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. Oberlin has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Oberlin real estate is some of the most expensive in Ohio, although Oberlin house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Oberlin is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.42% 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 (22.55%), food service (13.26%), and office and administrative support (11.15%).

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 with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Oberlin to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

One of the benefits of Oberlin is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.04 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The citizens of Oberlin are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.30% of adults in Oberlin have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oberlin in 2010 was $22,139, which is middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $88,556 for a family of four. However, Oberlin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oberlin is an extremely 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 Italian.

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