- Berea, Ohio
official_name = Berea, Ohio
image_caption = Triangle area of downtown Berea
imagesize = 250px
mapsize1 = 250px
map_caption1 = Location of Berea in Cuyahoga County
leader_name = Cyril M. Kleem
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 14.4
area_land_km2 = 14.1
area_water_km2 = 0.3
area_total_sq_mi = 5.6
area_land_sq_mi = 5.5
area_water_sq_mi = 0.1
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 18970
population_density_km2 = 1342.0
population_density_sq_mi = 3475.9
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = GR|3
elevation_m = 233
elevation_ft = 764
latd = 41 |latm = 22 |lats = 12 |latNS = N
longd = 81 |longm = 51 |longs = 45 |longEW = W
postal_code = 44017
area_code = 440
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 39-05690GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1072192GR|3
website = http://www.bereaohio.com/
Berea is a city in Cuyahoga County in the
U.S. stateof Ohio, and is a suburb of Cleveland. It is pronounced "Buh-REE-uh." The population was 18,970 at the 2000 census. It was established in 1836 and named after the biblical Berea.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.4 km²), of which, 5.5 square miles (14.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.97%) is water. The east branch of the Rocky River runs through Berea, providing its water supply for most of the year.
The city lies on sedimentary rocks, including significant amounts of
Berea sandstone. This sandstone was formerly quarried for construction and also for use as grindstones.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 18,970 people, 7,173 households, and 4,468 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 3,475.9 people per square mile (1,341.5/km²). There were 7,449 housing units at an average density of 1,364.9/sq mi (526.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.48% White, 5.13% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.59% of the population.
There were 7,173 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 32.3% 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 2.35 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 16.2% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $45,699, and the median income for a family was $59,194. Males had a median income of $39,769 versus $29,078 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $21,647. About 2.6% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
Berea is home to
Baldwin-Wallace Collegeas well as the training facility for the Cleveland Browns. Berea High School, founded in 1882, was the first high school in the area. Berea is home to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
The town's symbol is a grindstone, a tribute to the many
sandstonegrindstones that came out of its quarries. Before concretecame into wide use, sandstone was a very important construction material, and huge amounts of it came from Berea, earning it the title of "The Grindstone Capital of the World." Several lakes in the area are quarry pits that have been allowed to fill with water.
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