Introduction to University Heights, Ohio

University Heights, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 6 miles S of Euclid, Ohio (center to center) and 8 miles E of Cleveland, Ohio. The city is included in the Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,146 people lived in University Heights.

University Heights History

What is now known as the city of University Heights was initially part of the Warrensville Township. It was incorporated as Idlewood Village in 1908. The John Carroll University moved to this region in 1925 which is why it was renamed "University Heights". The establishment of this college also led to rapid development in this area. It gained the status of a city in 1940. University Heights has been nicknamed the "City of Beautiful Homes".

University Heights and nearby Attractions

  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • Grasselli Library
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Six Flags Worlds of Adventure

Things To Do In University Heights

In University Heights, one can visit the city halls, libraries, and auditoriums such as the University Heights City Hall, the Rodman Hall, the University Heights Public Library, the Grasselli Library, and the Kulas Auditorium. Other interesting sites nearby are the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The Saint Francis Chapel in the city is a beautiful church worth visiting. One can also visit the Johnson Natatorium, the Schweickert Field, and the Wasmer Field, or simply spend a fun day at the Cedar Center Plaza Shopping Center and the Cedar-Green Shopping Center.

University Heights Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Cuyahoga County Airport.

University Heights Higher Education

Higher educational institutes near the city of University Heights include John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College District.


Total Population 13,404
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 11.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,571
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 63.7%
Median Earnings25+ $44,017
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,042
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,904


Median Family Income $88,846
% Above Poverty Level 86.9%
% Below Poverty Level 13.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%


People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,040
Median House Value $160,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.5%
Irish 15.9%

University Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of Euclid, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles E of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44118, 44122
Phone Area Codes 216
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.497
Longitude -81.537

University 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 17.6 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
Distance 19.3 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 ELYRIA 3 E
Distance 27.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, University 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 11,855 $112,319
Cleveland Heights 45,657 $74,945
East Cleveland 17,619 $28,013
Lyndhurst 13,856 $80,342

University Heights Public Libraries

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Serves 87 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.2

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