Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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Cuyahoga County
County of Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Downtown Cleveland
Official seal of Cuyahoga County
Seal
Etymology: Cuyahoga River
Interactive map outlining Cuyahoga County
Map of Cuyahoga County within Ohio
Map of Cuyahoga County within Ohio
Coordinates: 41°32′24″N 81°39′36″W / 41.54000°N 81.66000°W / 41.54000; -81.66000
CUYAHOGA COUNTY OHIO Latitude and Longitude:

41°32′24″N 81°39′36″W / 41.54000°N 81.66000°W / 41.54000; -81.66000
Country United States
State Ohio
Region Northeast Ohio
FoundedMay 1, 1810
Named for Cuyahoga River
County seat Cleveland
Government
 • County Executive Armond Budish
Area
 • Total1,246 sq mi (3,230 km2)
 • Land457 sq mi (1,180 km2)
 • Water788 sq mi (2,040 km2)
Elevation
653 ft (199 m)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total1,235,072
 • Density2,710/sq mi (1,047/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 ( EST)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC−4 ( EDT)
Congressional districts 9th, 11th, 14th, 16th Cuyahoga
Largest cityCleveland
Website www.cuyahogacounty.us

Cuyahoga County ( /ˌk.əˈhɒɡə/ or /ˌk.əˈhɡə/ [1] [2] [3] [4]) is located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, across the U.S.-Canada maritime border. As of the 2019 United States Census estimates, its population was 1,235,072, making it the second-most-populous county in the state. [5]

The county seat and largest city is Cleveland. [6] The county is bisected by the Cuyahoga River, which serves as its namesake. The name is derived from the Iroquoian word Cuyahoga, which means "crooked river". [7] Cuyahoga County forms the core of the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area and the Cleveland–Akron–Canton combined statistical area.

Former U.S. President James A. Garfield was born in what was Cuyahoga County's Orange Township.

History

Cuyahoga County in 1874

After the discovery of the New World, the land that became Cuyahoga County was originally part of the French colony of Canada (New France), which was ceded in 1763 to Great Britain and renamed Province of Quebec. In the late 18th century, the land became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the Northwest Territory, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795.

Cuyahoga County was created on June 7, 1807, and organized on May 1, 1810. [8] [9] It was reduced by the creation of Huron, Lake, and Lorain Counties. [10] It was named after the Cuyahoga River.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 1,246 sq mi (3,230 km2), of which 457 sq mi (1,180 km2) are land and 788 sq mi (2,040 km2) (63%) are covered by water. [11] It is the second-largest county in Ohio by area. A portion of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is in the county's southeastern section.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
18101,459—    
18206,328+333.7%
183010,373+63.9%
184026,506+155.5%
185048,099+81.5%
186078,033+62.2%
1870132,010+69.2%
1880196,943+49.2%
1890309,970+57.4%
1900439,120+41.7%
1910637,425+45.2%
1920943,495+48.0%
19301,201,455+27.3%
19401,217,250+1.3%
19501,389,532+14.2%
19601,647,895+18.6%
19701,721,300+4.5%
19801,498,400−12.9%
19901,412,140−5.8%
20001,393,978−1.3%
20101,280,122−8.2%
2019*1,235,072−3.5%
* = Population estimate.
Source: U.S. Decennial Census [12]
1790-1960 [13] 1900-1990 [14]
1990-2000 [15] 2010-2019 [16] [17]
Largest ancestries (2010) Percent
German 17.4%
Irish 13.0%
Italian 9.2%
Polish 8.6%
English 6.3%
Slovak 3.3%
Cuyahoga County population (Source: United States Census, 2000)

As of the 2010 census, 1,280,122 people, 571,457 households, and 319,996 families were residing in the county. The population density was 2,800 people/sq mi (1,081/km2). The 621,763 housing units averaged 1,346 per sq mi (520/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 63.6% White, 29.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.6% Asian (0.9% Indian, 0.7% Chinese, 0.3% Filipino, 0.2% Korean, 0.2% Vietnamese, 0.1% Japanese), 1.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. About 4.8% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race (3.1% Puerto Rican, 0.7% Mexican, 0.1% Dominican, 0.1% Guatemalan). [18] by heritage, 16.5% were of German, 12.8% Irish, 8.8% Italian, 8.1% Polish, 5.9% English, 3.7% Slovak, and 3.1% Hungarian.

