Brecksville, Ohio

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Brecksville, Ohio
Historic house in Brecksville
Historic house in Brecksville
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.
Location of Ohio in the United States
Location of Ohio in the United States
Coordinates: 41°18′36″N 81°37′44″W / 41.31000°N 81.62889°W / 41.31000; -81.62889Coordinates: 41°18′36″N 81°37′44″W / 41.31000°N 81.62889°W / 41.31000; -81.62889
Country United States
State Ohio
County Cuyahoga
 • 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[2] 889 ft (271 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 13,656
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 13,536
 • Density 697.8/sq mi (269.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44141
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-08364[5]
GNIS feature ID 1064483[2]

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 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. A comprehensive early historical account of Brecksville was written by William R. Coates and published by The American Historical Society in 1924.[6]

Brecksville was incorporated as a village in 1921, and it gained the status of city in 1960.[7]


Brecksville is located at 41°18′36″N 81°37′44″W / 41.31000°N 81.62889°W / 41.31000; -81.62889 (41.309904, -81.628894).[8]

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.[1] 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.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Brecksville is defined by its scenic wooded bluffs and ravines which are a result of the geological confluence of the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau and the Great Lakes Basin. As a result, every Brecksville resident is close to natural beauty. Many neighborhoods are located next to the Brecksville Reservation[9] of the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, one of the most visited National Parks in the country.[10][11] The Brecksville Reservation consists of 2,500 acres, thus making Brecksville unique among Cuyahoga County communities with one-third of the city being parkland.

The Brecksville Reservation provides facilities for picnicking, softball, horseback riding, hiking, and cross-country skiing. A paved all-purpose fitness trail offers walking, biking, running or strolling through the beautiful scenery. Sleepy Hollow, Ohio's #1 rated municipal golf course per Golfweek Magazine,[12] and Seneca golf courses are located within the Reservation.[13] Additionally, Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts are close by.

Along with the Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville offers a Human Resources and Community Center[14] with a wide array of amenities. For a small annual membership fee, Brecksville residents enjoy the 98,000 square foot facility which offers a Field House, Fitness Center and Studios, Natatorium, Community Rooms, Child Care Facility, and Game Room. The field house is 10,650 square feet and features wood flooring basketball and volleyball courts, and has a stage and elevated in-door track.[15]


As of July 1, 2014, the per capita income for a household in the city was $116,748 and the per capita income for an average family of three was $141,228.[16] The median household income is $91,282 and the median income for a family is $111,667.[17] Of the city's population over the age of 25, 78% hold an associate degree or higher, 51% hold a bachelor's degree or higher, and 23% hold a Graduate Degree.[18]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 116
1930 1,308
1940 1,900 45.3%
1950 2,665 40.3%
1960 5,435 103.9%
1970 9,137 68.1%
1980 10,132 10.9%
1990 11,818 16.6%
2000 13,382 13.2%
2010 13,656 2.0%
Est. 2014 13,469 [19] −1.4%

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] 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.

Brecksville Parks



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 Brecksville with direct access to Cleveland and Akron and as far south as Columbia, South Carolina. Brecksville accesses I-80 (the Ohio Turnpike) at the Richfield I-77 Interchange thereby connecting Greater Cleveland to New York City and San Francisco, California.

Mass transit[edit]

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and Akron Metro RTA[24] buslines converge in Brecksville at the decommissioned VA Medical Center off Brecksville Road. This provides easy access to either Cleveland or Akron and outlying areas without having to drive.

Airlines and trains[edit]

Amtrak cross-country rail service is available in downtown Cleveland, and Hopkins International Airport is located about fifteen miles from Brecksville.


Brecksville has a solid, diversified economy. Brecksville is a financial center with branches of major regional banks, real estate firms, and national financial asset management companies. Additionally, such notable companies as Berkshire Hathaway's Lubrizol Corporation, Duck Creek Energy, Inc., Med Data, Inc., Truenorth Energy, Applied Medical Technology, Inc., The Ahola Corporation, Clinical Technology, Inc., NEC Corporation, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, PNC Financial Services, and AT&T are either headquartered or have sizable operations in the city. The Cleveland Clinic maintains its state of the art, architectural award winning, Data Center in Brecksville.[25][26]

Brecksville is also the center of a burgeoning art and culinary scene with a number of locally owned galleries, restaurants and wine bars.[27]


Public schools[edit]

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 school district's motto is: "where fine education is a heritage".[28]

Academic rankings[edit]

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights school system has received various awards for excellence in education. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Education recognized Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School as an NCLB Blue Ribbon School.[29] Most recently, the Chippewa and Hilton Elementary Schools were awarded the "School of Distinction" honor by the State Superintendent of Schools.[30] Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School was also a past nominee, by the Ohio Department of Education, for the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award.[30]

In 2015, The Washington Post published the list of America's most challenging high schools. The analysis covered approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools. The rankings were determined by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors who graduated. Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School ranked in the top 4 percent of all high schools in this assessment.[31]

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.[32][32] Additionally, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School was recognized in Newsweek magazine's 2013 list of the top 2000 public high schools in the United States.[33]

Because of its high academic standards, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School students are represented in the National Merit Scholars and the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.[34][35]

Sport championships[edit]

Along with academic excellence, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School's sports program competes at the state championship level. In 2015, the girl's gymnastic team won its twelfth consecutive state title and fifteenth overall.[36] The boy's wrestling team won the 2015 state championship.[37] The basketball, football, soccer, cross-country, and swimming/diving programs vie for regional and state titles as well.[38]

Art and writing awards[edit]

