Introduction to Berea, Ohio

Berea, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 7 miles W of Parma, Ohio (center to center) and 12 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio. The city is in the Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria area. 

Berea History

The first European settlers arrived in this area from Connecticut. Among them was the Revolutionary War veteran, Abram Hickox, who purchased a plot which today is called the Middleburg Heights. This was in the early part of the 19th century. In 1809, his nephew, Jared Hickox, arrived in the area with his family and set up a family farm. Abijah Bagley, who married Jared’s daughter, later took over the farm and turned it into a successful concern. In 1828, John Baldwin discovered the grindstone quarries in the area which had a profound impact on the fortunes of the region. He named the place "Berea" after the Biblical city of the same name. Before concrete came into use, these grindstones were an important construction material and to this day Berea is known as the "Grindstone Capital of the World."

Berea and Nearby Attractions

  • Berea Historical Society
  • Art and Drama Center
  • Burrell Observatory
  • Marting Hall
  • Wallace Lake
  • Dora Lee Payne Park

Things To Do In Berea

Berea offers visitors the opportunity to explore several historical sites in, and near, the city including the museums at the Berea Historical Society, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and the Ukrainian Museum-Archives. The 65-room country house of Goodyear co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his wife, called the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, is another place worth visiting. The city also has a number of halls and administration buildings that one can visit. Apart from this, the banks of the beautiful Wallace Lake and the Baldwin Lake are popular tourist spots. Berea also offers a number of picnic areas and amusement parks that provide recreational opportunities for both children and adults. The churches and cemeteries around the city have retained the old-world atmosphere. In addition, the Parkway Shops Shopping Center, the Bagley Plaza Shopping Center and the Berea Plaza Shopping Center are ideal places for shopping enthusiasts.

Berea Transportation

Cleveland-Hopkins International is the local airport.

Berea Higher Education

For higher education, students can enroll at the local Baldwin-Wallace College. Other institutes nearby include the Cleveland State University, the Cuyahoga Community College District and the Lorain County Community College.


Total Population 19,001
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,802
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 39%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33%
Median Earnings25+ $36,954
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,278
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,583


Median Family Income $73,618
% Above Poverty Level 90.3%
% Below Poverty Level 9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $704
Median House Value $125,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.5%
Irish 20.3%

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

Berea Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles W of Parma, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44017
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.366
Longitude -81.854

Berea Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.4 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 20 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Distance 37.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brook Park 18,956 $59,304
Fairview Park 16,552 $73,277
Middleburg Heights 15,790 $77,373

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

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