North Ridgeville, Ohio

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
City
Location of North Ridgeville, Ohio
Location of North Ridgeville, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 82°0′17″W / 41.38944°N 82.00472°W / 41.38944; -82.00472Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 82°0′17″W / 41.38944°N 82.00472°W / 41.38944; -82.00472
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lorain
Government
 • Mayor George David Gillock
Area[1]
 • Total 23.58 sq mi (61.07 km2)
 • Land 23.44 sq mi (60.71 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Elevation [2] 728 ft (222 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 29,465
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 30,571
 • Density 1,257.0/sq mi (485.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 44039, 44035, 44011
Area code(s) 216, 440
FIPS code 39-56966[5]
GNIS feature ID 1065174[2]
Website City of North Ridgeville
A Cleveland, Ohio West Side Suburb

North Ridgeville is a city located along the eastern border of Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The city's population was 29,465 at the 2010 census. A west side suburb of Cleveland, North Ridgeville was the fastest-growing city in the entire Greater Cleveland area.[citation needed]

Located 8 miles (13,000 m) from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and 18 miles (29,000 m) west of downtown Cleveland. North Ridgeville is the third-largest city in in Lorain County, and the 50th most-populated city in Ohio.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

North Ridgeville is located in North East Ohio.

Located at 41°23′22″N 82°0′17″W / 41.38944°N 82.00472°W / 41.38944; -82.00472 (41.389546, -82.004605).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 23.58 square miles (61.07 km2), of which, 23.44 square miles (60.71 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.[1]

Located in eastern Lorain County, it borders the following municipalities, townships, and villages.:

Metropolitan Area[edit]

North Ridgeville, is a part of the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor Metropolitan Statistical Area which in 2010 had a population of 2,077,240. North Ridgeville is also part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area, which in 2010 had a population of 2,780,440.[citation needed]

Zip code[edit]

The city of North Ridgeville has a post office, with the zip code of 44039. This zip code covers most of the city. Some sections of the city use zip codes 44035, 44011 and 44044. And in the 2000s, zip code 44039 was expanded outside of the city limits along highway 10 into Eaton, and Carlisle Townships.[citation needed]

Area code[edit]

In the 1950s, AT&T assigned North Ridgeville, and Northeast Ohio the 216 area code. In 1996, Northeast Ohio was divided into two area codes. Area code 216 was reduced in size to cover the northern half of its prior area, centering on Cleveland and its lake shore suburbs. Area code 330 was introduced for remaining outlying areas formerly covered by area code 216, including Akron, Brunswick, Canton, Medina, Warren and Youngstown.[citation needed]

In 1997, area code 216 was further split. Area code 216 was again reduced in area to cover the city of Cleveland and its inner ring suburbs. Area code 440 was introduced to cover the remainder of was what previously area code 216, including the communities of Mentor, Elyria, Painesville, North Ridgeville, Strongsville, Brecksville, Lorain, Westlake, and other Greater Cleveland communities. Although 216 numbers can still be assigned to communities within the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Some communities, such as Parma, and Parma Heights were divided into multiple area codes. In 1999, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced federal legislation to protect small and medium-sized cities from being split into two or more area codes.[7][8]

Ohio area codes: 216, 220, 234, 330, 419, 440, 513, 567, 614, 740, 937
North: 519/226, Lake Erie
West: 419/567 area code 216, 440 East: 216, 440
South: 234/330, 419/567
Ontario area codes: 226, 249, 289, 343, 365, 416, 519, 613, 647, 705, 807, 905

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 8,057
1970 13,152 63.2%
1980 21,237 61.5%
1990 21,564 1.5%
2000 22,338 3.6%
2010 29,465 31.9%
Est. 2012 30,571 3.8%
Sources:[9][10][5][11]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $54,482, and the median income for a family was $61,621. Males had a median income of $42,634 versus $27,379 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,971. About 2.3% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.[citation needed]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 29,465 people, 11,500 households, and 8,486 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,257.0 inhabitants per square mile (485.3 /km2). There were 12,109 housing units at an average density of 516.6 per square mile (199.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 1.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.[citation needed]

There were 11,500 households of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.2% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.97.[citation needed]

The median age in the city was 40.7 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

The North Ridgeville City School District is managed by a directly-elected school board. The North Ridgeville City School District has been rated "Excellent" by the Ohio Deptment of Education.[citation needed]

Public elementary schools include:

  • Early Childhood Learning Center at Fields Sweet Elementary School, on Root Rd.
  • North Ridgeville Education Center "ED Center," on Mills Creek Ln. North
  • Lear North Elementary School, on North Lear Nagle Rd.
  • Liberty Elementary School, on Jaycox Rd.
  • (Elizabeth) Wilcox Elementary School, on Bainbridge Rd.

Public middle schools include:

  • North Ridgeville Middle School (NRMS), on Center Ridge Rd.

