Cuyahoga County, Ohio
|Cuyahoga County, Ohio|
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||May 1, 1810|
|Named for||"crooked river" possibly in Algonquian|
|• Total||1,246 sq mi (3,227 km2)|
|• Land||457 sq mi (1,184 km2)|
|• Water||788 sq mi (2,041 km2), 63%|
|• Density||2,800/sq mi (1,081/km²)|
|Congressional districts||9th, 11th, 14th, 16th|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Cuyahoga County (// or // KY-ə-HOG-ə or KY-ə-HOH-gə) is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,280,122, making it the most populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Cleveland. In 2014, the county's estimated population was 1,259,828. The county is named after the Iroquoian word Cuyahoga, which means 'crooked river'. The name is also assigned to the Cuyahoga River, which bisects the county.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Politics
- 6 Education
- 7 Health
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Recreation
- 10 Culture
- 11 Communities
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
After the discovery of the New World, the land that became Cuyahoga County was originally part of the French colony of Canada (New France), which was ceded in 1763 to Great Britain and renamed Province of Quebec. In the late 18th century the land became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the Northwest Territory, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,246 square miles (3,230 km2), of which 457 square miles (1,180 km2) is land and 788 square miles (2,040 km2) (63%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Ohio by total area. A portion of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in the southeastern portion of the county.
- Lake County (northeast)
- Geauga County (east)
- Summit County (southeast)
- Medina County (southwest)
- Lorain County (west)
- Portage County (southeast)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 Census, there were 1,280,122 people, 571,457 households, and 319,996 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,800 people per square mile (1,081/km²). There were 621,763 housing units at an average density of 1,346 per square mile (520/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.6% White, 29.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.6% Asian (0.9% Indian, 0.7% Chinese, 0.3% Filipino, 0.2% Korean, 0.2% Vietnamese, 0.1% Japanese), 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 4.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race (3.1% Puerto Rican, 0.7% Mexican, 0.1% Dominican, 0.1% Guatemalan). 16.5% were of German, 12.8% Irish, 8.8% Italian, 8.5% British, 8.1% Polish, 4.6% Czechoslovakian, and 3.1% Hungarian, ancestries.
There are also sizable numbers of Russians (1.7%), French, either from France or Canada (1.4%), Arabs (1.4%), Ukrainians (1.2%), Scandinavian (1.1%), and Greeks (0.7%). 88.4% spoke English, 3.7% Spanish, and 4.9% some other Indo-European language. 7.3% of the population were foreign-born (of which 44.4% were born in Europe, 36.3% Asia, and 12.1% Latin America).
There were 571,457 households out of which 28.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.40% were married couples living together, 15.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.90% were non-families. 32.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,603, and the median income for a family was $58,631. The per capita income for the county was $26,263. About 10.30% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,280,122 people, 545,056 households, and 319,996 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,800.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,081.1/km2). There were 621,763 housing units at an average density of 1,360.0 per square mile (525.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 63.6% white, 29.7% black or African American, 2.6% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.4% were German, 13.0% were Irish, 9.2% were Italian, 8.6% were Polish, 6.3% were English, and 2.8% were American.
Of the 545,056 households, 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.3% were non-families, and 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 3.01. The median age was 40.2 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,603 and the median income for a family was $58,064. Males had a median income of $47,182 versus $36,683 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,263. About 12.4% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.
Cuyahoga County had long been led by a three-member Board of County Commissioners. However, on November 3, 2009, county voters overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a county charter form of government, which replaced the three-commissioner form of county government with an elected county executive and an 11-member county council. Each council member represents a single district; there are no at-large districts. Summit County is the only other Ohio county with this form of government.
In the November 2, 2010 election, Lakewood mayor Ed FitzGerald (D) defeated Matt Dolan (R) to become the first Cuyahoga County Executive. The first Cuyahoga County Council was also elected, with Democrats winning the majority (8-3) over the Republicans.
Cuyahoga County is heavily Democratic in voter registration.
|2012||68.84% 420,953||30.17% 184,475|
|2008||68.50% 441,836||30.44% 196,369|
|2004||66.57% 448,503||32.89% 221,600|
|2000||62.62% 359,913||33.42% 192,099|
|1996||60.75% 341,357||29.15% 163,770|
|1992||52.72% 337,548||29.24% 187,186|
|1988||58.79% 353,401||40.33% 242,439|
|1984||55.65% 362,626||43.60% 284,094|
|1980||50.02% 307,448||41.47% 254,883|
|1976||56.03% 349,186||41.01% 255,594|
|1972||48.15% 317,670||49.94% 329,493|
|1968||53.95% 363,540||35.44% 238,791|
|1964||71.50% 492,911||28.50% 196,436|
|1960||59.83% 429,030||40.17% 288,056|
Colleges and universities
Cuyahoga County is home to a number of higher education institutions, including:
- Baldwin Wallace University (Berea)
- Cleveland Bartending School Cleveland Heights
- Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland)
- Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland)
- Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland)
- Cleveland State University (Cleveland and Westlake)
- Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, Highland Hills, and Parma)
- DeVry University (Seven Hills)
- John Carroll University (University Heights)
- Notre Dame College (South Euclid)
- Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (Independence)
- Stautzenberger College, Brecksville (Brecksville)
- Ursuline College (Pepper Pike)
In 2014, Cuyahoga County ranked 65 out of 88 total counties in Ohio for health outcomes. This ranking was based on multiple factors including: premature death (7,975 years per 100,000 population, of potential life lost), adults who reported having poor or fair health (15%), average number of poor physical health days reported in a 30-day period (3.3), average number of poor mental health days reported in a 30-day period (4.1), and the percentage of births with low birth-weight (10.4%). Among these factors Cuyahoga did worse than the Ohio average in premature death, poor mental health days, and low birth-weight. Possible explanations as for why Cuyahoga County is lower in health outcomes than the average Ohio county include behavioral factors, access to clinical care, social and economic factors, and environmental factors.
