Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina

Cuyahoga County is one of the most populous urban counties in Ohio with a population of 1,275,709 (2009). The county is named after the Native American word Cuyahoga, which means "crooked river." The name is also assigned to the Cuyahoga River, which bisects the county and runs through downtown Cleveland. The county was the birthplace of notables including former U.S. President James A. Garfield and current Iron Chef Michael Symon.

Lorain County, home of Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College, has a population of 305,707 (2009). Named by early settler Heman Ely for the French province of Lorraine, its county seat is Elyria and its largest community is the Lake Erie port city of Lorain.

Medina County, established in 1812, has a population of 174,035 (2009). Its county seat is Medina, and it is named for Medina in Saudi Arabia, though the "I" in it is pronounced instead to rhyme with "dine." Medina County is currently one of the top ten fastest growing counties in Ohio. Among its signature events—Buzzard Day in Hinckley marks the return of the buzzards for the summer season and they always show up.

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