Historic house in Brecksville
Location of Brecksville in Ohio
Location of Brecksville in Cuyahoga County
|• Mayor||Jerry N. Hruby|
|• Total||19.68 sq mi (50.97 km2)|
|• Land||19.57 sq mi (50.69 km2)|
|• Water||0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)|
|Elevation||889 ft (271 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||13,536|
|• Density||697.8/sq mi (269.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1064483|
Brecksville is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and is an affluent suburb of Cleveland in the Northeast Ohio Region, the 15th largest Combined Statistical Area in the United States. The population was 13,656 at the 2010 census.
Brecksville is located at (41.309904, -81.628894).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.68 square miles (50.97 km2), of which, 19.57 square miles (50.69 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water. Brecksville's eastern border is traversed by the Cuyahoga River and borders Sagamore Hills Township and Boston Township, southern border Richfield Township (all three townships in Summit County), western border Broadview Heights and northern border Independence.
Brecksville’s wooded hills and ravines that lace the area help define its neighborhoods. As a result, every resident is close to natural beauty that has always been a hallmark of Brecksville living. Many neighborhoods are located next to the Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, one of the most visited National Parks in the country. Brecksville is unique among Cuyahoga County communities because one-third of the city is park land.
The Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks offers 2,500 acres of park land with facilities for picnicking, softball, horseback riding, hiking, and cross-country skiing. A paved all-purpose fitness trail offers walking, biking, running or strolling by the beautiful scenery. Seneca and Sleepy Hollow golf courses are also part of the Reservation.  Additionally, the Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts are close by.
Brecksville was founded in the lands of the Western Reserve in 1811, four years after several men — including Colonel John Breck — purchased the surrounding area. After the land was surveyed, Seth Payne, one of the surveyors, brought his family and settled in the area in June 1811, and he was soon followed by many other families. Although Colonel Breck never lived in Brecksville, his three sons did, and members of his family continued to live in Brecksville until 1934, when his great-grandson Dr. Theodore Breck died.
Brecksville was incorporated as a village in 1921, and it gained the status of city in 1960.
As of 2012, the median income for a household in the city was $91,282, and the median income for a family was $128,632.  Of the city's population over the age of 25, 50.5% hold a bachelor's degree or higher.
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,656 people, 5,349 households, and 3,883 families residing in the city. The population density was 697.8 inhabitants per square mile (269.4 /km2). There were 5,623 housing units at an average density of 287.3 per square mile (110.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 1.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 5,349 households of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.4% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median age in the city was 47.4 years. 22.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.1% were from 25 to 44; 36.2% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,382 people, 5,033 households, and 3,754 families residing in the city. The population density was 682.4 people per square mile (263.5/km²). There were 5,206 housing units at an average density of 265.5 per square mile (102.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.91% White, 1.85% African American, 0.03% Native American, 2.56% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.
There were 5,033 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $88,358, and the median income for a family was $104,347. Males had a median income of $65,382 versus $39,912 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,838. About 1.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.
Transportation and Economy
Brecksville is located near or on a number of highways that provide access to neighboring communities. Its major thoroughfares are State Route 21 (Brecksville Road) north and south, and State Route 82 (Royalton Road west of SR 21, Chippewa Road east of SR 21). I-77 provides access to Cleveland and Akron, while I-80 (the Ohio Turnpike) provides access to Toledo and Pennsylvania. Cleveland RTA and Akron Metro buslines converge in Brecksville at the decommissioned VA Medical Center off Brecksville Road. This gives easy access to either Cleveland or Akron and outlying areas without having to drive.
Brecksville has a solid, diversified economy. Brecksville is a financial center with branches of major regional banks, real estate companies and national financial asset management companies located in the city. Additionally, such notable companies as Berkshire Hathaway's Lubrizol Corporation, Duck Creek Energy, Inc., Med Data, Inc., Truenorth, Applied Medical Technology, Inc., and AT&T are either headquartered or have sizable operations in the city. Brecksville is also the center of a burgeoning art and culinary scene with a number of locally owned galleries, restaurants and wine bars.
Brecksville shares a school system with its neighboring city, Broadview Heights. There are three elementary schools (Hilton Elementary, Highland Drive Elementary, Chippewa Elementary) within Brecksville proper, and an intermediate school (Central School), a junior high school, and a high school in the system.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights school system has received various awards for excellence in education. Most recently, the Chippewa and Hilton Elementary Schools were awarded the "School of Distinction" honor by the State Superintendent of Schools. Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School was one of only 14 public schools in Ohio nominated by the Ohio Department of Education for the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award in 2008. Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School has consistently been ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as being in the top 5 percent of all high schools in the United States. And in 2013, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School was recognized in Newsweek magazine's list of the top 2000 public high schools in the United States
Stautzenberger College has a campus in Brecksville.
Cuyahoga Community College affiliate Cuyahoga Valley Career Center - School of Nursing offers full and part time degree programs.
Brecksville was named in 2014 by Family Circle magazine as one of the top ten US towns to raise families. The magazine stated that Brecksville has top-rated schools and plenty of green space—including Cuyahoga Valley National Park—for a family-friendly setting. It noted the schools emphasize achievement as well as giving back to the community. Such factors as affordable homes, quality schools, access to healthcare, green space, low crime rate and financial stability were considered as the basis for this award.
Brecksville's Chippewa Garden Club received the “2013 Garden Club of the Year” Award from the Garden Clubs of Ohio. Formed in 1949, the goals of the founding members of the Chippewa Garden Club are; To share a love for gardening, to study the fine art of flower design, to aid in the protection of native plants and wildlife, and to encourage civic betterment. The club previously won the award in 2005 and 2007.
Theater and the Arts
Brecksville Little Theatre was incorporated as a non-profit community organization in 1949 under charter by the State of Ohio. Performances have been continually held in the Old Town Hall, a registered historic landmark. Brecksville Little Theatre, committed to the community, also provides two scholarship awards to deserving high school seniors in the arts and humanities.
Brecksville Theater on the Square, founded in 1975, has developed into a well established theater of the performing arts, not only providing the community with family theater, but with a wide variety of drama classes and programs offered to students, pre-school through adults. Outreach programs, scholarship offerings and increased community involvement have made BTOTS an innovative local theater company.
The Brecksville Center for the Arts is a non-profit, multidisciplinary art center dedicated to the education, inspiration, encouragement, and support of artists and art enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Residents of Brecksville and surrounding communities are welcomed in discovering, exploring, enhancing, and promoting art of all types through affordable instruction, student scholarships, community collaborations, and special events.
Jerry N. Hruby is currently in his seventh four-year term as mayor of Brecksville. He also serves as the city's Safety Director. In 2011 the Governor of Ohio appointed Hruby to the Ohio Turnpike Committee. He currently is serving as chairman of the committee.
- Matthew "Matt" Capiccioni - Pro wrestler professionally known as M-Dogg 20
- Ryan Dunn - Actor, known for the American reality series Jackass, grew up in Brecksville and is buried in Brecksville's Highland Cemetery
- Steve Gillespie - PASL Soccer player and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
- Ann Liguori - Sports radio and television broadcaster, grew up in Brecksville and is a graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
- Eric Musselman - Former NBA coach and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
- Scott Roth - Former NBA player and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
- Mark Schulte - Former MLS Soccer player and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
- Tom Tupa - Former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback/punter and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
|Broadview Heights||Sagamore Hills Township, Boston Township|
- The Colson House, built around 1838 by Bolter and Harriet (Waite) Colson.
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- BBHCSD - District News
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