Introduction to Bedford Heights, Ohio

Bedford Heights, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 10 miles E of Parma, Ohio (center to center) and 10 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio. The city, which is in the Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria area, has 11,375 residents.

Bedford Heights History

This region was once a part of the Western Reserve of Connecticut, and was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795. The land was considered particularly valuable due to abundant waterpower and lush timber. Elijah Nobles, the first settler, arrived in 1813. The township of Bedford, which was created on April 7, 1823, included the present-day communities of Oakwood Village, Maple Heights, Bedford, Bedford Heights, and Walton Hills. Bedford Heights became an independent community and was officially incorporated as a village on February 20, 1951. In 1958, Bedford Heights was granted city status, and the charter took effect in 1960.

Bedford Heights and Nearby Attractions

  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Brecksville Reservation
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Bedford Heights

Bedford Heights offers easy access to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, the mansion where the 20th President of United States spent the last few years of his life. Cleveland Museum of Natural History houses collections of specimens related to zoology, wildlife biology, astronomy, geology, paleontology, and botany. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, visitors can view exhibits of musical instruments, audio, handwritten lyrics, and other memorabilia celebrating 50 years of music. On the other hand, Cleveland Museum of Art showcases collections of African, Asian, medieval, decorative, and contemporary arts. Bedford Reservation, Big Creek Reservation, and Brecksville Reservation offer opportunities for golfing, picnicking, hiking, and horseback riding. Other popular attractions near Bedford Heights are the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Tinkers Creek State Park, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Goodtimes Amusement Park.

Bedford Heights Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

Bedford Heights Higher Education

John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and Notre Dame College of Ohio are some of the colleges near Bedford Heights.


Total Population 10,665
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 19.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,510
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 33.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,996
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,316
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,591


Median Family Income $50,123
% Above Poverty Level 85.1%
% Below Poverty Level 14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 5.4%


People Living Alone 41%
Median Gross Rent $723
Median House Value $101,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 73.2%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 4.9%

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

Bedford Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles E of Parma, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44128, 44146
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.416
Longitude -81.527

Bedford Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 16.8 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
Distance 21.2 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
Distance 33 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Oakwood Village (44146)

Orange Village (44128, 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 12,868 $54,692
Highland Hills 950 $51,250
Maple Heights 22,792 $45,343

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

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