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During the twentieth century, Elyria continued to grow. In 2000, the county seat was Lorain County's second largest city, with a population of 55,953 residents. Lorain was the county's largest city, exceeding Elyria's population by approximately thirteen thousand people. One of the primary reasons for this growth was Elyria's and Lorain County's proximity to Cleveland, Ohio, in neighboring Cuyahoga County. Many Cleveland residents have sought to escape the busyness of the larger city by moving to the less congested Lorain County. Numerous Elyria residents commute to Cleveland to work.