Geographically the smallest of Ohio’s counties, Lake County ranks 11th in population with 230,000 citizens. The county offers a highly skilled workforce, because quality education is a top priority, with teachers averaging the highest wages in the state. Home to Lake Erie College and Lakeland Community College, the county offers a wide range of educational opportunities.
Lake County’s economy is strong in both agriculture and manufacturing. It is well known for its nursery industry, which has an annual wholesale figure of more $90 million. The Lake County region is the largest winery district in Ohio and has vineyards that produce a variety of wines. Finally, Lake County is home to more than 600 manufacturers representing multiple sectors from machine shops to advanced manufacturing to bio-medical.
Traversed by I-90 and SR 2 Lake County has an excellent transportation network. Rail service is provided by both CSX and Norfolk and Southern Railways. Fairport Harbor and Grand River both operate commercial docks for Lake freighters. Lost Nation Airport in Willoughby provides two runways, jet capability, an FBO and AWOS III automated weather system located in the center of Lake County’s manufacturing community. Laketran operates 20 daily roundtrip commuter buses to Downtown Cleveland.
With 31 miles of Lake Erie shoreline and two rivers Lake County offers superb recreational opportunities. The Lake Metroparks system attracts more than two and a half million visitors a year to two golf courses, nearly 50 miles of trails and six parks with Lake Erie access.
Lake County boasts beautiful beaches at Fairport Harbor and Mentor Headlands and elsewhere. Lake Metroparks’ newest attraction at Lakeview Bluffs creates fantastic viewing opportunities for bird watchers. Fishing in both Lake Erie and on the Grand River is excellent, and Holden Arborteum offers 3,600 acres of curated gardens and natural spaces.
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