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Oberlin, Ohio - Basic Facts

The City of Oberlin had a population of 8,063 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 8,063
Daytime Population: Workers 4,511
Daytime Population: Residents 4,298
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,809
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.09
Population in Households 5,916
Population in Familes 3,942
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,147
Population Density2 1,640
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $54,951
Average Household Income $68,579
Per Capita Income $25,851


Total Housing Units 3,038 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,296 (42.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,418 (46.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 324 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $158,488
Average Home Value $189,749


Total Households 2,714
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 1,389
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 -0.38% -0.01%
Households -0.08% 0.14%
Families 0.08% -0.12%
Median Household Income   2.72%
Per Capita Income   2.66%

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, 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 # 212 83rd
Population Density # 398 67th
Diversity Index # 42 97th
Median Household Income # 465 62nd
Per Capita Income # 537 56th

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