Introduction to Shaker Heights, Ohio

Shaker Heights, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 8 miles S of Euclid, Ohio and 8 miles E of Cleveland, Ohio. The city is located in the Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria metropolitan area. Shaker Heights has a population of 29,405.

Shaker Heights History

The present-day city of Shaker Heights was first settled in around 1822. At that time, it was a part of the North Union Settlement, established by Ralph Russell. M.J. Van Sweringen and O.P. Van Sweringen purchased the land in 1905. They planned to develop it as the first garden styled suburb of Ohio. The area was incorporated in 1912 as Shaker Village. It was named after the Shakers, who founded the religious community of the United Society of Believers during the 19th century. In the 1930s, Shaker Heights became a city.

Shaker Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Shaker Historical Museum
  • African American Museum
  • Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum
  • South Chagrin Reservation
  • Cleveland Lakefront State Park
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Shaker Heights

Recreational activities offered by Shaker Heights include ice hockey, swimming, a soccer complex, children’s playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts and football fields. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Edgewater Beach are all nearby and are very popular among tourists and locals.

Shaker Heights Transportation

Air transportation is available from Cuyahoga County Airport.

Shaker Heights Higher Education

John Carroll University, Baldwin - Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University, Lakeland Community College and Cleveland State University provide opportunities for higher education to the residents of Shaker Heights.


Total Population 27,934
Male Share of the Population 45.5%
Female Share of the Population 54.5%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 13,193
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 53.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $106,659
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5.5%


People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $936
Median House Value $213,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.2%
US/American 0.4%
English 9.7%
Irish 10.1%

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

Shaker Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Euclid, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles E of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44118, 44120, 44122
Phone Area Codes 216
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.473
Longitude -81.537

Shaker 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 17 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 19.8 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
Station AKRON
Distance 27 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Orange Village (44122)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beachwood 11,801 $111,586
Highland Hills 950 $51,250

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

Shaker Heights Public Libraries

Shaker Heights Public Library
Shaker Heights, Ohio
(216) 991-2030
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Shaker Heights High Schools

Serves 1,806 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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