Olmsted Falls, Ohio
|• Mayor||James Patrick Graven|
|• Total||4.08 sq mi (10.57 km2)|
|• Land||4.08 sq mi (10.57 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||774 ft (236 m)|
|• Density||2,100/sq mi (820/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1072238|
Olmsted Falls is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 8,582 at the 2020 census. A southwestern suburb of Cleveland, it is part of the Cleveland metropolitan area. The city's main business district is located at the corners of Bagley and Columbia Roads and contains the Grand Pacific Junction, a historic district.
After contact with the New World, the land that became Olmsted Falls was originally part of the French colony of 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.
The whole tract was purchased by Aaron Olmsted in 1806, including portions of what is now North Olmsted, North Ridgeville and Middleburg Heights. Olmsted Falls was farmed in 1814 by James Geer who eventually built a home the following year. That portion was known as Westview after Calvin and Lmul Hoadley built a mill on the Rocky River in West View. Later, at least three sawmills were built along the Rocky River in Olmsted Falls, becoming the main industry, after farming. The first was built by Watrous Usher, around 1825 near the center of the village. A second was built on Columbia Road by N. P. Loomis around 1836. Tom Stokes and Sylvester Alcott operated a third mill sometime before 1873.
Olmsted Falls was declared a city in 1970, having attained over 5,000 residents to qualify under state rules. In the same year a group of residents sought to merge Olmsted Falls and Westview Village. The suggested contract was approved by over 90% of voters in each community. The name Westview, while not on any historic maps, exists through the comic strip Funky Winkerbean drawn by West View native Tom Batiuk. The government is non-partisan and is governed by a charter again written by a group of citizens and presented to the electorate for a vote which was approved.
The town restricts building along the banks of the Rocky River and Plum Creek. It also is physically crossed by two major railroads. CSX a, NE/SW road and Norfolk Southern which is a mainline east–west configuration.
Vitamix World Headquarters is located in Olmsted Falls.
As of the census of 2010, there were 9,024 people, 3,684 households, and 2,431 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,190.3 inhabitants per square mile (845.7/km2). There were 3,897 housing units at an average density of 945.9 per square mile (365.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 2.0% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.
There were 3,684 households, of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.0% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.
The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 31% were from 45 to 64; and 13.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,962 people, 3,121 households, and 2,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,927.2 inhabitants per square mile (744.1/km2). There were 3,267 housing units at an average density of 790.8 per square mile (305.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.71% White, 1.31% African American, 0.99% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population. As of 2006, the population is estimated to be 10,000+.
There were 3,121 households, out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city the population was spread out, with 26.6% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $57,826, and the median income for a family was $66,196. Males had a median income of $41,996 versus $35,110 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,716. About 1.2% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
The mayor is the ceremonial head of government. The mayor is full-time and presides over city council meetings, has the power to veto council actions, and also acts as the Safety Director for the city.
James Patrick Graven was elected mayor on December 5, 2017 after receiving over 60% of the vote in a special runoff election. He was narrowly elected to a second term in November 2021.
The City Council of Olmsted Falls consists of seven members elected to two year terms; Council President, Council President Pro-Tempore, Council-At-Large, Clerk of Council, representative for Ward 1, representative for Ward 2, representative for Ward 3, and representative for Ward 4. It is a "strong Council - weak Mayor" form of government, with the Mayor not holding any voting rights on Council.
The Current Olmsted Falls City Council as of October 2023 is: Cornel Munteanu, Council President; Brian Chitester, Council Pro-Tempore; Megan Coy, Council-At-Large; Jay McFadden, Council Ward 1; Sean Wolanin, Council Ward 2; Yvonne Buchholz, Council Ward 3; Scott Saari, Council Ward 4
The Mayor's Court of Olmsted Falls is located in the City Hall building.
Olmsted Falls is served by the public Olmsted Falls City School District. There are five schools in the school system; Early Childhood Center, Falls-Lenox Primary School, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Olmsted Falls Middle School, and Olmsted Falls High School.
- Stetson Allie, Major League Baseball pitcher and outfielder
- Mamie Colvin, temperance activist
- Mike Gansey, professional basketball executive and former player who is currently the general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association
- Steve Gansey, former basketball player and coach
- Norb Hecker, American football player and coach who was part of eight National Football League championship teams
- Lora Hirschberg, sound engineer
- Mickey Mental, head football coach at Weber State University
- Dan Monahan, actor
- Katie Moon, Olympic pole vaulting gold medalist
- Philip Yenyo, Native American civil rights activist
- Sean Zawadzki, professional soccer player for the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer
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