lorain, Ohio - Basic Facts

The City of Lorain is the 10th largest city in Ohio with a population of 63,740 as of July 1, 2017. 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 41.4388 and longitude -82.1797 in Lorain County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lorain (see map below) 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 (GNIS ID: 1086514) 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 Lorain 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 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, 2017)


Total Population 63,740
Daytime Population: Workers 18,834
Daytime Population: Residents 38,351
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 57,185
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.90
Population in Households 63,112
Population in Familes 49,707
Population in Group Qrtrs 628
Population Density2 2,693
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $38,465
Average Household Income $51,304
Per Capita Income $20,809


Total Housing Units 29,631 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,038 (47.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,565 (39.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,028 (13.6%)
Median Home Value $96,000
Average Home Value $125,810


Total Households 25,603
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 16,081
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 -0.08% 0.09%
Households 0.04% 0.17%
Families -0.24% -0.01%
Median Household Income   2.12%
Per Capita Income   2.99%

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, 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 # 10 99th
Population Density # 125 90th
Diversity Index # 3 100th
Median Household Income # 1060 13th
Per Capita Income # 990 19th

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