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Mentor, Ohio
—  City  —
Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light, Mentor, Ohio viewed from the Mentor Headlands Beach State Park
Nickname(s): None
Motto: It's Simple Economics
Location of Mentor, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°41′28″N 81°20′31″W / 41.69111°N 81.34194°W / 41.69111; -81.34194Coordinates: 41°41′28″N 81°20′31″W / 41.69111°N 81.34194°W / 41.69111; -81.34194
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lake
 - Total 28.1 sq mi (72.7 km2)
 - Land 26.8 sq mi (69.3 km2)
 - Water 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
Elevation [1] 692 ft (211 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 50,278
 Density 1,878.2/sq mi (725.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 44060-44061
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-49056[2]
GNIS feature ID 1085475[1]

Mentor is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States. Mentor was first settled in 1797. The population was 50,278 at the 2000 census. In July 2006, ranked Mentor 68th in a list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. Justin Rusnak, notable Mentor alum of 2000, regards Mentor to be the greatest city he's ever known and is quoted as saying, "Well, you could do a lot worse."

In 1876 James A. Garfield purchased a home in Mentor, from which he conducted the first successful front porch campaign for the presidency. A little known fact is that Garfield coined the term 'Mentorite' when referring to a native of Mentor. That home is now maintained as the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. The city is home to Headlands Beach State Park, the longest natural beach on Lake Erie.

Mentor is a diverse community with industry, [gay people /attractions/ Attractions] from the official city website</ref> Many bike paths have been built in recent years. The city is a major center of retail stores and restaurants in the Greater Cleveland area. US 20 (Mentor Avenue) is the major retail center, which includes the Great Lakes Mall, with additional shopping and strip malls found along most major roads.

Befitting its large population, Mentor has one of the larger school systems in Ohio, with 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, and Mentor High School. Like many school systems in Ohio, Mentor Schools suffered a financial crisis in the early 2000s, but passed a large levy and is now largely on solid footing[3] - one of the fastest Ohio school systems ever to emerge from fiscal emergency[citation needed].

City government is based on a city manager executive appointed by city council. The city encourages development of light industry, which is reflected in its diverse economy and very low property taxes. The city discourages heavy industry, due to the pollution and general malaise that this type of industry can cause.

The pronunciation of the city's name is something of a shibboleth, with most residents pronouncing it as "men-ner" and outsiders using the more conventional "men-tore", while in the media, "men-ter" is prominent.[4][5] The city's slogan, "It's better in Mentor," reflects this fact.

Mentor is named after the Greek figure Mentor, in keeping with the Connecticut Western Reserve settlers' tradition, as well as that of most other Americans at the time, of celebrating aspects of Greek classicism (nearby Solon, Macedonia, Euclid, and Akron also were named using that principle).[6]



Mentor is located at 41°41′28″N 81°20′31″W / 41.69111°N 81.34194°W / 41.69111; -81.34194 (41.691245, -81.341955)[7]. It is a far eastern suburb Cleveland OH and is located on the south shore of Lake Erie.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.1 square miles (72.7 km²), of which, 26.8 square miles (69.3 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it (4.67%) is water.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 410
1880 540 31.7%
1890 502 −7.0%
1900 624 24.3%
1910 732 17.3%
1920 851 16.3%
1930 1,589 86.7%
1940 1,827 15.0%
1950 2,383 30.4%
1960 4,354 82.7%
1970 36,912 747.8%
1980 41,903 13.5%
1990 47,358 13.0%
2000 50,278 6.2%
Est. 2008 51,825 3.1%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 50,278 people, 18,797 households, and 14,229 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,878.2 people per square mile (725.2/km²). There were 19,301 housing units at an average density of 721.0/sq mi (278.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.30% Caucasian, 0.64% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population. 19.8% were of German, 15.1% Italian, 13.1% Irish, 8.8% English, 6.5% Polish, 5.5% Slovene and 5.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000. Also there are Jewish people.

There were 18,797 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $57,230, and the median income for a family was $65,322. Males had a median income of $44,021 versus $31,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,592. About 1.8% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

City Council

  • Robert M. Shiner, President
  • Ron Micchia, Vice-President
  • Ray Kirchner, at-large
  • Scott J. Marn, at-large
  • Carolyn P. Bucey, ward 2
  • Ed Walsh, ward 3
  • Lou Aliberti, ward 4 (Appointed by Council, not elected by the people)


  • Elementary Schools:
Bellflower Elementary
Brentmoor Elementary
Fairfax Elementary
James A. Garfield Elementary
Headlands Elementary
Hopkins Elementary
Lake Elementary
Sterling Morton Elementary
Orchard Hollow Elementary
Dale R. Rice Elementary
Reynolds Elementary (closed since 2005)
  • Middle Schools:
Memorial Middle School
Ridge Middle School
Shore Middle School
  • High Schools:
Mentor High School
  • Private Schools:
Lake Catholic High School
Mentor Christian School (K-12)
St.Marys Mentor (K-8)
Mentor Heritage Christian Academy (K-12)


  • Baptist:
Mentor Baptist Church
  • Catholic:
St. Bede the Venerable
St. Gabriel
St. Mary of the Assumption
St. John Vianney
  • Discordian:
Church of St. Gulik
  • Jewish:
Temple Am Shalom
  • Lutheran:
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Advent Lutheran
Faith Lutheran Church
  • Methodist:
Mentor United Methodist
Mentor Plains United Methodist
  • Non-Denominational
Grace Church of Mentor


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Scott, Mark (2005-02-04). "Release by state bittersweet". Lake County News-Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ A Pronunciation Guide to places in Ohio (E.W.Scripps School of Journalism)
  5. ^ Feran, Tom (2004-02-06). "If men are on lake, they aren’t from here". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  6. ^ Living in Mentor: History: Introduction (from the official city website)
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading

  • Habinski, Janice Anthony; Ronald L. Prosek (1988). Mentor – a retrospective. Mentor, Ohio: Old Mentor Foundation. 
  • Kapsch, Joan; Sue Muehlhauser; Kathie Pohl (1997). Mentor: The First 200 Years. Mentor, Ohio: Mentor Bicentennial Committee/Old Mentor Foundation. 

External links

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