The city of North Ridgeville was founded in 1810 by German and English settlers coming from Connecticut seeking the availability of land in the Western Reserve.
The high sandy ridges of land that traversed the area are thought to be former beach ridges left by the receding waters of the body of water now known as Lake Erie which is thought to have been 9 miles inland, millions of years ago during the glacial age.
Besides being ideal for a rural, farming community to thrive, the high, beach ridges were formerly used as transportation trails by the area’s native American Indians. Today, they comprise the city’s major transportation thoroughfares.
Farms, saw and grist mills as well as a chair factory were the earliest industries in the community. With more than the required 5000 residents in 1960, the entire 25 square mile township area was incorporated as a city, making it the largest community area-wide in Lorain County. Today, North Ridgeville is no longer considered a rural community since much of the farmland is being developed into housing subdivisions. With nearly 30,000 residents, the city is one of the fastest growing residential communities in northeast Ohio.
About Our Community
"Growing Towards The Future!"
According to the 2010 census, North Ridgeville is a community of 29,465 residents located on the eastern side of Lorain County, adjoining the Cleveland Metropolitan Area of Cuyahoga County. North Ridgeville is the largest city in land area and third largest in population in the county. The entire 25 square mile township was incorporated as a village in 1958 and as a city in 1960. North Ridgeville is a relatively young city with a residential character.
Founded in 1810 by German and English settlers, the area was named for the five lake ridges that divide the community running parallel to Lake Erie, nine miles to the north. These ridges were thought to be former beach lines left by receding waters of what is now known as Lake Erie.
The first industries here included saw and grist mills as well as chair and cheese factories. Farming was a way of life that became more important and productive as the lands were cleared, and the availability of rich, sandy soil was put to good use. As a result of the soil conditions and the more moderate Cleveland weather, North Ridgeville was a major horticultural area. Historically, the area was known as "Ohio's Greenhouse Capital". Today, the city has been transformed into a suburban city with considerable residential housing developments rather than a rural community.
Parks & Recreation
The city parks and the Lorain County Metro Parks also serve to unite the residents
of this community. The most popular park within the city is South Central Park which
features fishing, hiking, volleyball, tennis, and more. The 38 acre Shady Drive
Recreation Complex houses 13 baseball diamonds with 2 lighted fields and 4 T-ball
fields that are used by a variety of city-sponsored sports leagues.
The hidden jewel within North Ridgeville is the Sandy Ridge Reservation which is part of the Lorain County Metro Parks system. The reservation is 310 acres of wetland and nature preserve, divided almost equally among forest, marshland, and meadow. A favorite of naturalists and bird watchers, Sandy Ridge has over 100 species of birds on its breeding list. So bring your binoculars!
The North Ridgeville Branch Library opened in its current 27,500 square foot location in 2003. The Library provides 36 public Internet access computers, an interactive children’s area, free WiFi, drive-up return slots and pick-up window, public meeting rooms, a computer training lab, and a separate quiet reading room. The Library provides over 90,000 materials for loan, including books, magazines, newspapers, movies, music CDs and audio-books plus story programs and beginning level computer classes. Free downloadable e-books are available from
the library’s website. Check current hours and other information about upcoming library programs at www.lorainpubliclibrary.org. Follow Lorain Public Library on Facebook and Twitter. This facility isstate of the art and used by residents of all ages!
Highway Access & Industrial Parks
With abundant land availability, there are 1,200 acres which are zoned as industrial. What makes North Ridgeville inviting to many types of businesses is its access to the major highway and transportation systems. The city has immediate entrances to I-480 and the Ohio Turnpike (I-80 and exits 151 and 152) and is only 15 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Also, I-90 is accessible 5-miles to the north via State Route 83.