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Westlake, Ohio
Westlake Porter Public Library
Westlake Porter Public Library
Official seal of Westlake, Ohio
Pride, tradition, community
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
Dover Township first settled October 10, 1810
Dover Village incorporated 1911
City of Westlake incorporated 1957
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Total 15.94 sq mi (41.28 km2)
 • Land 15.93 sq mi (41.27 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)  0%
710 ft (216 m)
 • Total 34,228
 • Density 2,148/sq mi (829.4/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-83622
GNIS feature ID 1061762

Westlake is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Cleveland located 12 miles west of downtown Cleveland. The population was 34,228 at the 2020 census.


Westlake is located at 41°27′16″N 81°55′43″W / 41.45444°N 81.92861°W / 41.45444; -81.92861 (41.454439, -81.928657).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.93 square miles (41.26 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,754
1930 2,453 39.9%
1940 3,200 30.5%
1950 4,912 53.5%
1960 12,906 162.7%
1970 15,689 21.6%
1980 19,475 24.1%
1990 27,018 38.7%
2000 31,719 17.4%
2010 32,729 3.2%
2020 34,228 4.6%

The median income for a household in the city was $64,963, and the median income for a family was $81,223 (these figures had changed to $63,252 and $90,397 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $60,429 versus $36,999 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,142. About 1.3% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over. Of the city's population over the age of 25, 50.1% hold a bachelor's degree or higher, while 81.3% spoke English, 1.62% Arabic, 1.5% Spanish, 1.3% Greek, and 0.7% German and Chinese.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 32,729 people, 13,870 households, and 8,443 families living in the city. The population density was 2,054.6 inhabitants per square mile (793.3/km2). There were 14,843 housing units at an average density of 931.8 per square mile (359.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 1.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 13,870 households, of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.1% were non-families. Of all households 34.2% were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 45 years. Of the residents 21.5% were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 31% were from 45 to 64; and 19% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.


The area now known as the city of Westlake was first settled on October 10, 1810. At the time, it was part of Dover Township.

In 1901, the northern part of the township seceded to form Bay Village. In 1912, a southern portion left to join North Olmsted. The remaining township residents formed Dover Village in 1913, taking with it a portion of Olmsted Township.

Dover Village was renamed Westlake in 1940. This was done to eliminate confusion with Dover, Ohio. The village of Westlake became a city in 1957. The Westlake Historical Society was formed to inform and educate others about the history of Dover/ Westlake.

In September 1966, a house in Westlake which had recently been bought by John R. Compton, a black pastor, was firebombed. No one was injured, although the bombing did cause around $10,000 of damage. According to the Cleveland Press, the mayor of Westlake, Alexander R. Roman, "criticized the parties involved in the sale of the home...He said no one was notified so the community could be prepared to accept a Negro family."

Points of interest

  • Westlake is served by the Westlake Porter Public Library.
  • Also found in Westlake is Lakewood Country Club, "the only Northern Ohio Club to host the PGA-based, televised golf tour."
  • Clague House Museum showcases the history of Westlake (formerly Dover). This house was built in 1876.
    Westlake Library Entrance
    Westlake Porter Public Library in 2008
  • Clague Playhouse; community theatre producing five plays a season from the classic and contemporary repertoire.
  • The White Oaks Restaurant was a lucrative Speakeasy during the American prohibition era.
  • Dover Gardens Tavern was also a Speakeasy with an upstairs Ballroom during the American prohibition

Crocker Park

Crocker Park is a lifestyle center located on Crocker Road. It is essentially an outdoor mall with areas for recreation and socializing. The park is based on a small French town-type setting. There are also apartments and offices above some stores and restaurants. Townhouses are located on the southwest corner.


  • Westlake hosted the 2006 USA Broomball National Championships, which included the first-ever national collegiate co-rec championship tournament for broomball, won by Clarkson University, and the first-ever women's national championship, won by Miami University.

Sister cities

Westlake's first Sister City partnership with the Town of Tralee in Ireland was founded in 2009 and is recognized by Sister Cities International.

On March 8, 2012, the Windsor Star (of Windsor, Ontario, Canada) had reported that Westlake, and Kingsville, Ontario were considering twinning with each other, due to their proximity (separated by Lake Erie), cultural connections (Jack Miner set up his bird sanctuary in Kingsville, but was born in Westlake), and similar sizes and economic status. On October 20, 2012, Westlake and Kingsville executed a Sister City alliance which is now recognized by Sister Cities International. Therefore, Westlake's second Sister City is that of the Town of Kingsville, Ontairo.


Companies headquartered in Westlake include Nordson, American Greetings, Hyland Software, and Scott Fetzer Company, TravelCenters of America, and Equity Trust.

Top employers

According to the city's 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Hyland Software 1,712
2 St. John Medical Center (University Hospitals of Cleveland) 1,526
3 Westlake City School District 652
4 TravelCenters of America 484
5 Lutheran Home for the Aged 438
6 City of Westlake 431
7 Equity Administrative Services 362
8 Premier Physicians Centers, Incorporated 260
9 Energizer Manufacturing, Incorporated 240
10 USG Interiors, LLC 199.9

Notable people

  • Travis Kelce, American football player
  • Jason Kelce, American football player
  • Chris Maddaluno, YouTuber and actor
  • Logan Paul, YouTuber and actor
  • Brian K. Vaughan, comics and television writer
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