Oberlin, OH
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Oberlin is a somewhat small city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 8,350 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Oberlin is the 197th largest community in Ohio. Much of the housing stock in Oberlin was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Oberlin is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oberlin is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oberlin who work in teaching (20.07%), food service (13.19%), and office and administrative support (11.20%).

Of important note, Oberlin is also a city of artists. Oberlin has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Oberlin’s character.

Oberlin is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Oberlin area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Oberlin maintain a good economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Oberlin spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.42 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Oberlin citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.96% of adults in Oberlin have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Oberlin in 2010 was $20,259, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,036 for a family of four. However, Oberlin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oberlin is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oberlin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oberlin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Oberlin include English, Irish, Polish, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in Oberlin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and African languages.