Oberlin : Ohio


What It Is Like to Retire in Oberlin

Oberlin College is the distinguishing feature of the small town of Oberlin in northern Ohio, just a few miles from Cleveland. The population is just over 8,000.  Oberlin College and conservatory has 3,000 students and is one of several elite colleges located in Ohio. The city has a long history as a progressive community. It is considered the birthplace of the Anti-Saloon League as well as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Photo of the downtown courtesy of Wikipedia and Weatherman1126(public domain), Photo of Tappan Square, a public park and National Historic Landmark at the center Oberlin, and Severnance HalI on Oberlin College campus, courtesy of Wikipedia and Daderot (public domain).

Where to Retire in Oberlin and Home Prices

There is an active adult community associated with Oberlin College (see link at left).  Zillow reports the median home value to be $178,693 in mid-2021.


What Is Special about Oberlin

Oberlin College and its Conservatory make this a very interesting place to live. It is a small college town with a lot going on, plus proximity to Lake Erie and Cleveland's many attractions.  It is part of the The North Coast Inland Trail for biking and hiking.


What Is Not Special about Oberlin

Winters are cold.

Who Will Like Retirement in Oberlin

People who want to live in a liberal college town environment in Ohio will find Oberlin to be their cup of tea.

Local Economy Is Driven by

The college and the FAA are the largest employers.

Climate and Physical Environment

Oberlin is 31 miles south and west of Cleveland. January average temperature is in the mid 20's and the average July temperature is about 70. Humidity is about average.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Like most college towns there are some interesting restaurants to choose from.  The Oberlin Heritage Center celebrates the history of the town and its people. The historic Apollo Theater is now owned by the college. It has had several renovations but remains a single screen theater.  The Conservatory of Music is located on the college campus. Students and residents benefit from over 500 performances yearly, most free of charge, with concerts and recitals almost daily.  The Allen Memorial Art Museum is associated with the college.  The college also hosts plays throughout the academic year.


The crime rate is about half the national average.

Medical Facilities

There is the Allen Community Hospital in town, plus many others in Cleveland.


There is one bus route in Oberlin. The North Coast Inland Trail is a paved bicycle and pedestrian path to Kipton and Elyria. The path is built on the former railroad right-of-way of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway.  Oberlin is a very walkable town. Cleveland obviously has a top notch airport on this side of town.


Valuable Links

Wikipedia page for Oberlin
Oberlin College

What people are saying about Oberlin

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