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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Chagrin Falls as seen from the Triangle Park area
Chagrin Falls as seen from the Triangle Park area
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
Country United States
State Ohio
County Cuyahoga
 • Total 2.14 sq mi (5.54 km2)
 • Land 2.08 sq mi (5.39 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
1,004 ft (306 m)
 • Total 4,104
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,892.89/sq mi (730.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-13358
GNIS feature ID 1083437
Chagrin Falls waterfall
Chagrin Falls waterfall on the Chagrin River near the center of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Chagrin Falls is a village in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States and is a suburb of Cleveland in Northeast Ohio's Cleveland-Akron-Canton metropolitan area, the 15th-largest Combined Statistical Area nationwide. The village was established and has grown around Chagrin Falls waterfall on the Chagrin River. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 4,104. The village was incorporated in 1844 from parts of three townships in two counties. Neighboring Chagrin Falls Township was established in 1845.


Chagrin Falls was laid out in 1837. The community takes its name from a waterfall on the Chagrin River in the middle of town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.14 square miles (5.54 km2), of which 2.08 square miles (5.39 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is covered by water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,016
1880 1,211 19.2%
1890 1,243 2.6%
1900 1,586 27.6%
1910 1,931 21.8%
1920 2,237 15.8%
1930 2,739 22.4%
1940 2,505 −8.5%
1950 3,085 23.2%
1960 3,458 12.1%
1970 4,848 40.2%
1980 4,335 −10.6%
1990 4,146 −4.4%
2000 4,024 −2.9%
2010 4,104 2.0%
2019 (est.) 3,941 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, 4,104 people, 1,872 households, and 1,049 families resided in the village. The population density was 1,977.4 inhabitants per square mile (763.5/km2). The 2,042 housing units averaged 981.7 per square mile (379.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.0% White, 0.4% African American 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.9% of the population.

Of the 1,872 households, 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.0% were not families. About 39.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the village was 46.1 years; 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 29% were from 45 to 64; and 22.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.


  • The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is one of the oldest community theaters in the country.
  • The Chagrin Valley Recreation Center hosts one of Northeast Ohio's longest-running annual swim meets each summer. The Chagrin Valley Invitation Relays have been held each summer since 1968.
  • The town is referenced in the song Chagrin Falls by the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip on their 1998 studio album Phantom Power.


Chagrin Falls is in the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, which serves the villages of Chagrin Falls, South Russell, and Bentleyville, and a portion of the village of Moreland Hills.

Chagrin Falls High School was rated 97th in Newsweek's "Complete List of the 1,200 Top U.S. Schools" in 2006. This study was based largely on the ratio of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken to the number of graduating high school seniors. Also in 2006, the Chagrin Falls district was given an "Excellent" rating for the sixth year in a row by Newsweek. On December 4, 2008, Chagrin Falls High School was once again ranked in the top 100 public high schools in the country. The school was rated 98th with a Quality-Adjusted Exams Per Test Taker ratio of 3.8. It is regularly ranked as the top high school in Northeast Ohio.

Notable people

  • Addie L. Ballou, 19th-century poet, artist, and suffragist
  • Ortha O. Barr Jr., attorney
  • Lisa Banes, actress
  • Tim Conway, comedic actor
  • Casey Cott, actor, Kevin Keller on The CW's Riverdale
  • Corey Cott, Broadway actor
  • Dane Davis, businessman, economist, and radio personality
  • Martha Derthick, professor and noted scholar of public administration
  • Matt DeVries, musician
  • Wendy Diamond, author and TV personality
  • Mike Durbin Professional Bowler, 3 time Tournament of Champions Winner
  • Sonny Geraci, lead singer of The Outsiders and Climax
  • Doug Kenney, co-founder of National Lampoon and co-writer of Animal House and Caddyshack
  • Kathleen Kraninger, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Bryan Malessa, novelist
  • Rick Manning, former center fielder of the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers
  • Wendy Murray, journalist
  • Elena Shaddow, Broadway actress, singer
  • Harry Smith, professional ten-pin bowler and member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame
  • Will Stanton, humor writer
  • Lee Unkrich, Academy Award-winning film director (Toy Story 3)
  • Fred van Lente, comic book writer (Action Philosophers!, The Incredible Hercules)
  • Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes
  • Ted Wood, former outfielder for San Francisco Giants
  • Bela "Bill" Zaboly, the Hungarian-American Cartoonist of the famed Popeye comic strip from 1938-1959

See also

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