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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Downtown Cuyahoga Falls (2018)
Downtown Cuyahoga Falls (2018)
Official seal of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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Location in Summit County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Summit County and the state of Ohio.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is located in Ohio
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Location in Ohio
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is located in the United States
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Ohio
County Summit
Area
 • Total 25.92 sq mi (67.14 km2)
 • Land 25.80 sq mi (66.81 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
Elevation
1,024 ft (312 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 51,114
 • Density 1,903.63/sq mi (734.99/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
44221 and 44223
Area code(s) 330 and 234
FIPS code 39-19778
GNIS feature ID 1048646
Website https://www.cityofcf.com/

Cuyahoga Falls ( KY-ə-HOH-gə or KY-ə-HOG) is a city in Summit County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city population was 51,114. It is the second-largest city in Summit County. The city was founded in 1812 by William Wetmore and was originally named Manchester, but renamed for the Cuyahoga River and the series of waterfalls that run along the southern boundary of the city.

History

Cuyahoga Falls was formed in 1812 near the junction of what was then Northampton, Stow, Tallmadge, and Portage townships. The focus was the series of Cuyahoga River waterfalls that provided power for manufacturing.

CF-10655 JRS Welcome to CF II
"Welcome to Cuyahoga Falls"

In 1812, Kelsey and Wilcox built a dam on the Cuyahoga River at a place where a railroad bridge crossed it in 1876. They then built a flour mill, an oil mill, and a saw mill. This led to the construction of a number of houses. This area was known as the old village. Development moved downstream, though, when the power was discovered to be better there. The old village was eventually destroyed in 1826, when a dam built by William Wetmore flooded the dam at the old village and its mills were torn down.

The earliest settler of Cuyahoga Falls included Joshua Stow and William Wetmore. In 1815, a saw mill was operating near Gaylord's Grove, using power generated by a dam on the Cuyahoga River there.

The town was initially called Manchester, but was renamed Cuyahoga Falls at the request of the Post Office since several other Manchesters were already in Ohio.

The village proper was first laid out in 1826 by Judge Richardson.

The town was incorporated in 1836, occupying 240 rods from Stow and Tallmadge townships. In 1853, seeing that the village and township of Cuyahoga Falls occupied the same territory, the village council disbanded and the community was only a township until 1868.

In 1841, the Summit County Board of Commissioners named Cuyahoga Falls the county seat. The state legislature then intervened and put the location of the county seat up to a popular vote. Akron won and has been the county seat ever since. In spite of being named the county seat, Cuyahoga Falls never really functioned as such.

In March 1851, the township of Cuyahoga Falls was created out of the village limits. They covered the same territory, so the village council voted to adjourn sine die, letting the village be run under township jurisdiction until June 3, 1868, when the municipal government returned.

On July 3, 1940, the Doodlebug Disaster train wreck killed 43 people, the worst disaster in the history of the city.

In 1985, a referendum of merger between the city and neighboring Northampton Township was approved by local voters. In 1986, Cuyahoga Falls merged with Northampton Township, the first merger of a city and township in Ohio.

Cuyahoga Falls had been founded as an industrial city, taking advantage of the river power. By the 1970s, though, it had become a residential community. This changed when Don Robart became mayor. He had been in favor of the merger with Northampton Township because of the additional land that could be used for development. Parts of that area have since been used for industrial development. Commercial development has also picked up, especially in the Howe Avenue area at the southern border of the city.

The city had one professional sports team, the Cuyahoga Falls Cougars, of the International Basketball League. They moved to Akron in 2006 and became the Akron Cougars.

The Cathedral of Tomorrow, founded by televangelist Rex Humbard in 1958, is in Cuyahoga Falls. It is now the church of pastor/evangelist Ernest Angley and was renamed Grace Cathedral.

Geography

Cuyahoga Falls is located at 41°8′44″N 81°29′48″W / 41.14556°N 81.49667°W / 41.14556; -81.49667 (41.145556, -81.496685).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 25.75 square miles (66.69 km2), of which 25.65 square miles (66.43 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,516
1870 1,861 22.8%
1880 2,294 23.3%
1890 2,614 13.9%
1900 3,186 21.9%
1910 4,020 26.2%
1920 10,200 153.7%
1930 19,797 94.1%
1940 20,546 3.8%
1950 29,195 42.1%
1960 47,922 64.1%
1970 49,678 3.7%
1980 43,708 −12.0%
1990 48,950 12.0%
2000 49,374 0.9%
2010 49,652 0.6%
2019 (est.) 49,106 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1899 view of Akron, Bedford and Cleveland Railroad shops at Cuyahoga Falls (cropped)
Akron, Bedford and Cleveland Railroad shops at Cuyahoga Falls, 1899

Cuyahoga Falls is part of the Akron, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area and of the Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 49,652 people, 22,250 households, and 12,693 families living in the city. The population density was 1,935.8 inhabitants per square mile (747.4/km2). There were 23,859 housing units at an average density of 930.2 per square mile (359.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.4% White, 3.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 22,250 households, of which 26.1% had children under age 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.0% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 20.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.

Sites of interest

Cuyahoga Falls
The Cuyahoga River descending behind the Sheraton Suites on Front Street.
  • Indian Head - Trail of The Whispering Giants
  • The Natatorium
  • Riverfront YMCA
  • Water Works Aquatic Center
  • Falls River Cruise (ended 2012)
  • Downview Sports Center
  • Rockin' on the River (ended 2014)
  • Keyser Park Barn
  • Marketplace at Portage Crossing
  • Cuyahoga Falls Cathedral Tower

Education

Cuyahoga Falls is mainly served by two school districts. The original area of the city makes up nearly all of the Cuyahoga Falls City School District; its high school, Cuyahoga Falls High School, is located on Fourth Street in downtown. The neighboring village of Silver Lake is also part of Cuyahoga Falls City Schools.

The northwest portion of the city (the former Northampton Township) is served by the Woodridge Local School District, which also serves the portions of Akron that lie within the former Northampton Township boundaries, as well as most of Boston Township (including Peninsula). That district's high school, Woodridge High School, is also located in Cuyahoga Falls (albeit with a Peninsula mailing address); this makes Cuyahoga Falls one of the few communities in Ohio that is home to the sole high school for two separate school districts.

A small area in the northeast of the city is zoned to Hudson City School District, and another small area, in the far northwest of the city, is part of the Revere Local School District.

Notable people

  • Jim Ballard - Former Arena Football League quarterback
  • Vernon Cook - Ohio House Representative
  • Kyle Craven - the face of the "Bad Luck Brian" internet meme, was born in Cuyahoga Falls
  • Jane Jacobs - All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • John Jacobs - Formerly of The Power Team
  • Jim Jarmusch - Film Director
  • Bob Lewis - Founder of Devo
  • Gates McFadden - Actress
  • Michael Morell - Deputy Director of the CIA
  • Elisha Noyes Sill - banker and politician
  • Frank Stams - Former NFL Linebacker
  • Jack Thompson - Activist - Disbarred Attorney
  • Mike Vrabel - NFL football player and coach Joseph Gill - Threatened a CFCSD Elementary School
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