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Maple Heights, Ohio
Residential neighborhood along Vine Street
Residential neighborhood along Vine Street
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
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 5.17 sq mi (13.39 km2)
 • Land 5.17 sq mi (13.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
899 ft (274 m)
 • Total 23,138
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,271.23/sq mi (1,649.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 216
FIPS code 39-47306
GNIS feature ID 1048945
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Maple Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Cleveland. The population was 23,138 at the 2010 census.


Maple Heights is located at 41°24′44″N 81°33′35″W / 41.41222°N 81.55972°W / 41.41222; -81.55972 (41.412353, -81.559593).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.17 square miles (13.39 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,732
1930 5,950 243.5%
1940 6,728 13.1%
1950 15,586 131.7%
1960 31,667 103.2%
1970 34,093 7.7%
1980 29,465 −13.6%
1990 27,089 −8.1%
2000 26,156 −3.4%
2010 23,138 −11.5%
2020 23,701 2.4%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 23,138 people, 9,515 households, and 6,035 families living in the city. The population density was 4,475.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,728.0/km2). There were 10,894 housing units at an average density of 2,107.2 per square mile (813.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 68.2% African American, 28.0% White, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 9,515 households, of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.0% were married couples living together, 25.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 39.2 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.


The first settler in the region known today as Maple Heights was Benjamin Fitch, who arrived from Connecticut in 1813, ten years after Ohio became a state. John Dunham came four years later in 1817, and built a road which still bears his name. When the section of the Ohio and Erie Canal between Cleveland and Akron was completed in 1827, Dunham Road provided access to the Canal. The resulting traffic and trade stimulated further growth of the area. The Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad opened a depot in northwestern Bedford Township in 1849, followed by the completion of the Connotton Valley Railroad in 1881. Later that century, an electric powered light rail system known as the Akron, Bedford, and Cleveland Interurban Line was completed. The ABC line, as it was known, was in service from 1895 until 1932. This rail service was instrumental in the growth and development of the southeastern Cleveland suburbs. Longtime Maple Heights residents still refer to locations in the city by their numbered “stop” names from the days of the ABC line. Maple Heights became an incorporated village in 1915 within the same boundaries that define it to this day. The rapidly growing population of Cleveland, many of whom were immigrants from Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and France, moved south during the early twentieth century, resulting in sufficient population to qualify for incorporation as a city in January 1932. Following the Second World War, Maple Heights experienced a home building boom that resulted in nearly all available land becoming developed into single family middle class housing by the early 1960s. Population peaked by the 1970 census, and has been declining ever since.

Surrounding communities


Public Schools

The city's public school system is the Maple Heights City School District. The District is managed by a superintendent and a directly elected board. The school district has 5 schools:

  • Abraham Lincoln School (PreK - Grade 1)
  • John F. Kennedy School (Grade 2 - Grade 3)
  • Barack Obama School (Grade 4 - Grade 5)
  • Milkovich Middle School (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
  • Maple Heights High School (Grade 9 - Grade 12)

Private School

  • Castle High School - East is a public charter school on Warrensville Center Road serving Grades 9 - 12.

Notable people

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