Oberlin is a somewhat small city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 8,199 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Oberlin is the 197th largest community in Ohio. Oberlin has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Oberlin is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oberlin is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oberlin who work in teaching (19.07%), office and administrative support (17.47%), and food service (9.83%).
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.
Oberlin is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Oberlin to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
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 15.57 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.
If knowledge is power, Oberlin is a pretty powerful place. 53.29% of the adults in Oberlin have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Oberlin in 2018 was $22,314, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,256 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.