Lorain County is a large and lively county in northeastern Ohio along the southern shore of Lake Erie. With a total area of 923 square miles, Lorain County is the fourth-largest county in Ohio by total area. The county is composed of 18 townships containing nine cities, seven villages, and 13 communities. The county seat is Elyria, which serves as the center for activity and government for Lorain County. The county is located directly west of Cuyahoga County, of which Cleveland is the county seat and largest city. In fact, Lorain County is considered part of the Cleveland-Elyria Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Lorain County was established in 1822, formed from portions of several adjacent counties, and became judicially independent in 1824. The original proposed name of the county was “Colerain” and was instead named Lorain, which has no intended connection to Alsace-Lorraine in France, as many have theorized. This history-rich region is home to Amherst, which has a stunning renowned collection of sandstone quarries. Residents of Lorain County enjoy water activities at Lake Erie, which is situated along the northern border of the county. Many visit Elyria for its many attractions, including restaurants, shops, and parks, and Cascade Park, the largest and most popular park in the city.
The county is home to 20 public school districts and a variety of private schools, providing plenty of options for education. Additionally, there are several institutions for higher learning in Lorain County, including Oberlin College, Lorain County Community College, and Ohio Business College. Healthcare facilities in Lorain County include University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, Mercy Regional Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, and more.