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Strongsville, Ohio
North side of Strongsville's Town Square
North side of Strongsville's Town Square
Official seal of Strongsville, Ohio
Seal
Nickname(s): 
Crossroads of the Nation
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
Township created 1818
Village created 1923
Incorporated 1961
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
Area
 • Total 24.63 sq mi (63.79 km2)
 • Land 24.62 sq mi (63.77 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.04%
Elevation
932 ft (284.07 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 44,750
 • Estimate 
(2019)
44,660
 • Density 1,813.83/sq mi (700.33/km2)
  census
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
44136, 44149
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-75098
GNIS feature ID 1065396

Strongsville is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a suburb of Cleveland. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 44,750. The city's nickname 'Crossroads of the Nation,' originated from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) intersecting with the Southwestern Electric Line that connected Cleveland and Wooster, Ohio. As the railroad line ceased operation in 1931, the motto and city seal have been adapted to reflect the modern day intersection of Interstate 71 and the Ohio Turnpike.

History

Strongsville officially became a township on February 25, 1818, a village in 1923, and was ultimately designated a city in 1961. Founded by settlers arriving in the newly purchased Connecticut Western Reserve, the city was named after John Stoughton Strong, the group's leader. Many of the main streets in the city are named after other principal figures and landowners from the city's history, e.g. Howe, Drake, Shurmer, Whitney.

In the mid-19th century, the Pomeroy House, then called The Homestead, was a stop on the underground railroad. Alanson Pomeroy, the home owner and a prominent Strongsville resident, concealed runaway slaves on his property. From this residence in Strongsville, the runaway slaves were taken to boats on Rocky River for passage to Canada.

In 1853, John D. Rockefeller's family moved to Strongsville. At the time, Rockfeller was only a child.

On April 11, 1965, an F4 tornado hit Strongsville; see 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak.

Geography

Strongsville is located at 41°18′46″N 81°49′55″W / 41.31278°N 81.83194°W / 41.31278; -81.83194 (41.312752, -81.831976).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.64 square miles (63.82 km2), of which 24.63 square miles (63.79 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. The east branch of the Rocky River enters Strongsville from North Royalton and exits into Berea. Valley Parkway parallels the river's northwesterly course. This portion of the Cleveland Metroparks, named Mill Stream Run, includes Bonnie Park and Ranger Lake. Abutting the Rocky River, the recreation area offers visitors a pavilion, picnicking facilities, two small ponds, and several sport fields. Bonnie Park serves as a hub for hiking, bridle, and paved multi-purpose trails.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,349
1940 2,216 64.3%
1950 3,504 58.1%
1960 8,504 142.7%
1970 15,182 78.5%
1980 28,577 88.2%
1990 35,308 23.6%
2000 43,858 24.2%
2010 44,750 2.0%
2019 (est.) 44,660 −0.2%
Sources:

The median income for a household in the city was $68,660, and the median income for a family was $76,964 (these figures had risen to $79,715 and $90,870 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $54,988 versus $33,129 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,722. About 1.3% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Of the city's population over the age of 25, 41.6% held a bachelor's degree or higher.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 44,750 people, 17,659 households, and 12,563 families living in the city. The population density was 1,816.9 inhabitants per square mile (701.5/km2). There were 18,476 housing units at an average density of 750.1 per square mile (289.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 1.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 17,659 households, of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.9% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 44.2 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.6% were from 25 to 44; 32.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

Points of interest

  • Mill Stream Run Reservation - The east branch of the Rocky River runs alongside this branch of the Cleveland Metroparks
  • Strongsville Business & Technology Park - The largest industrial park in Northeast Ohio
  • Strongsville Commons and Clock Tower
  • Walter F. Ehrnfelt Covered Bridge
  • Strongsville Historical Society
  • Gardenview Horticultural Park
  • Southpark Mall
  • Strongsville Water Tower - Painted by Ziggy creator Tom Wilson
  • Preserve of Strongsville - Strongsville's only national preserve

Education

Strongsville High School serves students in grades 9 through 12. The city's five elementary schools serve pre-kindergarten through 5th grade: Chapman, Kinsner, Muraski, Surrarrer, and Whitney. With Strongsville's younger student population on the decline, three elementary schools, Allen, Drake and Zellers, closed their doors in recent years. A private Catholic school, St. Joseph and John's, serves children through the 8th grade. In 2012, citizens approved a bond issue for $81 million. The bond money was used to build a new middle school, combining the old Center and Albion middle schools, renovations to the high school, technology upgrades to the elementary schools, and renovations to the preschool. The new middle school was built just in time for the 2016–2017 school year.

Address School mascot Grades
Strongsville High School 20025 Lunn Rd Mustangs 9th - 12th Grade
Strongsville Middle School 13200 Pearl Rd Mustangs 6th-8th Grade
Sts. Joseph and John School 12580 Pearl Rd Vikings Pre-8th Grade
Chapman Elementary 13883 Drake Road Chargers K-5th Grade
Drake Elementary 20566 Albion Road Bees K-5th Grade
Kinsner Elementary 19091 Waterford Parkway Cobras K-5th Grade
Muraski Elementary 20270 Royalton Road Wildcats K-5th Grade
Surrarrer Elementary 9306 Priem Road Roadrunners K-5th Grade
Whitney Elementary 13548 Whitney Road Bears K-5th Grade
Strongsville Early Learning Preschool 19543 Lunn Rd Mustangs Preschool

Notable people

  • Zebedee Coltrin (1804–1887) Mormon pioneer, authority in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Tom Dimitroff Sr. (1935-1996) gridiron football player and coach
  • Bruce Drennan (1950-) sportscaster
  • Walter F. Ehrnfelt (1932-2003) politician
  • Asmahan Farhat (1990-) swimmer
  • Jenny Fish (1949-) Olympic speed skater
  • Nate Freese football player
  • Jackie Gayda (1981-) professional wrestler
  • Olga D. González-Sanabria scientist, inventor
  • Michael Green (1989-) soccer player
  • Joe Haden football player
  • Craig Hennon, reality show actor
  • Paul Hoernemann (1916-1965) college football coach
  • Mark Hunter photographer and lead singer of Chimaira
  • Tim Kamczyc (1990-) basketball player
  • Drew Kaser, NFL punter
  • Reggie Lee (1974-) actor
  • Fred McLeod (1952-2019) sportscaster
  • Dayton Miller (1866–1941) physicist, astronomer, acoustician
  • Lorin Morgan-Richards (1975-) author and illustrator, primarily of children's literature (Beebetown, Ohio)
  • Tom Patton politician
  • Kyle Prandi (1979-) Olympic diver
  • Mike Pruitt football player
  • John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) businessman, philanthropist
  • William Rockefeller (1841–1922) businessman, financier, co-founder of Standard Oil
  • George Myron Sabin (1833-1890) federal judge
  • Isaac Sowells (1982-) football player
  • Herb Stein (1898-1980) football player
  • Gary Suhadolnik politician
  • Daniel Martin Varisco (1951-) anthropologist, historian
  • Kyle Veris (1983-) soccer player
  • Matt Warburton television writer
  • Aaron White (1992-) professional basketball player
  • D. J. Woods (1989-) AFL football player
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