Sizable numbers of Russians (1.7%), French, (1.4%), Arabs (1.4%), Ukrainians (1.2%), and Greeks (0.7%) are present; 88.4% spoke English, 3.7% Spanish, and 4.9% some other Indo-European language. [19] 7.3% of the population were foreign-born (of which 44.4% were born in Europe, 36.3% Asia, and 12.1% Latin America). [19] [20]

Of the 571,457 households, 28.50% had children under 18 living with them, 42.40% were married couples living together, 15.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.90% were not families. About 32.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39, and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the age distribution was 25.00% under 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,603, and for a family was $58,631. The per capita income for the county was $26,263. About 10.30% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over. [21]

Government

The Cuyahoga County Council and Executive exercise direct government over unincorporated areas of Cuyahoga County. As of 2012, this consisted of two small areas: Chagrin Falls Township and Olmsted Township. [22]

Cuyahoga County had long been led by a three-member Board of County Commissioners. In July 2008, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents began raiding the offices of Cuyahoga County Commissioners and those of a wide range of cities, towns, and villages across Cuyahoga County. The investigation revealed extensive bribery and corruption across the area, affecting hundreds of millions of dollars in county contracts and business. The investigation led to the arrest of county commissioner Jimmy Dimora; county auditor Frank Russo; MetroHealth vice president John J. Carroll; former Strongsville councilman Patrick Coyne; former Ohio District Courts of Appeals judge Anthony O. Calabrese III; former Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge Bridget McCafferty; Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald McFaul; former Cleveland City Council member Sabra Pierce Scott; Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge Steven Terry; and a wide range of attorneys, building inspectors, consultants, contractors, school district employees, and mid and low level county workers. [23]

On November 3, 2009, county voters overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a new county charter, which replaced the three-commissioner form of county government with an elected county executive and county prosecutor, and an 11-member county council. Each council member represents a single geographic district, with no at-large districts. The elected offices of auditor, clerk of courts, coroner, engineer, recorder, sheriff, and treasurer were abolished. The county executive was given authority to appoint individuals to these offices, which became part of the executive branch of the county. Summit County is the only other Ohio county with this form of government. [24]

In the November 2, 2010, election, Lakewood Mayor Ed FitzGerald (D) defeated Matt Dolan (R) to become the first Cuyahoga County Executive. [25] The first Cuyahoga County Council was also elected, with Democrats winning eight seats, while Republicans won three. [26]

Politics

Cuyahoga County is heavily Democratic in voter registration, with a majority having voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in every election since 1972.

United States presidential election results for Cuyahoga County, Ohio [27]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 202,699 32.32% 416,176 66.36% 8,285 1.32%
2016 184,212 30.25% 398,276 65.41% 26,391 4.33%
2012 190,660 29.55% 447,273 69.32% 7,329 1.14%
2008 199,880 29.95% 458,422 68.70% 8,997 1.35%
2004 221,600 32.89% 448,503 66.57% 3,674 0.55%
2000 192,099 33.42% 359,913 62.62% 22,770 3.96%
1996 163,770 29.15% 341,357 60.75% 56,765 10.10%
1992 187,186 29.24% 337,548 52.72% 115,507 18.04%
1988 249,439 41.02% 353,401 58.11% 5,277 0.87%
1984 284,094 43.60% 362,626 55.65% 4,913 0.75%
1980 254,883 41.47% 307,448 50.02% 52,351 8.52%
1976 255,594 41.01% 349,186 56.03% 18,442 2.96%
1972 329,493 49.94% 317,670 48.15% 12,588 1.91%
1968 238,791 35.44% 363,540 53.95% 71,508 10.61%
1964 196,436 28.50% 492,911 71.50% 0 0.00%
1960 288,056 40.17% 429,030 59.83% 0 0.00%
1956 353,474 53.72% 304,558 46.28% 0 0.00%
1952 329,465 50.34% 324,962 49.66% 0 0.00%
1948 214,889 43.80% 257,958 52.58% 17,781 3.62%
1944 217,824 39.71% 330,659 60.29% 0 0.00%
1940 209,070 37.59% 347,118 62.41% 0 0.00%
1936 128,947 27.12% 311,117 65.44% 35,354 7.44%
1932 166,337 44.89% 185,731 50.12% 18,510 4.99%
1928 194,508 53.42% 166,188 45.64% 3,412 0.94%
1924 130,169 49.29% 24,000 9.09% 109,897 41.62%
1920 148,857 64.36% 70,518 30.49% 11,904 5.15%
1916 51,287 39.78% 71,553 55.50% 6,080 4.72%
1912 14,176 13.81% 43,610 42.49% 44,838 43.69%
1908 56,344 55.39% 39,954 39.27% 5,431 5.34%
1904 57,367 62.86% 24,202 26.52% 9,687 10.62%
1900 45,299 50.55% 42,440 47.36% 1,870 2.09%
1896 42,993 52.76% 37,542 46.07% 955 1.17%
1892 26,657 45.63% 29,543 50.58% 2,214 3.79%
1888 25,994 50.92% 23,949 46.92% 1,103 2.16%
1884 24,052 55.15% 18,764 43.02% 797 1.83%
1880 22,123 58.66% 15,130 40.12% 463 1.23%
1876 18,198 55.21% 14,425 43.76% 340 1.03%
1872 14,451 63.75% 8,033 35.44% 184 0.81%
1868 12,582 61.33% 7,933 38.67% 0 0.00%
1864 10,009 63.06% 5,864 36.94% 0 0.00%
1860 8,686 62.45% 4,814 34.61% 408 2.93%
1856 6,360 57.29% 4,446 40.05% 296 2.67%


