Introduction to Bedford, Ohio

Bedford, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 9 miles E of Parma, Ohio (center to center) and 11 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio. The city is included in the Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,214 people lived in Bedford.

Bedford History

The Bedford Township was founded in 1797. It was initially part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. The community derived its name from the city of Bedford in New York. In 1837, the Village of Bedford was established. The late 1800s saw the development of the railroad network in this area. Among the notable personalities belonging to Bedford are Academy award winning actress Halle Berry and baseball hall of fame inductee Elmer Flick.

Bedford and nearby Attractions

  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • Bedford Branch Library
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Bedford Christian Church
  • Willis Picnic Area

Things To Do In Bedford

Visitors interested in learning more about the historical and cultural heritage of Bedford can take a trip to Bedford City Hall and Bedford Branch Library. Also nearby are the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, which was once home of the 20th President of the United States, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Ukrainian Museum-Archives, and the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum. The Willis Picnic Area and the Meadow Brook Market Square Shopping Center are other popular tourist haunts in Bedford.

Bedford Transportation

Cuyahoga County-Airport provides air transportation facilities to residents of Bedford.

Bedford Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are offered by John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College District, and Baldwin-Wallace College.


Total Population 12,868
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,560
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 40.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,477
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,156
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,875


Median Family Income $54,692
% Above Poverty Level 88.3%
% Below Poverty Level 11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%


People Living Alone 39.8%
Median Gross Rent $777
Median House Value $92,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.4%
Irish 7.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bedford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles E of Parma, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44146
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.393
Longitude -81.536

Bedford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
Station AKRON
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bedford, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Oakwood Village (44146)

Orange Village (44146)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bedford Heights 10,665 $50,123
Maple Heights 22,792 $45,343

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bedford Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(440) 735-3900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bedford High Schools

Serves 1,176 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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