Public high schools include:

North Ridgeville High School was named Ohio Lottery School of the Year for 2009-2010, and 2012-2013.[citation needed]

In November 2013, the citizens of North Ridgeville passed a bond issue for the replacement of the North Ridgeville Middle School, Elizabeth Wilcox Elementary, and the Rangers Stadium. In late 2014, the new Ranger's Stadium is schedule for completion, just in time for the Rangers to switch conferences to the Southwestern Conference, whose members include Avon Lake, Amherst, North Olmsted and Westlake. The new school for grades 2-8, and the new stadium will be constructed on the property adjacent to the current North Ridgeville High School, on Bainbridge Road. The old schools, and stadium are scheduled for demolition once the new facilities are completed, and open. Also the district will be rearranging preexisting schools taking Early Childhood Learning Center out of commission, while replacing the roof on Liberty School.[when?][citation needed]

Private schools[edit]

Private schools include:

College and universities[edit]

College and universities located in and around North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Transportation[edit]

Highways[edit]

North Ridgeville is served by many highways, including I-80 (The Ohio Turnpike), the Outerbelt South Freeway Interstate 480 (Ohio), U.S. Route 20, Ohio State Route 10, Ohio State Route 83, and Ohio State Route 113. And just minutes away from I-90, and Ohio State Route 2.


Lear Nagle Road Widening[edit]

Design engineering is almost complete. We are ready to begin the land acquisition, however for Lear Nagle it is almost all easements and there aren't any buildings to be taken. There remains $2.5 million to be funded either by ODOT (which they have said they will do) or the city. If the city is required to make up this portion this would be included in the same bond issue. Actual construction is slated to begin in June 2015.

Airports[edit]

The airport for North Ridgeville is the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (located in Cleveland, Ohio), and the Lorain County Regional Airport is the nearest county airport.

Train[edit]

The Elyria, and Cleveland Amtrak Stations provide train transportation to the residents of North Ridgeville.

History of Ridgeville[edit]

Ridgeville Township becomes the city of North Ridgeville[edit]

The first non-indigenous settlement of what is now North Ridgeville was in 1810 by immigrants from Waterbury, Connecticut. The township was organized three years later in 1813, and was originally a part of Cuyahoga County, but in 1824 Cuyahoga County was reduced in size, thus creating Huron, Lake, and Lorain Counties. Ridgeville Township thus became part of present day Lorain County. Ridgeville Township kept its name until 1958 when it was embodied as a village. By this time, various types of police protection, which came in Constables, Deputy Sheriff's, and the Sate Highway Patrol, had been used.

In August 1960, the population was sufficient to permit the township to be renamed as the city of North Ridgeville, however the local post office was first called "North Ridgeville" in 1829. At the same time a new city council was established, and a permanent police department succeeded the Township Constable before it.

The first officer to be selected was Emory C. Hershey, who had served as constable from 1944 to 1959, and was the police chief from 1960 until 1965. In October 1959, Thomas P. Richards was selected as the first patrolman.

North Ridgeville Historical Society


On the National Register of Historic Places[edit]

North Ridgeville Olde Towne Hall 36119 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville

Cahoon, Samuel C., House (added 1978) 38369 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville

In and around North Ridgeville[edit]

Corn Festival[edit]

In the June 2002 issue of Cleveland Magazine, the North Ridgeville Corn Festival was voted the best festival in Northeast Ohio.[citation needed]

North Ridgeville is home to the North Ridgeville Corn Festival. The history started when the Bicentennial Committee for the City of North Ridgeville was formed in 1975 to celebrate the upcoming United States bicentennial in 1976. The first festival ran 6 hours and featured 13 booths around the North Ridgeville Middle School track. The proceeds were donated to the library to assist with the cost of relocating it from the old Lawson’s store area the Olde Town Hall building across the street. The next year, in 1976, in addition to celebrating the bicentennial, the festival was held in honor Harold Sweet, a sweet corn grower in North Ridgeville, for all that he did for the youth and citizens of the city. The proceeds from this festival were donated to purchase trees for the then new Bainbridge Extension along with 2 bicentennial flags for City Hall. The Bicentennial Committee was renamed the North Ridgeville Corn Festival Committee in 1977.[citation needed]

Shopping[edit]

  • Avon Commons, Avon
  • Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted
  • Crocker Park, Westlake

Parks and recreation[edit]

  • Sandy Ridge Reservation
  • South Central Park
  • Frontier Park
  • Palmer Field
  • Shady Drive Complex
  • Soccer Complex
  • Victory Park Ohio

Newsworthy Events[edit]

  • June 10, 2013 humane officer Barry Accorti shot and killed 5 feral kittens in a woman's backyard causing major controversy in the area. The woman (who asked to remain anonymous) called and asked for removal of the feral kittens from a woodpile near her home [1].[12] This event gained national attention [2][13] after Police Chief Mike Freeman cleared the humane officer of any wrongdoing [3],[14] prompting a statement from Ohio SPCA insisting action be taken [4]. The Lorain Pooch Patrol rallied protesters on June 12, 2013 [5] to show outrage regarding the lack of discipline for Barry Accorti's actions.
  • June 10, 2014 "humane" officer Barry Accorti shot and killed a baby raccoon, again in front of children. [15]

Notable people[edit]

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