Introduction to Rocky River, Ohio

Rocky River, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 2 miles W of Lakewood, Ohio (center to center) and 7 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio. The city is conveniently located inside the Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria metropolitan area. There are an estimated 20,735 people in Rocky River.

Rocky River History

Rocky River was founded in 1805. At that time it was a part of the Rockport Township. The first bridge across the Rocky River was built in 1821. The wooden toll bridge was replaced in 1890 by an iron bridge. In 1891, Rocky River was formed as a hamlet. Later in 1903, it was incorporated as a village. The Detroit - Rocky River Bridge was constructed in 1910. Rocky River was reincorporated in 1930 as a city.

Rocky River and nearby Attractions

  • Rocky River Reservation
  • Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
  • Lakewood Park
  • Brookside Park
  • Bradley Woods Reservation
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Things To Do In Rocky River

You can visit the Rocky River Public Library during your leisure hours. The Scenic Park Picnic Area is an ideal place to spend a day trip with your family. You can also visit the Rocky River Reservation, Sea Shell Marina, Memorial Field Park, and Linden Park. The shopping centers of the city are Detroit-Linda Shopping Center, Westwood Town Center Shopping Center, Rocky River Shopping Center, and Beachcliff Market Square Shopping Center.

Rocky River Transportation

Cleveland - Hopkins International Airport is close to the city.

Rocky River Higher Education

The nearest colleges and universities are Baldwin - Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College District.


Total Population 20,187
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 23.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,760
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 51.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $98,397
% Above Poverty Level 95.1%
% Below Poverty Level 4.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%


People Living Alone 39.8%
Median Gross Rent $801
Median House Value $207,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
US/American 0%
English 10%
Irish 26.8%

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

Rocky River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles W of Lakewood, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44116
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.475
Longitude -81.839

Rocky River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.3 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
Distance 24.3 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 34.8 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
Bay Village 15,469 $102,654
Brook Park 18,956 $59,304
Brooklyn 11,002 $51,116
Fairview Park 16,552 $73,277
Lakewood 51,155 $62,835

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

Rocky River Public Libraries

Rocky River Public Library
Rocky River, Ohio
(440) 333-7610
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Rocky River High Schools

Serves 827 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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The Outlet (Rocky River) between 1910 and 1920

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The Outlet (Rocky River) between 1910 and 1920

High bridge (Rocky River) between 1910 and 1920

High bridge (Rocky River) between 1900 and 1915

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