ABOUT Sheffield Lake
In the early 1800s, Sheffield Lake began as a part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. Early pioneer settlers hailing from New England put down the area’s agricultural roots, which have lasted throughout the centuries.
Permanent settlement efforts began in earnest between 1815 and 1824, when there were enough residents to officially form Sheffield Township. Multiple homes from this time are still standing today. During this period of time, the agricultural community expanded its interests into dairying and fishing thanks to nearby river settlements.
When 1920 rolled around, Sheffield Township was divided, which led to the creation of Sheffield Lake. Following the population boom Ohio experienced after World War II, Sheffield Lake became a city, but maintained its small-town atmosphere and tight-knit community. In the years following 1940, the population boomed ten times its previous size.
Today, Sheffield Lake is known for excellent transportation, an attractive location next to Lake Erie, and a peaceful atmosphere.
Out of around 9,000 residents, Sheffield Lake has a smaller community and a more friendly culture than other larger cities. The population breaks down gender-wise into 50.9% being male and 49.1% being female.
As for ethnic makeup, 85.8% of residents are white, while 10.6% are Hispanic. 2.4% are biracial or multiracial, and 0.6% are black. 0.2% of residents are Asian, while just 0.4% are Native American.
21.3% of Sheffield Lake’s population has a bachelor’s degree, and 5% have a graduate or professional degree. The estimated median household income is about $60K, and the unemployment rate is 4.2%.
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Sheffield Lake’s estimated annual average temperature is 50.3°F, which falls just under annual average temperatures for Ohio and the country. In other words, temperatures can dip pretty low in Sheffield Lake.
Winter brings average monthly temperatures of roughly 25°F. Spring months see average temperatures climb to the 55°F range. Meanwhile, summer months have temperatures stretch closer to 75°F, with July usually being the hottest month.
Sheffield Lake receives an average of about 37.31 inches of rain per year, and the city experiences roughly 80 rainy days annually. Sheffield Lake also has an average of about 35 inches of snow per year, with an average of 44 snowy days annually.
Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Sheffield Lake is most vulnerable to severe storms, hail storms, and ice.
The area has experienced extensive damage from coastal flooding, flash flooding, and riverine flooding. Streets and roadways get flooded, and there are utility outages and water supply shortages or interruptions during heavy rains.
Sheffield Lake has been working on improving drainage and utilities and infrastructure systems to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters.
Earthquake risks, meanwhile, are very low with only one earthquake occurring in the area since 1931. According to the USGS, there is only a 1.09% chance of a major earthquake within 50 kilometers of Sheffield Lake within the next 50 years.
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The mean commute time for those 25 years and up in Sheffield Lake is about 30 minutes.
Due to the city’s location, traveling to beaches along Lake Erie’s shore is a quick undertaking. Lake Road runs diagonally through Sheffield Lake on the city’s northern portion, which allows for fast access to neighboring lakeside cities.
Additionally, Sheffield Lake’s roadways connect to Interstate 90 south of the city, which allows residents to connect to other Interstates and frequented roadways.
Specifically, it takes about 40 minutes to reach Cleveland, Ohio by car, and a drive from Sheffield Lake to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will take about 35 minutes.
Sheffield Lake consistently ranks among the top 10 safest cities in Lorain County, Ohio.
Overall, the crime rates in the area are about 68% lower than the national average. Sheffield Lake is safer than about 65% of all cities in Ohio, and about 69% of cities in the U.S.
Violent crime rate in the city is 0.67 per 1,000 residents. This is about 82% lower than the national average.
Property crime, meanwhile, is more prevalent at a rate of 8 per 1,000 residents. This rate, however, is still 65% lower than the national average.
In 2018, the crime rate in Sheffield Lake decreased by about 14% from the 2017 figure.
Sheffield Lake, Ohio operates under a mayor-council form of government. Each elected member of the city council serves for a 4 year term.
In addition to the president of council, there are 3 city council members who are elected at-large. Additionally, there are 4 representatives for each city ward.
With around 600 members, the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the Cleveland area.
This chamber’s mission is to promote and protect local business communities in Lorain County. The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce emphasizes networking, education, and continued growth.
Sheffield Lake’s mayor is elected at-large to serve for a 4 year term which begins on January 1st following the election.
As both the city’s official and ceremonial leader, the mayor oversees municipal affairs, represents the unified community in governmental proceedings, and sits in on city council meetings on behalf of the city’s population.
Sheffield Lake Population 2020
In 2010, Sheffield Lake was home to an estimated 9,224 residents. In the following years, the population shrank. In 2018, the city’s population was reportedly 9,011. This data indicates the city’s annual growth rate averages at -0.34%, and the 10 year growth rate is reportedly -2.36.
A reported 4,331 residents are female, which equals around 48% of the city’s population. An estimated 4,680 Sheffield Lake residents are men, which equals 52% of the city’s population.
Sheffield Lake’s median resident age is 40. The majority of residents are between 35 and 54 years of age, with the next highest age range being 5-19 year olds.
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Sheffield Lake Diversity 2020
As is commonplace in this corner of Ohio, about 93.3% of residents are White. 4.7% residents are biracial or multiracial, which is a larger percentage than both Ohio’s average and the U.S. average. Another 1.2% of the city’s population is Black or African American.