Education

Colleges and universities

Cuyahoga County is home to a number of higher-education institutions, including:

Health

In 2014, Cuyahoga County ranked 65 out of 88 counties in Ohio for health outcomes. This ranking was based on multiple factors, including: premature death (7,975 years per 100,000 population, of potential life lost), adults who reported having poor or fair health (15%), average number of poor physical-health days reported in a 30-day period (3.3), average number of poor mental-health days reported in a 30-day period (4.1), and the percentage of births with low birth-weight (10.4%). Among these factors, Cuyahoga did worse than the Ohio average in premature death, poor mental-health days, and low birth-weight. Possible explanations as for why Cuyahoga County is lower in health outcomes than the average Ohio county include behavioral factors, access to clinical care, social and economic factors, and environmental factors. [28]

The leading causes of death and disability in Cuyahoga County are chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. [29] The cancer mortality rate for Cuyahoga is 192.7 per 100,000 people, the mortality rate due to heart disease is 204.2 per 100,000 people, and the percentage of adult residents who are obese is 26.2%. [30]

Community comparison of disparities

According to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, a health disparity can be defined as the existence of inequalities that prevent certain members of a population group from benefiting from the same health status as other groups. [31] Cuyahoga County has many health disparities when comparing cities and demographics. The Hough neighborhood of Cleveland and the Lyndhurst area can be compared to illustrate some of the disparities. The communities are both in Cuyahoga County and are less than 10 miles apart. They also have similar populations, but a different racial breakdown according to the 2010 US Census. The Hough neighborhood's population was 16,359 (96.1% Black or African American and 2.1% White American) and the Lyndhurst's population was 14,001 (6.4% Black or African American and 90.3% White American). A 24-year disparity was seen in life expectancy between the communities. [32] Hough neighborhood residents have a life expectancy of 64 years and residents in Lyndhurst have a life expectancy of 88.5 years. [33] The annual median income in the Hough neighborhood is $13,630 [32] while it is $52,272 in Lyndhurst. Data collected from the Center for Community Solutions indicated from 1990 to 2001, the rate of heart disease for residents of the Hough neighborhood was around four times that of Lyndhurst residents. The Lyndhurst rate of accidental deaths was nine times higher than the Hough neighborhood. [33]

Health facilities

Transportation

Airports

Cuyahoga County is served by international, regional, and county airports, including:

Major highways

Rail

Cuyahoga County receives intercity passenger service by Amtrak by way of Lakefront Station in Cleveland, with destinations such as Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and many more.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers scenic excursion service through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park by way of their Rockside Station in Independence.

Freight rail service is provided by Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation, Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad, Cleveland Commercial Railroad, and several other small companies. Norfolk Southern has the largest presence in the county, operating three different lines and several terminal yards.

Public transportation

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, also known as RTA, provides public transportation to Cuyahoga County through a combination of conventional bus, rapid-transit bus, and rail transit services, as well as on-demand services. Several other county agencies also serve Cuyahoga County, mostly through downtown Cleveland.

Greyhound, Barons Bus Lines, and Megabus provide public transportation beyond Cuyahoga County to destinations across the United States.

Recreation

The Cleveland Metroparks system serves Cuyahoga County. Its 16 reservations provide more than 21,000 acres (8,500 ha) of green space and recreational amenities. [34] The county is home to part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which extends southward into Summit County.

Culture

Theaters

Classical music

Museums

Retail

Cuyahoga County has many options for shopping. Some of the well-known shopping areas include:

Communities

Map of Cuyahoga County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

Cities

Villages

Townships

See also

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