The leading causes of death and disability in Cuyahoga County are chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The cancer mortality rate for Cuyahoga is 192.7 per 100,000 people, the mortality rate due to heart disease is 204.2 per 100,000 people, and the percentage of adult residents that are obese is 26.2%.
Community Comparison of Disparities
According to The Fox Chase Cancer Center, a health disparity can be defined as the existence of inequalities that prevent certain members of a population group from benefiting from the same health status as other groups. Within Cuyahoga County there are many health disparities when comparing cities and demographics. The Hough neighborhood in Cleveland and Lyndhurst can be compared to illustrate some of the disparities. The communities are both in Cuyahoga County and are less than 10 miles apart. They also have similar populations, but a different racial breakdown according to the 2010 US Census. The population of the Hough neighborhood was 16,359 (96.1% Black or African American and 2.1% White American) and the population of Lyndhurst was 14,001 (6.4% Black or African American and 90.3% White American). There is a disparity of 24 years between the life expectancy in the two communities. The residents of the Hough neighborhood have a life expectancy of 64 years and residents in Lyndhurst have a life expectancy of 88.5 years. The annual median income in the Hough neighborhood is $13,630 while it is $52,272 in Lyndhurst. Data collected from the Center for Community Solutions indicated from 1990 to 2001 the rate of heart disease for residents of the Hough neighborhood was around four times the frequency of Lyndhurst residents. The rate of accidental deaths were nine times higher the Hough neighborhood.
- University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center - Beachwood
- University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center - Bedford
- Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland
- Euclid Hospital - Euclid
- Fairview Hospital - Cleveland
- Hillcrest Hospital - Mayfield Heights
- Huron Hospital - East Cleveland
- University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center - Cleveland
- Lakewood Hospital - Lakewood
- Lutheran Hospital - Cleveland
- University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital - Cleveland
- Marymount Hospital - Garfield Heights
- MetroHealth Medical Center - Cleveland
- University Hospitals Parma Medical Center - Parma
- Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital - Cleveland
- University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center - Richmond Heights
- South Pointe Hospital - Warrensville Heights
- Southwest General Health Center - Middleburg Heights
- St. Anne's Hospital, historical facility in Cleveland
- St. John Medical Center - Westlake
- St. Vincent Charity Medical Center - Cleveland
- University Hospitals Case Medical Center - University Circle, Cleveland
- Healthspan (formerly Kaiser Permanente of Northeast Ohio) - Bedford, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, & Parma
Cuyahoga County is served by international, regional and county airports, including:
- Cuyahoga County Airport
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Cleveland)
- Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (Cleveland)
Cuyahoga County is served by the Cleveland Metroparks system. Its 16 reservations provide more than 21,000 acres (8,500 ha) of green space and recreational amenities. The county is home to part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which extends southward into Summit County.
- Cleveland Play House (Cleveland)
- Cleveland Public Theater (Cleveland)
- Dobama Theater (Cleveland Heights)
- Huntington Playhouse (Bay Village)
- Karamu House (Cleveland)
- Near West Theatre (Cleveland)
- Playhouse Square Center (Cleveland)
Cuyahoga County has many options for shopping. Some of the well known shopping areas include:
- SouthPark Mall: stores include Dillard's, Macy's, Aldo, Chico's, Coldwater Creek, Forever 21, H&M, Williams-Sonoma.
- Beachwood Place: stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Coach, True Religion, Lacoste, J.Crew, Michael Kors.
- Eton Square: stores include Anthropologie, Apple Store, Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co., The North Face, Orvis, Sur La Table.
- Legacy Village: stores include Crate & Barrel, Ethan Allen, Restoration Hardware, Nordstrom Rack, The Cheesecake Factory.
- Crocker Park: stores include Landmark Luggage, Banana Republic, Nordstrom Rack, Guess, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Lucky Brand Jeans, Arhaus Furniture.
- Severance Town Center: stores include Walmart, Aaron's, Regal Cinemas, Burger King, The Home Depot, Marshalls and Ihop
- Bay Village
- Bedford Heights
- Broadview Heights
- Brook Park
- Cleveland (county seat)
- Cleveland Heights
- East Cleveland
- Fairview Park
- Garfield Heights
- Highland Heights
- Maple Heights
- Mayfield Heights
- Middleburg Heights
- North Olmsted
- North Royalton
- Olmsted Falls
- Parma Heights
- Pepper Pike
- Richmond Heights
- Rocky River
- Seven Hills
- Shaker Heights
- South Euclid
- University Heights
- Warrensville Heights
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
- Youth Advisory Committee of Cuyahoga County
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|Lorain County||Geauga County|
|Medina County||Summit County and Portage County|