With strong neighborhood involvement, quality public schools, and great city services, North Olmsted is proud of its history and optimistic about its future progress.
North Olmsted is situated towards the southeastern edge of Lake Erie, west of Cleveland, Ohio. With a population of over 33,000, this city is ranked as the 8th most populated area within Cuyahoga County.
Statistics and statewide rankings of public schools, housing options, family-friendliness, and more make North Olmsted one of the top places to live in Ohio. Crime rates are extremely low compared to the national average, and the local government works hard to make sure residents feel safe and well-represented.
North Olmsted has a number of amenities that the community is invited to enjoy. With a suburban feel to the city, many restaurants, and a number of local parks to explore, North Olmsted attracts young professionals, families, and retired residents alike.
North Olmsted’s population is divided up into 49% of residents being male and 51% being female. The median age is 45 years.
The average household size of North Olmsted residences is 2.4 people, and the estimated median household income comes in at over $63K. Unemployment rates are consistently lower than Ohio’s average.
As for ethnic background, North Olmsted’s population is comprised of 88.1% white, 3.7% Hispanic, 3.4% Asian, 2.3% black, 1.7% biracial, and 0.1% Native American residents. Less than 10% of of North Olmsted residents are immigrants, which is further broken down into 3.6% being from Europe and 3.4% being from Asia.
The land North Olmsted now calls its own was originally a part of a French Colony of Canada, at the time called New France. In 1763, this land was ceded to Great Britain.
The land traded hands again in the late 18th century, when the area was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company. Later, the land was sold to Aaron Olmsted. The land was named after Olmsted, a rich sea captain, and the area’s first settler was Olmsted’s son, David Olmsted.
The small community of farms and small businesses had a population boom after World War II, when soldiers returned to the United States. In the 1960’s, the town expanded to accommodate its growing population.
The city is proud of its history, and three locations are registered on the National Register of Historic Places: the First Universalist Church, Old Town Hall, and Fort Hill.
Today, North Olmsted stands as a testament to more than two centuries of progress and advancement.
Generally, the climate in North Olmsted is less temperate than in most cities in Ohio. Cold temperatures are felt in the area for about half of the year. There are approximately 110 days per year when the nighttime low falls below freezing. January has the coldest nighttime temperatures with an average of 20.8°F.
The most pleasant months are June, August, and September – when the temperatures are mild and just perfect for a day in the park, shopping, entertainment, and other exciting activities to fill a sunny day.
Rain falls throughout the year in the city, with an annual average rainfall of 39.3 inches. December is the rainiest month with an estimated 14 days of rain. North Olmsted is also among the snowiest places in Ohio, with an annual snowfall of 52.9 inches.
Tornados are a regular occurrence in Ohio, and North Olmsted has a high chance of tornados of varying magnitudes.
For reference, out of 4,300 considerable weather events that occurred within North Olmsted between 1950 to 2010, over 2,100 were serious thunderstorms and wind storms. Hail and ice storms account for about 1,200 other instances. Another 520 critical weather events were floods, 2 were blizzards, and over 300 other events were serious winter storms.
Although North Olmsted is located farther inland from Lake Erie’s shore than other neighboring cities, residents still are on guard against flash flooding.
Commuter Travel Behavior
The mean travel time for residents over the age of 25 is 23 minutes, and Interstate 480 runs throughout North Olmsted’s southeast side of town.
Further southeast, just outside of the city’s boundaries, Interstate 480 connects with Interstate 80, another major roadway that grants access to the greater Ohio area. To the northeast, Interstate 480 connects with Interstate 71, which branches northeast to Cleveland, Ohio and leads south.
The drive to Cleveland, Ohio from North Olmsted takes about a half hour, and the drive to Lake Erie would only take around 15 minutes. Additionally, the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is only 10-15 minutes to the east.
With a total crime rate per 1,000 residents of 13.10, North Olmsted can be considered safer than 48% of other cities and towns in the country.
The violent crime rate per 1,000 residents in the city is 0.44, and the property crime rate per 1,000 residents is 12.66. In Ohio, the odds of being a victim of a violent crime are 1 in 357. Meanwhile, the chances of being a victim in North Olmsted are 1 in 2,257.
North Olmsted neighborhoods situated southwest of Lorain Road have the most attractive safety statistics. Additionally, southeastern neighborhoods near Brook Park have higher crime rates.
As North Olmsted’s legislative branch, the City Council overall acts as a liaison between residents and government administration. The council convenes each month at 8PM in City Hall on the first and third Tuesday. Terms last for four years, and members consist of an elected president of the council, four Ward council members, and three at large members.
North Olmsted Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the advancement of local businesses through events, networking, and advertising opportunities.
To give back to the community, the Chamber has an educational scholarship fund and charity events.
To help businesses get the most out of their membership, the chamber encourages participation and offers multiple ways to promote businesses.
North Olmsted’s mayor acts as the chief executive officer of the city. The mayor is elected at-large and oversees the city’s affairs and administration. With a four year term in office, the mayor begins their term on January 1st following their election.
North Olmsted is the 48th largest city in Ohio with 31,888 people living in the area. The city’s population has decreased by 2.83% since 2010 and is declining at a rate of 0.4% annually.
49% of the city’s residents are male, and 51% are female. The median age is 45 years. Nearly 24% of the total population is aged 35 to 54 years, and 20% is aged 65 years and over.