96.6% of Sheffield Lake’s population only speaks English. An estimated 1.9% of residents speak Spanish. Meanwhile, 0.7% of residents speak either Russian, Polish, or another Slavic language.
1.6% of Sheffield Lake’s population was born outside of the U.S. Also, 26% of residents have German ancestry, 16.5% have Irish roots, and 12% of residents identify as Italian.
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Sheffield Lake Education 2020
There are 2 public elementary schools in Sheffield Lake, and other public educational campuses that serve higher grade levels are short commutes away for local students.
For reference, an estimated 91.7% of the city’s residents are high school graduates. 25.5% of Sheffield Lake residents who are 25 years of age and over have had some college education. Another 15.1% of residents over 25 years old have earned an associate’s degree.
An estimated 13.7% of Sheffield Lake residents have a bachelor’s degree, while 4.4% of residents have a higher degree or a professional degree.
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SCHOOLS IN Sheffield Lake
Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District is a school system that sees to the education of around 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District ranks in the top third portion of all 608 Ohio school systems for safety, teacher qualifications, and employment benefits. Out of the 5 campuses within this school district, all are well-rated, have impressive academic achievement records, and are known for solid overall quality.
Forestlawn Elementary School, Brookside Intermediate School, Knollwood Elementary School, Brookside Middle School, and Brookside High School are all public campuses within this district.
The average student-teacher ratio is 18 to 1, and Niche.com gives this district an overall B grade.With an average graduation rate of 92%, the vast majority of students rank well on standardized tests for reading and math.
Additionally, Sheffield Lake residents also are within short commuting distance of reputable private school campuses.
Sheffield Lake Housing 2020
Real estate in Sheffield Lake generally trends under the national average.
With a median home value of $133K, it’s no surprise that 55.2% of real estate in Sheffield Lake is priced between $117K-$234K. The second most common price range is $58K-$234K, seeing as 36.6% of properties are valued in this range. Additionally, 4.5% of properties are valued under $58K, while 2.7% of real estate is priced between $234K-$351K. Additionally, 0.9% of Sheffield Lake properties vary from $584K to $887K.
From October 2009 to October 2019, the average annual home appreciation rate fell below national averages, considering that the appreciation rate was only 0.56%. This rate is under 70% of neighborhoods across the United States.
From October 2018 to October 2019, trends shifted; the appreciation rate was 1.73%, which is still lower than most American cities. However, ongoing trends may lead to appreciation rates that annualize to 10.38%.
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Sheffield Lake Homes for Sale
There are about 3,500 housing options in the city. 27.7% of properties are rented, 72.4% of properties are owner-occupied, and 9.3% of housing stands vacant.
As is common in Ohio, the majority of residences are single family homes. Here, 81.8% of options are detached houses. Additionally, 14.7% of properties are apartment complexes, while 1.4% of properties are smaller apartment buildings.
To give an impression of how big residences tend to be in Sheffield Lake, 49.3% are 3 bedroom properties. Meanwhile, 22% have 4 bedrooms, and 18.2% have 2 bedrooms. Just 8.1% of properties have 1 bedroom.
As for age, the majority of properties at 49.9% were built between 1940-1969. 37.8% of housing options were constructed between 1970-1999, and 6.2% of properties were built in or before 1939. The remaining 6.1% of properties broke ground in 2000 or later years.
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Sheffield Lake Economy 2020
Sheffield Lake’s median household income nears $64K. The city’s per capita income is $29K, and the average salary in Sheffield Lake is $46K.
A little over 5% of the population makes under $15K per year. Almost 13% of residents make between $15K-$25K annually. 23% of residents make between $25K-$35K, and 24% earn between $35K-$50K. From there, 16.5% of Sheffield Lake’s population earns $50K-$65K annually, and 5.6% makes between $65K-$75K. Another 8% of the population earns between $75K-$100K, while 4.3% make over $100K annually.
The city’s unemployment rate tracks around 4.8%, and the overall poverty rate in Sheffield Lake is 4.1%.
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Cost of Living
Sheffield Lake is among the cities in the U.S. with a relatively low cost of living.
The cost of living in the area is about 2% higher than the Ohio average, and about 8% lower than the national average.
Housing prices in Sheffield Lake are among the most affordable in the Ohio area. With median home values of about $133,000, one can expect to pay for housing prices that are about 29% lower than the Ohio average.
The costs of groceries and healthcare, meanwhile, are about 6% higher than the national average. Transportation expenses are about 3% higher than the national average, while the costs of utilities are about 6% lower than the national average.
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Since Sheffield Lake consists of only 2.48 square miles, there are only 2 distinct neighborhoods to speak of. With Harris Road as the vertical divide, Sheffield Lake can be split into eastern and western neighborhoods.
The area west of Harris Road is the most expensive half of Sheffield Lake, considering that the median real estate price here is $133K. Even so, this number is more affordable than 51.1% of other Ohio neighborhoods and 73% of neighborhoods across the country.
Meanwhile, Sheffield Lake’s eastern portion is even more affordable, seeing as the median real estate price is $111K. This is less expensive than 63.1% of Ohio residential areas and 80.2% of cities and towns in the United States.
All in all, Sheffield Lake is a friendly city with a low cost of living. Although the neighborhoods may be small, they are peaceful and family-friendly.