|• Type||Mayor – Council|
|• Mayor||Frank Whitfield|
|• Total||20.81 sq mi (53.89 km2)|
|• Land||20.55 sq mi (53.22 km2)|
|• Water||0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)|
|Elevation||715 ft (218 m)|
|• Density||2,562.59/sq mi (989.42/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
44035, 44036, 44039, 44074
|GNIS feature ID||1040177|
Elyria (// ə-LEER-ee-ə) is a city in and the county seat of Lorain County, Ohio, United States, located at the forks of the Black River in Northeast Ohio 23 miles (37 km) southwest of Cleveland. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 52,656. It is a principal city in the Cleveland metropolitan area. The city is home to Lorain County Community College.
The village of Elyria was founded in 1817 by Heman Ely, who built a log house, dam, gristmill, and sawmill on the village's site along the Black River. Ely began to build more houses to accommodate European-American settlers migrating to what was, at that time, within Huron County, Ohio. By the time Ely died in 1852, Elyria had five churches, three grocery stores, three flour mills, a newspaper, and a population of more than 1,500. Early postal service from Cleveland was provided by Artemis Beebe, a rider who held the first contract to deliver mail across this section of the Black River.
By the turn of the 20th century, Elyria was a town of about 8,000. In 1908, Elyria Memorial Hospital was built. In the first half of the 20th century, the town developed some manufacturing, as well as a range of retail businesses.
In August 1967, Midway Mall was opened. It changed the local economy by attracting local businesses from the town center or causing so much competition they went out of business. Industrial restructuring meant that good jobs left the area, and poverty increased. Three major car plant closings in the area led to economic stagnation and joblessness in the 1970s and 1980s that affected numerous communities. The region was nicknamed "the Rustbelt," suggesting the decline of its former industries.
In the 1990s, Elyria experienced a minor revival with construction of some new roads and housing. It serves as a residential, suburban "bedroom community" for Cleveland, where new businesses and industries are developing with an increase in new jobs.
In the 2000s and 2010s, companies like Bendix and 3M moved their operations elsewhere. To prepare for this, voters passed Issue 6 in March 2016. Issue 6 increased the city's income tax by 0.5%. It was used to pay for police, parks, and fiber-optic Internet in the city. With the reconstruction of State Route 57 on the city's northwest side by Midway Mall, traffic flow was improved.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.84 square miles (53.98 km2), of which 20.57 square miles (53.28 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) is water.
The Black River flows through Elyria.
According to the 2020 United States census, Elyria had a population of 52,656. Of which, 69.6% were non-hispanic White, 14.0% were non-hispanic Black, 8.3% were Hispanic/Latino, 0.8% were Asian, 7.3% mixed or other.
As of the census of 2010, there were 54,533 people, 22,400 households, and 14,093 families living in the city. The population density was 2,651.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,023.6/km2). There were 25,085 housing units at an average density of 1,219.5 per square mile (470.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.1% White, 15.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.
There were 22,400 households, of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.1% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age in the city was 38.1 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 55,953 people, 22,409 households, and 14,834 families living in the city. The population density was 2,813.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,086.4/km2). There were 23,841 housing units at an average density of 1,198.9 per square mile (462.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.3% White, 14.2% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 2.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.78% of the population.
There were 22,409 households, out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,156, and the median income for a family was $45,846. Males had a median income of $34,898 versus $24,027 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,344. About 9.5% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2021, Elyria is home to the headquarters of Invacare, Ridge Tool Company, Diamond Products, and EMC Precision Machining. Riddell and Bendix previously operated a factory in Elyria. Elyria Plating Corporation has been in the same location since 1937.
According to the city's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city were:
|1||UH Elyria Medical Center||1,934|
|3||Lorain County Community College||1,609|
|4||Elyria City School District||971|
|5||Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC||747|
|8||City of Elyria||461|
|10||Parker Hannifin Corporation||349|
Parks and recreation
Elyria has a large number of parks and recreational centers that include a variety of activities such as baseball and playground equipment. The four recreational centers are named after their locations: North, East, South, and West. They each include one or more baseball fields and at least two tennis courts.
