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Brook Park
City of Brook Park
Neighborhood in Brook Park
Neighborhood in Brook Park
Official seal of Brook Park
Seal
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.
Country United States
State Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Village 1914
City 1960
Government
 • Type Mayor & Council
Area
 • Total 7.53 sq mi (19.49 km2)
 • Land 7.52 sq mi (19.48 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
797 ft (243 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 18,595
 • Density 2,443.76/sq mi (943.57/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EST)
ZIP code
44142
Area code(s) 216
FIPS code 39-09288
GNIS feature ID 1048554

Brook Park is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States and a suburb of Cleveland. As of the 2020 Census, the city population was 18,595 .

Geography

Brook Park is located at 41°23′58″N 81°49′6″W / 41.39944°N 81.81833°W / 41.39944; -81.81833 (41.399550, -81.818423).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.53 square miles (19.50 km2), all land.

History

Brook Park became a city in 1950. The city attracted national attention when 21 Marines of the 3rd battalion, 25th Marines Regiment, 4th Marine division headquartered in the city were killed in combat in Iraq on August 1 and August 3, 2005. The unit lost 48 Marines during the course of the deployment. On August 5, the city government printed and distributed American flags for every household in the city to display on their windows. On August 8, thousands of citizens from throughout Northeast Ohio attended a memorial service to show their support for the fallen Marines. National, state and local politicians also voiced their mutual support for the families affected and for the ongoing support needed for all of the service members still involved in their mission overseas.

Brook Park Mayor Thomas J. Coyne Jr. was recently re-elected on November 5, 2013, after 12 years out of the office, which had been held by Mark J. Elliot. Coyne had been the Mayor of Brook Park from 1981 to 2002. Coyne is most known for the 2001 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport runway extension deal with then Mayor of Cleveland Michael R. White, which ceded Brook Park land including homes and the International Exposition Center (IX Center) to Cleveland in exchange for NASA Glenn Research Center and ten years of tax revenues from the IX Center. Coyne had originally came to Brook Park with his family at the age of nine from Cleveland around the time of the city's incorporation in 1960. He is an alumnus of St. Edwards in nearby Lakewood.

Demographics

93.9% spoke English, 1.8% Spanish, 1.2% German, and 0.6% Greek.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 861
1930 837 −2.8%
1940 1,122 34.1%
1950 2,606 132.3%
1960 12,856 393.3%
1970 30,774 139.4%
1980 26,195 −14.9%
1990 22,865 −12.7%
2000 21,218 −7.2%
2010 19,212 −9.5%
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2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 19,212 people, 7,799 households, and 5,318 families living in the city. The population density was 2,551.4 inhabitants per square mile (985.1/km2). There were 8,171 housing units at an average density of 1,085.1 per square mile (419.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.2% White, 3.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 7,799 households, of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 43.8 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 19.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Economy

Top employers

According to Brook Park's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 U.S. Department of the Interior 1,649
2 Ford Motor Company 1,599
3 DayStar Staffing Solutions 798
4 Marc's 641
5 Group Management Services 457
6 Credit First National Association 411
7 City of Brook Park 312
8 Lakefront Lines 276
9 Alycon Technical 254
10 Global Payment Holding 253

Education

Brook Park is part of the Berea City School District. Elementary students attend Brook Park Elementary school. Middle School students attend Middleburg Heights Junior High School (former Midpark High School), in the neighboring city of Middleburg Heights; High school students attend Berea-Midpark High School, in the neighboring city of Berea.

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