Garfield Heights, Ohio

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Garfield Heights, Ohio
City
Official seal of Garfield Heights, Ohio
Seal
Nickname(s): City of Homes[1]
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′17″N 81°36′10″W / 41.42139°N 81.60278°W / 41.42139; -81.60278Coordinates: 41°25′17″N 81°36′10″W / 41.42139°N 81.60278°W / 41.42139; -81.60278
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyCuyahoga
Settled1786
Founded1904
Established1919
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorVic Collova (D)[2]
 • City CouncilMichael Dudley Sr. (Ward One)
Joe LaMalfa(Ward Two)
Mike Nenadovich (Ward Three)
Eugene Glenn (Ward Four)
Joseph M. Suster (Ward Five)
Matt Burke (Ward Six)
Thomas Vaughn (Ward Seven)
Area[3]
 • Total7.29 sq mi (18.88 km2)
 • Land7.23 sq mi (18.73 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation[4]955 ft (291 m)
Population (2010)[5]
 • Total28,849
 • Estimate (2012[6])28,454
 • Density3,990.2/sq mi (1,540.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes44105, 44125, 44128
Area code(s)216
FIPS code39-29428[7]
GNIS feature ID1064703[4]
Websitegarfieldhts.org

Garfield Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 28,849 at the time of the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Garfield Heights is located at 41°25′17″N 81°36′10″W / 41.42139°N 81.60278°W / 41.42139; -81.60278 (41.421423, -81.602682).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.29 square miles (18.88 km2), of which 7.23 square miles (18.73 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.[3] The elevation of Garfield Heights is 831 feet (253 m) above sea level where it borders Cleveland, and its highest elevation is 972 feet (296 m) above sea level at the Garfield Heights Justice Center.

Economy[edit]

Marymount Hospital is the city's largest employer.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has its District 12 headquarters in the city.

In 2007, Garfield Heights and its neighbor Maple Heights were mentioned by CNN/Money as two of America's most affordable communities.[9]

The Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce was established in the 1960s and includes over 250 business members from the area.

Chart Industries, a gas tank manufacturer, has its world headquarters in Garfield Heights. Chart Industries is one of the fastest growing companies in the world. The headquarters is in the Infinity Corporate Center. There is talk that Infinity Corporate Center may be renamed Chart Center[dubious ]. Chart is a $1 billion company and has been featured on CNBC, Fox Business Network, and Bloomberg.

The Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in Ohio, is based in Garfield Heights. As of 2011, it had 17,456 members and $155 million in assets.

Law and government[edit]

Garfield Heights, Ohio City Hall

Garfield Heights has seven wards and a mayor-council form of government. The city's charter went into effect in 1956. The city also has a municipal court that serves several jurisdictions. The council president is selected by members of city council. If the mayor's seat is vacated, the council president would assume the duties, according to the city charter.

Mayors of Garfield Heights[edit]

Term of service Name Life dates Party
1920–1929 Oliver D. Jackson 1874-1953  
1930–1931 Raymond Ring    
1932–1937 Martin O'Donnell    
1937–1939 Don Cameron    
1940–1947 Raymond Ring    
1947–1949 Grant Weber 1884–1949  
1950–1955 Charles F. Wing    
1956–1961 Neil E. Bowler 1902–1995 Republican
1962–1964 Jack Donovan 1922-1988  
1965–1969 Frank Petrancek    
1970–1979 Ray Stachewicz    
1979–1983 Theodore S. Holtz    
1983–2009 Thomas J. Longo   Democrat
2009- Vic Collova 1947-  

Public safety[edit]

The city maintains its own police and fire departments. The city has a network of emergency warning sirens. The sirens are routinely tested at noon on the first Saturday of every month. A Community Emergency Response Team is in place. Garfield Heights uses traffic signal preemption.

Recreation[edit]

The Dan Kostel Recreation Center is located on Turney Road at the Civic Center complex and includes an outdoor swimming pool open during summer season only and an indoor ice skating rink.[10] Garfield Park Reservation, part of the regional Cleveland Metroparks system, is located in the Northeast corner of Garfield Heights on its border with Cleveland.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19202,530
193015,589516.2%
194016,9899.0%
195021,66227.5%
196038,45577.5%
197041,4177.7%
198034,938−15.6%
199031,739−9.2%
200030,734−3.2%
201028,849−6.1%
Est. 201727,835[11]−3.5%
Sources:[7][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

The ethnic groups of Garfield Heights include Poles, Slovenes, Italians, Irish, and African-Americans.

93.4% spoke English, 2.8% Polish, 1.2% Italian, and 1.2% Spanish.[19]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 28,849 people, 11,691 households, and 7,393 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,990.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,540.6/km2). There were 13,125 housing units at an average density of 1,815.4 per square mile (700.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.2% White, 35.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 11,691 households of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 21.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 38.5 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 30,734 people, 12,452 households, and 8,205 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,641.3/km sq (4,253.0/mi sq). There were 12,998 housing units at an average density of 694.1/km sq (1,798.7/mi sq). The racial makeup of the city was 80.72% White, 16.80% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from Race (United States Census)other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 12,452 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,278, and the median income for a family was $47,557. Males had a median income of $35,435 versus $26,472 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,988. About 6.0% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public Schools Logo

Garfield Heights has its own public school system comprising three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. It is governed by a five-member elected board. There are two Catholic schools in the city; St. Benedict and Trinity High School.

In 2001, Garfield Heights voters approved a levy to build a new high school. Construction of the school began soon thereafter and was completed in mid-2003. In 2006, ground was broken for the construction of the high school arts and drama complex, a $5 million building. Construction of the 750-seat Garfield Heights Matousek Center for the Performing Arts started in November 2006. The performing arts center opened on November 3, 2007.

In 2010-11 school year both Elmwood Elementary and Maple Leaf Intermediate were renovated and Maple Leaf School gained more classrooms and a bigger gym. Maple Leaf School is the Garfield Heights City School District's oldest building built in 1925 and was the smallest until the current reconstruction

Media[edit]

Garfield Heights is served by the Cleveland television stations and numerous cable and satellite providers. The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Neighborhood News-Garfield Heights Tribune (published each Wednesday) are the main newspapers.

Notable people[edit]

Surrounding communities[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Exner, Rich (16 November 2013). "Democrats outnumber Republicans as mayors in Cuyahoga County, 39-14". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
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  9. ^ Where homes are affordable - Garfield Heights, Ohio (23) - Money Magazine
  10. ^ City of Garfield Heights Parks and Recreation. http://www.garfieldhts.org/parks--recreation
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