Maple Heights, Ohio
Maple Heights, Ohio
|• Mayor||Annette M. Blackwell|
|• Total||5.17 sq mi (13.39 km2)|
|• Land||5.17 sq mi (13.39 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||899 ft (274 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||4,271.23/sq mi (1,649.07/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1048945|
Maple Heights Transit
In 1935, the City created Maple Heights Transit to provide connections to Downtown Cleveland, crosstown service, and service for schools.
Built as one of the first large shopping centers, Southgate USA was dedicated in 1955, boasting over 80 retail stores, including JCPenney, Sears, and May Company. In 2002, the GCRTA dedicated its Southgate Transit Center, serving as a connection between multiple bus lines between Downtown Cleveland, Bedford, Shaker Heights, East Cleveland, and the Summit County Line.
Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries (1970-Present)
With deficit fund balances of over $2.8 million and defaults on 3 loan payments, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost declared the City to be in fiscal emergency in February 2015. Since February 2015, the City improved its finances and budgeting since with fund balances increasing and the general fund balance becoming positive in 2019--the first time since the fiscal emergency declaration. The City was released from fiscal emergency on November 18, 2020 by the Auditor of State; in the press release, Auditor of State Keith Faber said, "I applaud the leaders of the City for making the sacrifices and hard decisions that should provide residents a fiscally responsible community."
In 2020, Governor Mike DeWine announced that GOJO Industries, makers of Purell, would establish a manufacturing facility in the City in the 325,000 square foot former Blue Coral building on Lee Road South. The Maple Heights facility was projected to bring 100 new jobs to the City.
As of the census of 2010, there were 23,138 people, 9,515 households, and 6,035 families living in the city. The population density was 4,475.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,728.0/km2). There were 10,894 housing units at an average density of 2,107.2 per square mile (813.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 68.2% African American, 28.0% White, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 9,515 households, of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.0% were married couples living together, 25.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.05.
The median age in the city was 39.2 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,156 people, 10,489 households, and 6,964 families living in the city. The population density was 5,039.1 people per square mile (1,945.8/km2). There were 10,935 housing units at an average density of 2,106.7 per square mile (813.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 51.65% White, 44.34% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.
There were 10,489 households, of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18and over, there were 82.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,414, and the median income for a family was $48,580. Males had a median income of $35,268versus $28,023 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,676. About 4.7% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
The City has had 16 people serve as mayor, including current mayor, Annette M. Blackwell. In total, the city has had 16 mayors, including the city's current mayor, with 2 mayors having served in non-consecutive terms. Between the city's founding and the current administration, there have been a total of 18 mayoral administrations. Mayor Blackwell was elected in 2015 as the first female and first African American mayor in the city's history.
The council has seven members, with each member representing a portion of the city, known as a district. The City of Maple Heights has a municipal election on November 2, 2021 with Council President and Councilmembers for Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 up for election. Before the General Election in 2017, Council President and Councilmembers were elected every two years. Following the approval of Issue 68, Council President and Councilmembers are elected for four year terms with even numbered District Councilmembers elected in 2019 and every four years thereafter and odd numbered District Councilmembers elected in 2017 and every four years thereafter.
Member of the City Council include:
- Ron Jackson, council president
- Leonette F. Cicirella, clerk of council
- Stafford L. Shenett, Sr., District 1 councilman
- Toni Jones, District 2 councilwoman
- Christian Ostenson, District 3 councilman
- Dana Anderson, District 4 councilwoman
- Tanglyn Madden, District 5 councilwoman
- Richard Trojanski, District 6 councilman
- Edwina Agee, District 7 councilwoman
The city's public school system is the Maple Heights City School District. The District is managed by a superintendent and a directly elected board. The school district has 5 schools:
- Abraham Lincoln School (PreK - Grade 1)
- John F. Kennedy School (Grade 2 - Grade 3)
- Barack Obama School (Grade 4 - Grade 5)
- Milkovich Middle School (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
- Maple Heights High School (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
- Castle High School - East is a public charter school on Warrensville Center Road serving Grades 9 - 12.
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