Introduction to Parma, Ohio

Parma is located in Cuyahoga County and is the largest suburb for the city of Cleveland. Parma is home to prominent offices of General Motors, Cox Cable Television and Union Carbide Research Center. In 2003 Parma received national attention for the transmission line failure which contributed to the well known Northeast Blackout of 2003.


The first settlers in the region were Benaiah Fay and his family. They migrated from the state of New York and named the city in tribute to Parma, New York which had been named after Parma, Italy. The city had an agricultural based economy during the 19th century. In 1924 it was incorporated as a village. The population experienced significant growth after World War II ended. A large portion of the new residents arrived from the Polish and Eastern European communities of nearby Cleveland.

Local and Nearby Attractions

  • Hungarian Scout Festival
  • Stearns Homestead Fall Festival
  • Big Creek Reservation
  • Stearns Homestead
  • Gibbs House
  • Dunham Tavern Museum
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Ukrainian Museum Archives
  • Parmatown Mall
  • The Powerhouse
  • Jacobs Field
  • Parma Theatre
  • Henninger House


The county features a large number of golf courses. Parma residents enjoy the numerous parks which provide opportunities for swimming, bicycle riding, ice skating as well as other outdoor activities. Nearby Cleveland offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment for the residents of Parma.

The nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers numerous scenic trails for hiking and bicycle riding. Interesting formations made from stone are located throughout the park. The numerous waterfalls, scenic rolling hills, steep ravines, wildlife and the river that flows through the park attract a vast amount of visitors to the park. Visitors enjoy the art exhibits, the special event railroad tours provided by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad as well as outdoor concerts.

Higher Education

There are 15 colleges located in the county.


Total Population 80,380
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 39,300
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $34,502
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,016
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,337


Median Family Income $61,857
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $748
Median House Value $109,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 5%
Irish 14.9%

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

Parma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles S of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44129, 44130, 44131, 44133, 44134
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.404
Longitude -81.723

Parma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.6 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 24.7 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 26.9 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, Parma, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Briggs (44134)

Midpark (44130)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brook Park 18,956 $59,304
Brooklyn 11,002 $51,116
Brooklyn Heights 1,526 $72,708
Cuyahoga Heights 616 $61,750

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

Parma Public Libraries

Cuyahoga County Public Library
2111 SNOW RD.
Parma, Ohio
(216) 398-1800

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Parma Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(440) 743-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Parma High Schools

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Serves 1,604 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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