Wickliffe, Ohio

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Wickliffe, Ohio
Harry Coulby Mansion
Nickname(s): Wick, Whitekliffe
Motto: "The Gateway to Lake County"
Location of Wickliffe, Ohio
Location of Wickliffe, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°36′34″N 81°28′22″W / 41.60944°N 81.47278°W / 41.60944; -81.47278Coordinates: 41°36′34″N 81°28′22″W / 41.60944°N 81.47278°W / 41.60944; -81.47278
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lake
 • Mayor Bill Margalis
 • Total 4.66 sq mi (12.07 km2)
 • Land 4.64 sq mi (12.02 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation[2] 768 ft (234 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 12,750
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 12,663
 • Density 2,747.8/sq mi (1,060.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44092
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-85036[5]
GNIS feature ID 1061775[2]
Website http://www.cityofwickliffe.com/

Wickliffe is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States. The population was 12,750 at the 2010 census.


Wickliffe is located at 41°36′34″N 81°28′22″W / 41.60944°N 81.47278°W / 41.60944; -81.47278 (41.609398, -81.472905).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.66 square miles (12.07 km2), of which 4.64 square miles (12.02 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1]

City Council[edit]

  • David J. Krych, President
  • Mark A. Iafelice, at-large
  • Sherry Koski, at-large
  • James A. Bala, ward 1
  • Edward C. Matyja, ward 2
  • Ronald P. Ely, ward 3
  • Edward A. Levon, ward 4[citation needed]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,508
1930 2,491 65.2%
1940 3,155 26.7%
1950 5,002 58.5%
1960 15,760 215.1%
1970 21,354 35.5%
1980 16,800 −21.3%
1990 14,558 −13.3%
2000 13,484 −7.4%
2010 12,750 −5.4%
Est. 2012 12,663 −0.7%

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 12,750 people, 5,455 households, and 3,426 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,747.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,060.9/km2). There were 5,780 housing units at an average density of 1,245.7 per square mile (481.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.8% White, 4.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 5,455 households of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. 32.2% 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 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 44 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there are 12,750 people, 5,604 households, 3,754 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,898.2 people per square mile. There are 5,787 housing units at an average density of 1,243.8 per square mile (480.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.37% White, 2.85% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 0.53% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.2% were of Italian, 13.6% German, 13.4% Irish, 9.4% Polish, 9.0% Slovene and 6.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There are 5,604 households out of which 23.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% are married couples living together, 10.3% have a female with no husband present, and 33.0% are non-families. 29.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the city the population is spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $43,500, and the median income for a family is $51,351. Males have a median income of $37,641 versus $27,847 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,194. 6.5% of the population and 3.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.0% of those under the age of 18 and 5.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


The citizens in the City of Wickliffe attend Wickliffe City School District which include Wickliffe Elementary School, grades K-4, Wickliffe Middle School, grades 5-8 and Wickliffe High School, grades 9-12. The public schools mascot are known as The Wickliffe Blue Devils. The community and city fully support a sports, vocal and instrumental music programs at all schools.[citation needed] There is also a Roman Catholic School, Mater Dei Academy, founded in 2010, which offers education for children in pre-school through grade 8.

Higher education[edit]

Wickliffe is home to Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology [1], the Roman Catholic seminary serving the Diocese of Cleveland. It was established in 1848 by the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Louis Amadeus Rappe.[10] It is located at 28700 Euclid Avenue. The seminary was originally a high school built by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. It housed the first Marycrest School for troubled girls. It was not a home for unwed mothers. The Good Shepherd Sisters sold the school building and grounds to the diocese for Boromeo Seminary use in the mid-1940s and moved the school to the Marcus Hanna estate in Independence, Ohio. Marycrest High School closed its doors on September 11, 2001.

It is also home to the Telshe Yeshiva, an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva which originated in Telz, Lithuania, and moved to Wickliffe after Lithuania fell to the Nazis in World War II.[11]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Also in Wickliffe, there are multiple parks scattered throughout. The most well-known being Coulby Park which includes an award winning aquatic center, multiple baseball fields, a pond, and home to City Hall. There's also Jindra Park, Nehls Park, Featherston Park, Orlando Park, and Intihar Park. Three of the parks were renamed after residents who perished in service to the United States of America. (Featherston, Intihar and Jindra Parks).[12]

Coulby Mansion and Park[edit]

The Coulby Mansion and Park were built between 1911 and 1913 by Harry C. Coulby, who was in shipping and Wickliffe's first mayor. It cost over $1 million at the time.[13] This mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Coulby Mansion was Coulby's home until his death on January 18, 1929. It was also once a Catholic girls' school. The city bought the property in 1954 and it currently serves as Wickliffe's City Hall. The previous owners did not damage or remove many original fixtures.[13] Coulby Mansion has sixteen rooms, seven fireplaces, a Tiffany skylight, handcarved walnut mouldings and paneling from Bohemia, and an extensive garden with fountains. The exterior of the building is white glazed terra cotta.[13]

Coulby Mansion is located next to Coulby Park, Wickliffe's main city park,[14] which has trails, a pool facility, extensive playground equipment, and a pond stocked with fish.

At one point in the late 1970s, a car was found in the pond with two people inside. It is unclear whether these people - two local teenagers who had been dating at the time of their disappearance - committed suicide, were involved in an accident, or were victims of a person (or persons) with sinister intentions.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Ohio" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ohio: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology : Welcome!
  11. ^ "Telshe Yeshiva". Access Jewish Cleveland. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.cityofwickliffe.com/departments/recreation-department/parks-and-amenities.html
  13. ^ a b c http://www.cityofwickliffe.com/city-hall/coulby-mansion.html
  14. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/wickliffe/index.ssf/2011/08/historic_wickliffe_woodland_wi.html

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