Fairport Harbor, Ohio

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Fairport Harbor is a village in Lake County, Ohio, United States, along Lake Erie at the mouth of the Grand River. The population was 3,180 at the 2000 census.

Fairport Harbor is home to two lighthouses: the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light in Painesville Township, operated by the United States Coast Guard and the Grand River (Fairport Harbor) Light operated by the Fairport Harbor Historical Society. It is also the home of the Finnish Heritage Museum.



Fairport Harbor is located at 41°45′1″N 81°16′24″W / 41.75028°N 81.27333°W / 41.75028; -81.27333 (41.750302, -81.273198),[3] within Painesville Township.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (7.14%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,180 people, 1,404 households, and 839 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,052.2 people per square mile (1,180.6/km²). There were 1,546 housing units at an average density of 1,483.8/sq mi (574.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.96% White, 0.57% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.38% of the population. 15.9% were of German, 12.3% Finnish, 11.5% Hungarian, 11.2% Irish, 9.3% Italian and 5.2% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.5% spoke English, 2.4% Finnish and 2.1% Hungarian as their first language.

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