Spanning over 12 miles, North Olmsted has a population density of 2,676 people per square mile.
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White residents make up approximately 92% of North Olmsted’s total population. This is followed by 2.9% of Asian residents, and 2.7% of African-American residents. An estimated 2.6% is made up of two or more ethnicities or races. Most of the residents in the city also have Italian, English, German, Polish, and Irish descent.
84.7% of North Olmsted’s residents speak only English, and 5.5% speak Arabic. 3.1% of the city’s population speaks other Indo European languages.
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North Olmsted is home to seven top-ranking public elementary schools, one public middle school, and one public high school.
Approximately 61% of adults in the area have attained education beyond the high school level, with 22% earning a college degree.
92.4% of adults aged 25 and over are high school graduates. Nearly 5,000 or 30.6% of adults in the city have associate or bachelor’s degrees, while an estimated 2,324 or 10% of adults have graduate degrees.
Only an estimated 1,900 or 8% of residents aged 25 and over had not graduated from high school.
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North Olmsted City School District is known for having high academic standards, experienced and extremely qualified teachers, and a focus on college prep. This school district services over 3,800 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. On average, the student-teacher ratio is 18-1.
Out of 608 Ohio schools and districts, Niche.com ranks North Olmsted in the top bracket in terms of teachers alone, and North Olmsted’s diversity ranks among the top 20% of school districts across the nation.
There are 6 elementary schools in this school district, including Spruce Elementary, Forest Elementary, Birch Elementary, Chestnut Elementary, and Pine Elementary. The local middle school is named North Olmsted Middle School, and North Olmsted High School serves students 9-12th grade.
This school district makes a name for itself on the statewide level for overall excellence, and the district prides itself in meeting the specific needs of each and every student.
North Olmsted’s real estate annual appreciation rate is typically above 80% of other Ohio cities. North Olmsted is ranked as one of the top appreciating communities across the United States, which indicates a strong possibility that North Olmsted’s real estate market will continue to strengthen.
Between 2009-2019, the cumulative appreciation rate was 18.43%, which breaks down into an annual average appreciation rate of 1.71%. Between October 2018 and October 2019, appreciation rates per quarter were at 2.50%, which equals out to an annual appreciation rate of around 10.38%, meaning that short-term real estate investors made solid gains.
The median list price per square foot has improved from a low of $76 in March 2016 to $103 in September 2019, an all-time high. Homes typically sell in less than 2 months, and only 4.6% of homes have negative equity, which is almost half of the US average of 8.2%.
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Of the 13,000 residences in North Olmsted, housing options are mostly comprised of single-family homes, seeing as 68.4% of properties are this type of residence. 23.1% of buildings are apartment complexes, 1.8% are smaller apartment buildings, and 6.6% are condominiums.
The majority of housing options at 39.7% are 3 bedroom properties. 25.2% are 2 bedroom properties, 23.2% have 4 bedrooms, and 8.1% have 1 bedroom. 72.8% of residents own their homes, whereas 27.2% prefer to rent, and 6.1% of properties are vacant.
Of owner-occupied housing options, 62% are larger than the average property size in America. Only 4% of residences were built in 2000 or later. 57% of North Olmsted housing options were built between 1940-1969, mirroring the rapid population growth during this time period. 33.9% of properties were built from 1970-1999, and 5.1% of properties are historical, being built in 1939 or earlier.
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North Olmsted enjoys a relatively stable economy. The city has an unemployment rate of 4.4%, which is above the national unemployment rate of 3.7%. The job market in the area has increased by 1% since 2019. Job growth over the next ten years is predicted to reach 24.5%.
North Olmsted has a mixed workforce of both white and blue-collar jobs. Most of the residents in the city work in sales jobs, office and administrative support, and management occupations.
The median household income in North Olmsted is $63,701. This is approximately 9.5% higher than the US average of $53,482 a year.
The average income of a North Olmsted resident is $58,368 per year. This is 51% higher than the US average of $28,555 a year. The per capita income in the area is $32,129
The overall poverty rate in the city is 8.2%.
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Cost of Living
North Olmsted has a lower cost of living than Ohio, and on a larger level, many parts of the country.
Based on a US average of 100, North Olmsted’s housing costs track favorably near 73. Because housing is the main factor that determines affordability, this comparison is especially notable.
Healthcare is also more affordable in North Olmsted compared with statewide trends. Utility expenses are ranked near 95 compared to the US average of 100, which means utilities in North Olmsted are only slightly under the national average.
However, transportation costs in North Olmsted do run higher than the statewide average, as do grocery expenses.
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North Olmsted can be broken down into 13 neighborhoods, which include Deerfield, Fairview Park, Little Clauge, Lorian Road, Mastick Road, Roman Gardens, Timber Trails, and Woodscape to name a few.
North Olmsted’s most expensive part of town is found between Dover Center Road and Blossom Boulevard, a northwestern section of North Olmsted. The median real estate price in this neighborhood is a whopping $213K.
The second most expensive stretch of town is from Lorain Road to Barton Road, with the median real estate price being $205K.
Meanwhile, the area within Columbia Road to Gessner Road is the second most affordable, seeing as the median real estate price is $154K.
The most affordable properties are located in the northernmost section of town, from Maple Ridge Road to Clague Road. Here, the median real estate price is $150K.
No matter the neighborhood residents call home, those who live in North Olmsted are a part of a thriving community.