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Painesville City is the county seat of Lake County, Ohio with roughly 20,300 residents according to the 2020 census.  Painesville City is currently the third largest city in the county behind Mentor (47,450) and Willoughby (23,595). When combined with the surrounding Painesville Township (16,950), Painesville has roughly 37,250 residents. 


Grand River (400), Concord Township (19,250) and Leroy Township (3,100) are also often considered part of the Painesville area because they share the Painesville zip code, 44077, and attend the Painesville Township school district. This makes the Painesville area roughly 60,000 residents strong. 


Microcosm of the United States

According to 2021 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Painesville City's 20,591 residents represent a microcosm or reflection of national numbers. We are a diverse and culturally rich community with a big city, small town feel.    

  • White, non-Hispanic 68.2%
  • Black, African-American 13.8%
  • Hispanic, Latino 25.0% 


Young at Heart

Painesville might be one of the oldest communities in the Western Reserve and State of Ohio, but that doesn't mean we're aging! In fact, as the rest of Lake County's population continues to grow older, Painesville is getting younger. Our median age is just 31, with young families and professionals finding the city's low cost of living and proximity to the lake, a perfect fit. 

  • Median Age in Painesville: 31 years old
  • 44.7% of the population in the 15-44 age bracket


Local Economy

Some of the nation’s most successful manufacturing and industrial leaders are located in Painesville, including Avery Dennison, Lubrizol, AeroControlex, Mar-Bal Corporation, Guyer Precision, and Eckart America.  


The largest employers in the city are manufactures, Lake County (government), healthcare and the public school systems (education). Lake Erie College also plays a role in the local economy with a fluctuating undergraduate student population around 1,200 and 17 NCAA varsity sport teams.  

*Source: American Community Survey (ACS 2019) 


Business or Investment Inquiries? Painesville's Economic Development Department has access to the latest CPD maps, income and housing data. Our staff can help pull demographic information for population, utilities, employment, largest employers, home values and more. Please reach out to 440-392-5795 or [email protected].

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