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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,949
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+9,737
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married39.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.9%
Median Earnings25+$39,598
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,503
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,375

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,306
% Above Poverty Level88.7%
% Below Poverty Level11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone37.6%
Median Gross Rent$753
Median House Value$129,000

Ancestry

Irish20.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.3%
English11.4%
Italian10.3%
Polish9.7%
Hungarian5.6%
Slovak3.6%
Scottish3.5%
French Except Basque2.2%
Greek1.5%
Dutch1.5%
Czech1.4%
Slovene1.2%
Russian1.1%
Arab0.9%
Romanian0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Swiss0.7%
African0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Lebanese0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Ethiopian0.1%
US/American0.1%
German0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
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Berea Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cuyahoga County
Standard Zip Codes44017
Phone Area Codes440
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.36
Approximate Longitude-81.86

Berea Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCLEVELAND HOPKNS INTL AP
Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 33 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp44 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.7 inches
StationOBERLIN
Distance20 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationCHARDON
Distance37.9 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp58 to 80 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip47.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brook Park18,875$60,571
Fairview Park16,473$73,688
Middleburg Heights15,724$80,728
North Olmsted32,108$74,159
Olmsted Falls8,889$79,699
Strongsville44,622$102,639

Berea Public Schools

Berea-midpark High School
165 E Bagley Rd
ZIP: 44017
(216) 898-8900
High
Total Enrollment 1670
Grindstone Elementary School
191 Race St
ZIP: 44017
(216) 898-8305
Primary
Total Enrollment 907

Berea Private Schools

Family Life Center Kindergarten
555 W Bagley Rd
ZIP: 44017
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
St Mary School
265 Baker St
ZIP: 44017
Elementary
Total Enrollment 345
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