Chagrin Falls, Ohio

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Chagrin Falls as seen from the Triangle Park area
Chagrin Falls as seen from the Triangle Park area
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°25′52″N 81°23′19″W / 41.43111°N 81.38861°W / 41.43111; -81.38861Coordinates: 41°25′52″N 81°23′19″W / 41.43111°N 81.38861°W / 41.43111; -81.38861
CountryUnited States
 • MayorBill Tomko
 • Total2.14 sq mi (5.54 km2)
 • Land2.08 sq mi (5.39 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
Elevation1,004 ft (306 m)
 • Total4,104
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,892.89/sq mi (730.86/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)440
FIPS code39-13358[5]
GNIS feature ID1083437[2]
Chagrin Falls waterfall on the Chagrin River near the center of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Chagrin Falls is a village in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States and is a suburb of Cleveland in Northeast Ohio's Cleveland-Akron-Canton metropolitan area, the 15th-largest Combined Statistical Area nationwide. The village was established and has grown around Chagrin Falls waterfall on the Chagrin River. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 4,104. The village was incorporated in 1844 from parts of three townships in two counties. Neighboring Chagrin Falls Township was established in 1845.


Chagrin Falls was laid out in 1837.[6] The community takes its name from a series of waterfalls along the Chagrin River, that run through the middle of town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.14 square miles (5.54 km2), of which 2.08 square miles (5.39 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is covered by water.[7] One notable landmark is the Chagrin Falls waterfall.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,941[4]−4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, 4,104 people, 1,872 households, and 1,049 families resided in the village. The population density was 1,977.4 inhabitants per square mile (763.5/km2). The 2,042 housing units averaged 981.7 per square mile (379.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.0% White, 0.4% African American 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.9% of the population.

Of the 1,872 households, 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.0% were not families. About 39.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the village was 46.1 years; 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 29% were from 45 to 64; and 22.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, 4,024 people, 1,862 households, and 1,100 families resided in the village. The population density was 1,943.2 people per square mile (750.6/km2). The 2,041 housing units averaged 985.6 per square mile (380.7/km2). In the village, the population was distributed as 22.2% under age 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $62,917, and for a family was $90,094. Males had a median income of $69,609 versus $36,319 for females. The per capita income for the village was $42,885. About 2.4% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Chagrin Falls is in the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, which serves the villages of Chagrin Falls, South Russell, and Bentleyville, and a portion of the village of Moreland Hills.

Chagrin Falls High School was rated 97th in Newsweek's "Complete List of the 1,200 Top U.S. Schools" in 2006. This study was based largely on the ratio of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken to the number of graduating high school seniors. Also in 2006, the Chagrin Falls district was given an "Excellent" rating for the sixth year in a row by Newsweek.[9] On December 4, 2008, Chagrin Falls High School was once again ranked in the top 100 public high schools in the country. The school was rated 98th with a Quality-Adjusted Exams Per Test Taker ratio of 3.8. It is regularly ranked as the top high school in Northeast Ohio.[10]

Emergency services[edit]

The Village of Chagrin Falls is served by the Chagrin Falls Police Department, which also serves neighboring Chagrin Falls Township. The Chagrin Falls Fire Department is a combination full/part-time department. It provides fire and EMS services to the villages of Chagrin Falls, Bentleyville, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, and South Russell. Apparatus consists of two fire attack pumpers, a 75-foot ladder truck, a heavy rescue truck, 3 ALS-equipped EMS squads, a Command/Fire Marshal vehicle, a rescue boat, and two multipurpose utility vehicles. The department also has two mountain bikes for a bike patrol unit and a specially equipped ATV to provide EMS, technical rescue, and brush fire capabilities. Both departments serve under Chagrin Valley Dispatch and run under University Hospitals EMS command.


  • The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is one of the oldest community theaters in the country, having been in existence since 1930, with the oldest such theater only eight years older.
  • Leader Tractors were produced in Chagrin Falls.
  • The Chagrin Valley Recreation Center hosts one of Northeast Ohio's longest-running annual swim meets each summer. The Chagrin Valley Invitation Relays have been held each summer since 1968.[11]
  • The town is referenced in the song Chagrin Falls by the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip on their 1998 studio album Phantom Power.
  • The non-existent Chagrin Falls Country Club was referenced by character Ted Mosby, a Cleveland native, who claimed to have lifeguarded there in "How I Met your Mother" (S5-E11).[12]
  • Fictional hometown of Ensign Charles Parker of McHales Navy
  • "Chagrin Falls" is the name of a recurring subseries in the comic Tom the Dancing Bug, probably in honor of Bill Watterson.
  • "Chagrin Falls" downtown is featured on the back cover of the album 'The Essential Calvin and Hobbes' drawn by Bill Watterson

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Editorial staff (2008). Ohio Historic Places Dictionary, Volume 2. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 199. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 2010-08-09 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ [2] Archived 2009-05-05 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Chagrin Valley Invitational Relays[permanent dead link],, retrieved 29 March 2009.
  12. ^ "How I Met Your Mother". Retrieved 2018-11-19.

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