In 2015, 27 Brecksville-Broadview Heights middle and high school art students received a total of 36 regional awards through the 35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. These awards are a testament to the tradition of a strong art program backed by consistent community support in Brecksville and Broadview Heights. Five students were awarded Gold Keys and had their artwork judged on the national level in New York.[39]

Music achievements[edit]

Rounding out Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School's achievements, the BBHHS Orchestra[40] provides Chamber, Concert, and String music performances throughout the year. The BBHHS Orchestra recently received an Excellent (II) rating by the Ohio Music Education Association(OMEA).[41]

Private schools[edit]

South Suburban Montessori School, located in Brecksville’s Blossom Hill Complex, provides a Montessori education to children between 18 months and 14 years of age.[42]


Stautzenberger College has a campus in Brecksville. Associate degrees and Board certifications are offered in:[43]

  • Veterinary Technology, Animal Welfare, Animal Grooming
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Cuyahoga Community College affiliate Cuyahoga Valley Career Center - School of Nursing[44] offers full and part-time degree programs.


Cleveland's MetroHealth System is building a $20 million outpatient center-emergency room in Brecksville at the intersection of Ohio Route 82 and Interstate 77.[45] The center is scheduled to open in 2016.

Brecksville has a branch of Akron Children's Hospital, staffed with board-certified pediatricians, that offers neurological and pediatric primary care for babies, children and teens.[46]

The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals supplement health care provided by nearby community hospitals and immediate care centers. Marymount and Parma Community General Hospitals serve as emergency care facilities for Brecksville residents and visitors who require use of Brecksville's Fire Department's ambulances and staff of professional paramedics and EMTs. The Greater Cleveland area is known worldwide for excellence in health care.[47]

Civic awards[edit]

In 2015, Brecksville was named Ohio's third safest city in its population size category.[48] The study conducted by ValuePenguin[49] focused on recent FBI statistics. Neighboring Broadview Heights was ranked the second safest city in the same population size category underscoring the area's low crime rate.

In 2014, Brecksville was named by Family Circle magazine as one of the top ten U.S. towns to raise families.[50] 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.[51] 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.

Brecksville won the 2003 “America in Bloom” award and was the 2003 national winner of the “Proven Winners Landscaped Areas Award.” The city’s Beautification Committee was created under the direction of Mayor Hruby and is an integral part of the volunteerism that oversees the design of city plantings and beautification and decorations throughout the community. Brecksville has won 21 Tree City Year Awards.[52]

Local theater and the arts[edit]

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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

Regional cultural and sports attractions[edit]

Abundant entertainment is just a short distance away for residents of Brecksville. In downtown Cleveland, the Cleveland Browns, of the National Football League, play at FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland). Progressive Field is the home of Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians. The Cleveland Cavaliers, of the National Basketball Association, play at Quicken Loans Arena which is also a venue for concerts by major recording artists, the circus, ice shows, and a variety of other professional attractions. Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center is home to the Cleveland State University Vikings basketball team and is a venue for even more concerts and shows.

Additional cultural attractions include the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall located in nearby University Circle. In the summer, a trip to the verdant setting of Blossom Music Center is a musical must. Just a short drive from Brecksville through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Blossom is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and a venue for the biggest music stars touring the planet.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo are major world class attractions conveniently located nearby. There are unique nightlife and dining destinations within a short driving distance including; Cleveland's Warehouse, Ohio City, Cleveland, and Tremont, Cleveland neighborhoods, downtown's East 4th Street District (Cleveland), and "The Flats" along the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland's renowned Playhouse Square Theater District, consisting of five architecturally significant theaters along with The Cleveland Playhouse foundation, showcases regionally produced theater and the best of Broadway touring companies.[56]


To maintain Brecksville's bucolic setting, residents have rejected the big box store and shopping mall concept for smaller, locally owned boutiques and shops.[57] With direct access to Interstate 77 and Ohio State Route 82, Brecksville is within a short drive of world class shopping including Beachwood Place and Eaton Chagrin Boulevard Shops as well as lifestyle centers; Legacy Village and Crocker Park, and regional malls; Summit Mall and SouthPark Mall (Strongsville, Ohio).

Emergency sirens[edit]

Brecksville agreed to a Civil Defense Siren system with other cities in Cuyahoga County. The city has 4 sirens from American Signal Corporation and Whelen Engineering Company.


Jerry N. Hruby was elected to his eighth term as mayor of Brecksville. He will begin serving his eighth term beginning January 2, 2016. Mayor Hruby also serves as the city's Safety Director. In 2011 the Governor of Ohio appointed Hruby to the Ohio Turnpike Commission. He currently is serving as chairman of the commission.[58][59]

Notable people[edit]

  • Dr. Theodore Breck - Ohio State Senator[60]
  • Matthew "Matt" Capiccioni - Pro wrestler, professionally known as Matt Cross, grew up and still resides in Brecksville
  • 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 player and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
  • Gus Heege - Playwright and actor, whose works were popular at the end of the 19th century
  • Florence Morse Kingsley - Late 19th, early 20th century writer of popular and religious fiction
  • Ann Liguori - Sports radio and television broadcaster, grew up in Brecksville and graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
  • Eric Musselman - NBA coach and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
  • Scott Roth - NBA player and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
  • Mark Schulte - MLS player and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
  • Dr. John N. Stockwell - Late 19th, early 20th century Philosopher and Astronomer[61][62]
  • Tom Tupa - NFL Super Bowl and Pro Bowl quarterback/punter and graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
  • John M. Wilcox - Editor of the Cleveland Press[63]

Surrounding communities[edit]

See also[edit]

  • The Colson House, built circa 1838 by Bolter and Harriet (Waite) Colson.


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