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Bay Village, Ohio
Winter view of Cleveland's skyline from Huntington Beach
Winter view of Cleveland's skyline from Huntington Beach
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.
Location of Ohio in the United States
Location of Ohio in the United States
Coordinates: 41°29′3″N 81°55′36″W / 41.48417°N 81.92667°W / 41.48417; -81.92667Coordinates: 41°29′3″N 81°55′36″W / 41.48417°N 81.92667°W / 41.48417; -81.92667
Country United States
State Ohio
County Cuyahoga
 • Total 7.05 sq mi (18.27 km2)
 • Land 4.57 sq mi (11.83 km2)
 • Water 2.49 sq mi (6.44 km2)
633 ft (193 m)
 • Total 15,651
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,327.64/sq mi (1,284.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-04416
GNIS feature ID 1064393

Bay Village is a city located west of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The population was 15,651 at the 2010 census. Bay Village is located in Ohio's 9th congressional district.


Before the first white men explored the area around 1600, Erie Indians lived in Bay Village and the surrounding areas. The most important Indian trail in Ohio is present-day Lake Road, which is a main road in Bay Village. In that same century, what is now Bay Village, along with Avon Lake, Avon, and Westlake, was part of one territory. This territory was later called by the whites in a native language, "Xeuma", a term roughly meaning "those who came before us".

The area belonged to Connecticut until 1803, the year in which Ohio became a state. Before 1803, the Connecticut Land Company sold and gave away land in the area to Connecticut citizens, who had lost their homes and farms during the Revolutionary War. Because many had lost their homes to fires during the war, this new area was named “the Firelands”. One surveyor with the Connecticut Land Company was Moses Cleaveland. He came with his friends on horseback from Connecticut and stopped at the Cuyahoga River with his Indian guides in July 1796. The land was then divided into five townships. The area between the Cuyahoga River and The Firelands to the west was laid out in 1806.

Joseph Cahoon settled the City of Bay Village in 1810. Bay Village was part of the original Dover Township. Bay Township split from Dover Township in 1901. In 1903, Bay Village was incorporated, and the first mayor and council were elected. In 1917, the last Cahoon descendent died, leaving the family home and 115 acres of land to the city. John Huntington, one of the original partners of Standard Oil Company, donated his summer estate to the Cleveland Metroparks. Bay Village became a city on January 1, 1950, when it had reached a population of 6,917.


Bay Village is located at 41°29′3″N 81°55′36″W / 41.48417°N 81.92667°W / 41.48417; -81.92667 (41.484193, −81.926581).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.06 square miles (18.29 km2), of which, 4.57 square miles (11.84 km2) is land and 2.49 square miles (6.45 km2) is water.

Bay Village is home to the Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Reservation. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Huntington Playhouse, and BAYarts are also located within the reservation.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 450
1920 751 66.9%
1930 2,294 205.5%
1940 3,356 46.3%
1950 6,917 106.1%
1960 14,489 109.5%
1970 18,163 25.4%
1980 17,839 −1.8%
1990 17,000 −4.7%
2000 16,087 −5.4%
2010 15,651 −2.7%
2019 (est.) 15,194 −2.9%

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 15,651 people in 6,198 households, including 4,441 families, in the city. The population density was 3,424.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,322.3/km2). There were 6,436 housing units at an average density of 1,408.3 per square mile (543.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6%.

Of the 6,198 households 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.3% were non-families. 25.0% of households were one person and 11.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age was 43.4 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Of the city's population over the age of 25, 56% hold a bachelor's degree or higher.


In 2012, Family Circle Magazine ranked Bay Village as one of the 10 Best Towns for Families.

  • Bay Village: A Way of Life, Bay Village Historical Society, 1974,


There are about 2,500 students in the Bay Village City School District, and four school buildings. Normandy Elementary serves grades K–2, Westerly Elementary serves grades 3–4, Bay Middle School serves grades 5–8, and Bay High School serves grades 9–12.

In 2019, Bay Village City Schools were ranked as the tenth-best district in the state of Ohio.

Notable people

  • John Elliott (born 1984), musician in the band Emeralds
  • Rich Fields (born 1960), broadcaster and popular announcer of The Price Is Right
  • Jonathan Freeman (born 1950), actor and singer
  • Brad Friedel (born 1971), goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur, and retired US National Team goalkeeper
  • Otto Graham (1921–2003) Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback for the Cleveland Browns
  • Patricia Heaton (born 1958), award-winning actress from The Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Karen Kresge (born 1948), former star solo ice skating performer for Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice, currently ice skating choreographer, ice show director and producer
  • Eliot Ness (1903–1957), Cleveland police investigator and Federal agent
  • Richard Patrick (born 1968), co-founder of the alternative rock band Filter and former member of Nine Inch Nails
  • Richard North Patterson (born 1947), Best-selling American fiction writer and political commentator
  • Lili Reinhart (born 1996), actress, known for portraying Betty Cooper on the TV series Riverdale. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but grew up in Bay Village.
  • George Steinbrenner (1930–2010), former owner of the New York Yankees
  • Kate Voegele (born 1986), singer and actress
  • Dave Zastudil (born 1978), former NFL punter
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