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Oberlin, OH
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Living in Oberlin

Oberlin is a somewhat small city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 7,721 people and two associated neighborhoods, Oberlin is the 196th largest community in Ohio.

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.

Also of interest is that Oberlin has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.11% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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.

For a small city, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Oberlin. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Oberlin.

One of the benefits of Oberlin is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.33 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Oberlin, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Oberlin is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 53.94% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Oberlin in 2018 was $28,443, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,772 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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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

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