Brecksville, Ohio

Brecksville, Ohio
—  City  —
Brecksville, Ohio
Location of Brecksville in Ohio
Location of Brecksville in Cuyahoga County
Coordinates: 41°18′36″N 81°37′44″W / 41.31°N °W / 41.31; -81.62889
Country United States
State Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Government
 - Mayor Jerry N. Hruby
Area
 - Total  dunams (50.8 km2 / 19.6 sq mi)
 - Land
 - Water
Elevation
Population (2000)
 - Total 13382
 Density
 - Urban density
 - Rural density
 - Metro density
 -  Density
 -  Density
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44141
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-08364
GNIS feature ID 1064483
Website http://www.brecksville.oh.us/

Brecksville is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, thirteen miles south of the county seat of Cleveland. The population was 13,382 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Brecksville is located at (41.309904, -81.628894).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.6 square miles (50.8 km²), all of it land. Brecksville has a significant portion of its area within the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, with a number of rivers and wooded valleys. Brecksville's eastern border is traversed by the Cuyahoga River and borders Sagamore Hills Township and Boston Township, southern border Richfield Township (all three townships in Summit County), western border Broadview Heights and northern border Independence.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,382 people, 5,033 households, and 3,754 families residing in the city. The population density was 682.4 people per square mile (263.5/km²). There were 5,206 housing units at an average density of 265.5/sq mi (102.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.91% White, 1.85% African American, 0.03% Native American, 2.56% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

There were 5,033 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 1.2% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $76,159, and the median income for a family was $86,848. Males had a median income of $65,382 versus $39,912 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,838. About 1.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

History

Brecksville was founded in the lands of the Western Reserve in 1811, four years after several men — including Colonel John Breck — purchased the surrounding area. After the land was surveyed, Seth Payne, one of the surveyors, brought his family and settled in the area in June 1811, and he was soon followed by many other families. Although Colonel Breck never lived in Brecksville, his three sons did, and members of his family continued to live in Brecksville until 1934, when his great-grandson Dr. Theodore Breck died.

Brecksville was incorporated as a village in 1921, and it gained the status of city in 1960.[1]

Transportation and economy

Brecksville is located near or on a number of highways that provide access to neighboring communities. Its major thoroughfares are State Route 21 (Brecksville Road) north and south, and State Route 82 (Royalton Road west of SR 21, Chippewa Road east of SR 21). I-77 provides access to Cleveland and Akron, while I-80 (the Ohio Turnpike) provides access to Toledo and Pennsylvania. Accordingly, a significant portion of people living in Brecksville commute to nearby cities for work.

Cleveland RTA and Akron Metro buslines converge in Brecksville at the VA Medical Center off Brecksville Road. This gives easy access to either Cleveland or Akron and outlying areas without having to drive.

Emergency sirens

Brecksville agreed to a Civil Defense Siren system with other cities in Cuyahoga County. The city has 4 sirens from American Signal Corporation and Whelen Engineering Company.

Education

see Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

Brecksville shares a school system with its neighboring city, Broadview Heights. There are three elementary schools (Hilton Elementary, Highland Drive Elementary, Chippewa Elementary), an intermediate school (Central School), a junior high school, and a high school in the system.

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights school system has received various awards for excellence in education. Most recently, the Chippewa and Hilton Elementary Schools were awarded the "School of Distinction" honor by the State Superintendent of Schools [2] and Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School was one of only 14 public schools in Ohio nominated by the Ohio Department of Education for the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award in 2008.[2]

Officials

Jerry N. Hruby is currently in his sixth term as mayor of Brecksville. He also serves as the city's Safety Director.

Surrounding communities

See also

Historic homes - The Colson House in Brecksville, Ohio, was built around 1838 by Bolter and Harriet (Waite) Colson.

References

  1. History, Brecksville city website, 2004. Accessed 2007-05-04.
  2. a b BBHCSD - District News