|— City —|
|• Type||Council-Manager |
|• Mayor and President of Council||Daniel S. Pocek|
|• City Manager||Henry Angelo|
|• Total||5.40 sq mi (13.99 km2)|
|• Land||5.35 sq mi (13.86 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2) 0.93%|
|Elevation||948 ft (289 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||12,972|
|• Density||2,443.7/sq mi (943.5/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1060854|
Bedford is located at .
According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 5.40 square miles (14.0 km2), of which 5.35 square miles (13.9 km2) (or 99.07%) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 0.93%) is water.
1797 - Bedford Township is founded, and is part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. (Bedford Township existed as a government until 1951, when the city of Bedford Heights, the village of Oakwood, and the village of Walton Hills were established. The village of Maple Heights left Bedford Township in 1915.)
1816 - The Taylor Chair Company is established along Tinkers Creek, by Benjamin Franklin Fitch.
1837 - The village of Bedford is founded, and consists of what would be the geographic center of Bedford Township.
1861 - 1865 Bedford sends over 140 of its sons to fight in the Civil War.
1830s - 1890s - Industries spring up along Tinkers Creek, using the fast-flowing water as a source of power to operate numerous mills.
1870 - First Baptist Church is established on the Bedford Commons before moving to its present location in 1968 at the corner of Turney Road and West Glendale Avenue.
1890s - Bedford becomes a train isthmus for the railroad network. In 1889, the Bedford Depot for passengers awaiting trains is built.
1905 - A new Bedford Central High School is opened (now part of Central Primary School, it is one of the oldest continuously operating school buildings in the area)
1915 - The village of Maple Heights splits from Bedford Township, In 1932 Maple Heights achieves city status.
1921 - Saint Mary's Parish becomes Bedford's first Catholic parish.
1927 - The new Bedford Senior High School opens at the corner of Washington Street and Columbus Street to accommodate a growing student body. This would later be known as Moody High School, then later Moody Junior High School. It was demolished in the 1990s; the Bedford Southeast Public Library now occupies the site. It borders Tarbell Avenue, one of the oldest brick-paved streets in Ohio.
1928 - The Vincentian Sisters of Charity open their convent. Bedford Hospital established.
1930 - The 1,650-foot (500 m) Northfield Road Bridge opens for traffic.
1932 - The City of Bedford adopts a Council-Manager form of municipal government.
1952 - St. Pius X Parish established by the Marist Fathers.
1958 - Lumen Cordium opens.
1950s - The first car dealerships open on Broadway Avenue, creating the first Bedford Automile.
1951 - The villages of Bedford Heights and Oakwood are established, splitting off from Bedford Township. Bedford Heights achieves city status in 1961.
1958 - Bedford Senior High School, located at 481 Northfield Road, is opened.
1969 - The 10-story Willard House Apartment opens for residents.
1969-1971 - Bedford High expands, adding the North and South wings, expansion of the vocational wing, and addition of the Robert W. Wright Natatorium.
1971 - Elmer Flick dies at age 94 and is laid to rest in Bedford.
1980s - Northfield Road Bridge is renovated; rededicated on September 12, 1987, by Governor Richard F. Celeste; the events surrounding the re-opening of the bridge cap off Bedford's sesquicentennial celebration.
1988 - Lumen Cordium closes; all students transfer to St. Peter Chanel High School.
1994 - The Marist Fathers leave St. Peter Chanel High School; the school also breaks its football losing streak.
1994 - Bedford Bearcat Stadium is dedicated and opens during a weeklong schedule of activities. The Bearcats defeat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 4-0.
1995 - Target opens one of its first northeast Ohio stores in Bedford. It closed January 30, 2010.
2001 - St. Peter Chanel High School wins its first State Football Championship title.
2000s - The Automile shifts from Broadway to Rockside Roads.
2009 - Saint Mary's Parish closes in November 2009 due to Cleveland area Catholic Church downsizing. Merged with Saint Pius (Holy Trinity of Bedford Heights also closes in the three way merger; merged churches renamed Our Lady of Hope (Saint Wenseslas of Maple Heights merged previously several years before with Saint Pius).
2012 - Saint Mary won an appeal with the Catholic Church to reopen its doors in April 2012. Bedford once again has two Roman Catholic Churches.
2013 - St. Peter Chanel High School closes
The Automile 
The Bedford Automile began as a collection of car dealerships on Broadway Avenue. The first dealerships appeared in the 1950s. As the auto industry changed, more dealerships and makes and models appeared. This trend created a new Automile on Rockside Road.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,074 people, 6,265 households, and 3,346 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,443.7 inhabitants per square mile (943.5 /km2). There were 6,951 housing units at an average density of 1,299.3 per square mile (501.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 53.9% White, 41.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.
There were 6,265 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.2% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.6% were non-families. 41.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.83.
The median age in the city was 41.9 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.8% male and 54.2% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,214 people, 6,659 households, and 3,682 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,653.3 people per square mile (1,023.9/km2). There were 7,062 housing units at an average density of 1,318.2 per square mile (508.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.01% White, 17.63% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.
There were 6,659 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.1 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,943, and the median income for a family was $47,142. Males had a median income of $36,524 versus $27,851 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,076. About 5.5% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.
City officials 
- Mayor/President of Council: Daniel S. Pocek
- City Manager: Henry Angelo
- Council Ward One: Warner Batten
- Council Ward Two: Stan Koci
- Council Ward Three: Marilyn Zolata
- Council Ward Four: Paula Mizsak
- Council Ward Five: Greg Pozar
- Council Ward Six: Donald Saunders
Notable residents 
- Chris Chambers, football player for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Jimmy Coffin, Sideshow performer, Actor, Comedian
- Lou Diamond, military hero
- Mike Easler, former major league baseball player and coach
- Lee Evans, football player for the Buffalo Bills
- Elmer Flick, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
- Augustus Herman Pettibone, United States House of Representatives
- Tim Taylor, former longtime Cleveland-area newscaster and radio personality
- Archibald Willard, painter of The Spirit of '76
Surrounding communities 
||Maple Heights||Bedford Heights|
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