Lodi, Ohio

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Lodi is a village in Medina County, Ohio, United States. The population was 3,061 at the 2000 census.



Founded in 1811, Lodi is the oldest settlement in Medina County. It was originally called Harrisville, in honor of the family that founded it. It was later renamed to Lodi, the Indian chief who lived nearby; to prevent confusion with another village in Ohio. Ainsworth Street, part of the 'Downtown Circle', is named after Chief Lodi's Daughter.


An early pioneer named Redfield (after whom Redfield Street is named) sculpted the modern route to Medina through trees. It was later deemed too curvy, so the first governmental road through the region was straightened. In later years, this road became U.S. Route 42.

Lodi is the western endpoint of Interstate 76, where the road terminates at its junction with Interstate 71.

Lodi hosts the annual Sweet Corn Festival in the middle of July. This three-day-long event begins with a large parade through the town square. Other attractions include fair food, amusement rides, and a popular tug-of-war.


Lodi is located at 41°1′59″N 82°0′42″W / 41.03306°N 82.01167°W / 41.03306; -82.01167 (41.033059, -82.011774)[3], along the East Fork of the Black River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it is land and 0.47% is water.

The East Fork of the Black River enters the Village from the north and turns back north to empty into Lake Erie. This happens because Lodi is on the north south continential divide. Rain water runs off in either a northernly direction to Lake Erie or a southernly direction to the Ohio River.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,061 people, 1,274 households, and 789 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,444.5 people per square mile (557.5/km²). There were 1,341 housing units at an average density of 632.8/sq mi (244.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.50% White, 0.03% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

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