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Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Coordinates: 41°25′52″N 81°23′19″W / 41.43111°N 81.38861°W / 41.43111; -81.38861
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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
Flag of Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Official seal of Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio
Coordinates: 41°25′52″N 81°23′19″W / 41.43111°N 81.38861°W / 41.43111; -81.38861
CountryUnited States
 • MayorWilliam 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)
 • Total4,188
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,011.53/sq mi (776.66/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code440
FIPS code39-13358[4]
GNIS feature ID1083437[2]

Chagrin Falls is a village in eastern Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. A suburb of Cleveland, it is part of the Cleveland metropolitan area. The village was established around Chagrin Falls on the Chagrin River. As of the 2020 census, the population was 4,188.


Chagrin Falls was laid out in 1837.[5] The community takes its name from a series of waterfalls along the Chagrin River, which runs through the town. The village was incorporated in 1844 from parts of three townships in two counties.


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.[6] One notable landmark is the Chagrin Falls waterfall.


Historical population
2023 (est.)4,087[3]−2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Chagrin Falls waterfall on the Chagrin River near the center of Chagrin Falls

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[8] 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[4] of 2000, 4,024 people, 1,862 households, and 1,100 families resided in the village. The population density was 1,943.2 inhabitants per square mile (750.3/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.

Arts and culture[edit]

  • 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 being 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.[9]
  • 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 mentioned by the character Ted Mosby, who claimed to have lifeguarded there, in How I Met Your Mother (S5-E24).[10]
  • Chagrin Falls is the hometown of the character Ensign Charles Parker (Tim Conway) in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy.
  • The 1977 television film The Gathering was filmed in Chagrin Falls.
  • Chagrin Falls’ downtown is featured on the back cover of the 1988 Calvin and Hobbes collection The Essential Calvin and Hobbes, written and drawn by Bill Watterson. Watterson is a Chagrin Falls native, which has led to widespread but unconfirmed speculation that Calvin and Hobbes is set there.
  • The famed Popeye comic strip called Chagrin Falls home while it was being drawn by the Hungarian-American cartoonist Bela "Bill" Zaboly.
  • "Chagrin Falls" is the name of a recurring subseries in the comic Tom the Dancing Bug, probably in honor of Bill Watterson.
  • The fictional town of Angel Falls, Ohio, which is featured in the three-book Angel Falls series by Miranda Liasson, is partly modeled after Chagrin Falls.[11]
  • The Pumpkin Roll is an unofficial event held every October.


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 is the high school.


The weekly newspaper Chagrin Valley Times is produced in the town.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Ohio: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2023". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2024.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ Editorial staff (2008). Ohio Historic Places Dictionary, Volume 2. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 199. ISBN 9781878592705. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Chagrin Valley Invitational Relays[permanent dead link], chagrinrec.com, retrieved March 29, 2009.
  10. ^ "How I Met Your Mother". how-imetyourmother.blogspot.com. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  11. ^ McIntyre, Barbara. "Love is in the Air in Angel Falls series". Akron Beacon Journal.

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