There are two main parks, Cascade and Elywood, which are connected by an elevated pedestrian bridge in the center.
Cascade Park is the largest and most popular park in Elyria. The park is located in a ravine carved by the same glaciers that created the Great Lakes. Cascade park has a large playground and a large hill that was previously used for seating at the 4th of July fireworks show, and was a popular spot for sledding during winter months. The park is centered along the Black River.
The park used to have three captive black bears, held in cages attached to a rock. Bears were featured in the park from 1920 to 1980.
The Lorain County Metro Parks took over control of Cascade Park in late 2014, and has unveiled a master plan project throughout 2018 to restore the park for better and safer use, as well as maintain the park.
Elyria's schools including Elyria High School. The Elyria City Schools district consisted at one time two high schools, five junior high schools, nine elementary schools, and one kindergarten school. Elyria is also home to Elyria Catholic High School. In 2010 Elyria High School was torn down for plans to build a new one. The building was fully completed during the 2012–2013 school year. Elyria is also home to the Open Door Christian School.
The general airport for Elyria and Lorain is the Lorain County Regional Airport (located in New Russia Township), and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is the nearest major airport. The Elyria Amtrak Station provides train transportation. Greyhound bus service is also available in the city.
Elyria is served by University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.
- Sherwood Anderson, writer, lived here as business owner in early 1900s before abandoning it in 1912
- Wayne Barlow, composer (1912–1996)
- Alonzo Barnard (1817–1905), Presbyterian missionary and abolitionist
- Tianna Bartoletta, track and field athlete (2005 and 2015 World Championship long jump gold medalist, 2012 and 2016 Olympic 4x100 relay gold medalist, 2016 long jump gold medalist)
- Dwight Boyer, maritime reporter and historical journalist
- Keefe Brasselle, actor, title role of 1953 movie The Eddie Cantor Story
- Joseph M. Bryan, insurance executive and philanthropist
- Thelma Drake, politician
- Lynn Evans of The Chordettes
- Arthur Lovett Garford, padded bicycle seat inventor and automobile manufacturer
- Doug Gillard, musician and songwriter, lead guitarist for Guided by Voices
- Vic Janowicz, former baseball and football player, 1950 Heisman Trophy winner
- Tony Curcillo, First Ohio State University quarterback under Woody Hayes, NFL player (Chicago Cardinals), CFL player (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
- Herbert Fisk Johnson Sr., CEO of S. C. Johnson & Son
- Samuel Curtis Johnson Sr., founder of S. C. Johnson & Son
- Anodea Judith, author, therapist, public speaker and expert on Chakra system
- James Kirkwood Jr., playwright, author and actor, lived here during childhood; won Tony Award for book of A Chorus Line
- Eric Lauer, baseball player
- Lila Lee (1905–1973), actress from silent era; buried in Brookdale Cemetery in Elyria
- Robert Edwin Lee, playwright and lyricist
- Brianne McLaughlin, attended Elyria Catholic High School, ice hockey goaltender, Olympic medal winner (2010 and 2014)
- Les Miles, former LSU Tigers head football coach
- Haruki Nakamura, professional football player
- Danny Noble, professional football player for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Dav Pilkey, author of children's books
- Tim Rattay, professional football player
- Clayton Rawson, mystery writer, editor, and amateur magician
- Charles Roser, real estate developer: developed Roser Park and Anna Maria, businessman and philanthropist.
- Gary R. Stevenson, sports media executive
- Chad Szeliga, drummer for Breaking Benjamin
- Textbeak, DJ and record producer
- Steve Tovar, professional football player
- Charles Vinci Jr., weightlifter, Olympic champion in 1956
- Mark Winger, convicted murderer
- Victoria Wells Wulsin, born in town, became doctor and international epidemiologist
- Norma Jean Wright, former lead singer for band Chic
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Train Station – Platform only (no shelter), Elyria is famous for its charming central square and popular Apple Festival.
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40 East Ave, Elyria, OH 44035 (800) 231-2222
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