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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
Oberlin is a town in Ohio with a population of 8,299. Oberlin is in Lorain County and is one of the best places to live in Ohio. Living in Oberlin offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Oberlin there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Oberlin and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Oberlin are above average.
About Oberlin...
Population
8,299

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$152,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$801
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Oberlin Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    60.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    96.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    36.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    363.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,827.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    36.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    37%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Oberlin

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,609
National
$55,322

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I love the diversity of the college students in the town. Basically, I found that almost everything I read/heard/experienced about Oberlin was pretty amazing. The quality of academics aside - music pervades the atmosphere there, students love discussing and are very intellectual, and they are politically active. It also seems like a place where you can be whomever you want to be and be perfectly accepted. The atmosphere seems comfortable, intellectually nourishing, and homey (community feel). My interview was by far the most comfortable interview I've had. My interviewers and I had some fun conversations, laughed, and just talked - they didn't try to pry academic information from me or sell Oberlin. They just wanted to find out who I was, put a face to all those stats. They sent ME a thank you card, and then admission sent me a birthday card! More than any other school with the possible exception of Hampshire, I felt that Oberlin really cared about who I was as a person.
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If you're a liberal person, Oberlin is the town for you. I moved here the summer before my sophomore year of high school and immediately found that I fit in way better than I had anywhere else. It's a small town so there aren't endless things to do, but the college often has programs you can attend and the downtown area is lined with unique shops. The Ginkgo Gallery sometimes has kittens in the back that you can play with, which is definitely worth a visit.
I generally feel very safe here, particularly on the college campus, as do the considerable numbers of students who walk alone or in small groups at night. There are, however, (very) occasional reports of harassment or drug overdoses within the county. Rent is affordable, there are reasonably priced places to eat, and concerts are most often free. The culture of the college and that of the surrounding area, however, are almost entirely different. It makes for some interesting encounters.