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Wickliffe, Ohio
Harry Coulby Mansion
Harry Coulby Mansion
Wick, The 'Kliffe
Location of Wickliffe, Ohio
Location of Wickliffe, Ohio
Location of Wickliffe in Lake County
Location of Wickliffe in Lake County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lake
 • Total 4.63 sq mi (11.99 km2)
 • Land 4.61 sq mi (11.94 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
768 ft (234 m)
 • Total 12,750
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,765.02/sq mi (1,067.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-85036
GNIS feature ID 1061775

Wickliffe is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States. The population was 12,750 at the 2010 census.

A post office called Wickliffe has been in operation since 1843. The city was named after Charles A. Wickliffe, 11th United States Postmaster General.


Wickliffe is located at 41°36′34″N 81°28′22″W / 41.60944°N 81.47278°W / 41.60944; -81.47278 (41.609398, -81.472905).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.66 square miles (12.07 km2), of which 4.64 square miles (12.02 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

City Council

  • David J. Krych, President
  • Matthew C. Jaworski, at-large
  • Sherry Koski, at-large
  • James A. Bala, ward 1
  • Edward C. Matyja, ward 2
  • Ronald P. Ely, ward 3
  • Edward A. Levon, ward 4


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,508
1930 2,491 65.2%
1940 3,155 26.7%
1950 5,002 58.5%
1960 15,760 215.1%
1970 21,354 35.5%
1980 16,800 −21.3%
1990 14,558 −13.3%
2000 13,484 −7.4%
2010 12,750 −5.4%
2019 (est.) 12,744 0.0%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,750 people, 5,455 households, and 3,426 families living in the city. The population density was 2,747.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,060.9/km2). There were 5,780 housing units at an average density of 1,245.7 per square mile (481.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.8% White, 4.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 5,455 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. Of all households 32.2% were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 44 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

Parks and recreation

Also in Wickliffe, there are multiple parks scattered throughout. The most well-known being Coulby Park which includes an award winning aquatic center, multiple baseball fields, a pond, and home to City Hall. There are also Jindra Park, Nehls Park, Featherston Park, Orlando Park, and Intihar Park. Three of the parks, Featherston, Intihar and Jindra Parks, were renamed after residents who perished in service to the United States of America.

Coulby Mansion and Park

The Coulby Mansion and Park were built between 1911 and 1913 by Harry Coulby, who was in shipping and Wickliffe's first mayor. It cost over $1 million at the time. This mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Coulby Mansion was Coulby's home until his death on January 18, 1929. It was also once a Catholic girls' school. The city bought the property in 1954 and it currently serves as Wickliffe's City Hall. The previous owners did not damage or remove many original fixtures. Coulby Mansion has sixteen rooms, seven fireplaces, a Tiffany skylight, hand-carved walnut moldings and paneling from Bohemia, and an extensive garden with fountains. The exterior of the building is white glazed terra cotta.

Coulby Mansion is located next to Coulby Park, Wickliffe's main city park, which has trails, a pool facility, extensive playground equipment, and a pond stocked with fish.


Primary and secondary education

The Wickliffe City School District contains Wickliffe Elementary School for grades K–4, Wickliffe Middle School for grades 5–8, and Wickliffe High School for grades 9–12.

The public school mascots are known as the Wickliffe Blue Devils. There is also a Roman Catholic school, Mater Dei Academy, founded in 2010, which offers education for children in pre-school through grade 8.

Wickliffe High School, the associated athletic field, and Board of Education offices are located on the land occupied by the former estate of Frank Rockefeller, brother of John D. Rockefeller. The Board building was the previous carriage house for the Rockefeller estate.

Previously, there were two other elementary schools - Worden and Mapledale. These were closed in 1982. Around 2010, Mapledale was demolished and replaced by a housing community and golf course. Worden was also demolished and replaced by the Wickliffe Community Center.

Higher education

Wickliffe is home to Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, the Roman Catholic seminary serving the Diocese of Cleveland. It was established in 1848 by the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Louis Amadeus Rappe. It is located at 28700 Euclid Avenue. The seminary was originally a high school built by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. It housed the first Marycrest School for troubled girls. It was not a home for unwed mothers. The Good Shepherd Sisters sold the school building and grounds to the diocese for Boromeo Seminary use in the mid-1940s and moved the school to the Marcus Hanna estate in Independence, Ohio. Marycrest High School closed its doors on September 11, 2001.

Wickliffe is home to the Telshe Yeshiva, an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva which originated in Telz, Lithuania, and moved to Wickliffe after Lithuania fell to the Nazis in World War II.

Notable people

  • Jayne Kennedy, TV personality
  • Bob Mrosko, professional football player
  • Tara Seibel, American illustrator
  • Steve Wood, American bishop
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