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Overview

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. 

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,273
Male Share of the Population45.1%
Female Share of the Population54.9%
Senior Citizens22.9%
Employed Population 16+9,892
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married49.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher55.7%
Median Earnings25+$52,618
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,094

Wealth

Median Family Income$102,917
% Above Poverty Level94.9%
% Below Poverty Level5.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone38.9%
Median Gross Rent$862
Median House Value$223,100

Ancestry

Irish27.9%
Italian10.6%
English10.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9%
Polish6.7%
French Except Basque3.8%
Hungarian3.6%
Slovak3.5%
Scottish3%
Welsh2.5%
Arab2.5%
Czech2.2%
Romanian1.9%
Dutch1.6%
Slovene1.5%
Swiss1.4%
Greek1.3%
Croatian1.3%
Albanian1.1%
Lithuanian1.1%
Swedish1.1%
Russian0.9%
Lebanese0.8%
Canadian0.8%
Palestinian0.7%
Austrian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Iranian0.4%
Serbian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
African0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
German0.2%
Finnish0.2%
US/American0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Portuguese0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
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Rocky River Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cuyahoga County
Standard Zip Codes44116
Phone Area Codes216,440
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.47
Approximate Longitude-81.85

Rocky River 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
Distance5.3 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
Distance24.3 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
Distance34.8 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
Bay Village15,426$113,797
Brook Park18,807$60,886
Brooklyn10,891$54,146
Fairview Park16,432$74,024
Lakewood50,778$75,492
Westlake32,387$104,720

Rocky River Public Libraries

Rocky River Public Library
1600 HAMPTON RD.
Rocky River, Ohio
(440) 333-7610

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Rocky River Public Schools

Goldwood Primary Elementary School
21600 Center Ridge Rd
ZIP: 44116
(440) 356-6720
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Kensington Intermediate Elementary School
20140 Lake Rd
ZIP: 44116
(440) 356-6770
Primary
Total Enrollment 646
Rocky River High School
20951 Detroit Rd
ZIP: 44116
(440) 356-6800
High
Total Enrollment 854
Rocky River Middle School
1631 Lakeview Ave
ZIP: 44116
(440) 356-6870
Middle
Total Enrollment 649

Rocky River Private Schools

Le Chaperon Rouge
19315 Hilliard Blvd
ZIP: 44116
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
Lutheran High West
3850 Linden Rd
ZIP: 44116
Secondary
Total Enrollment 443
Ruffing Montessori School
1285 Orchard Park Dr
ZIP: 44116
Elementary
Total Enrollment 250
St Christopher School
1610 Lakeview Ave
ZIP: 44116
Elementary
Total Enrollment 468
St Thomas Lutheran School
21211 Detroit Rd
ZIP: 44116
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
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Historic Rocky River

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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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