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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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Cuyahoga Falls /ˌkaɪəˈhoʊɡə/ KY-ə-HOH-gə is a city in Summit County, Ohio, United States As of the 2010 census, the city population was 49,6526 It is the second-largest city in Summit County and part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and of the Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area The city was founded in 1812 by William Wetmore and was originally named Manchester Cuyahoga Falls is named after the Cuyahoga River which flows into Lake Erie and the series of waterfalls that run along the southern boundary of the city

Cuyahoga Falls is bordered by Akron to the south and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the northwest


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 2010 census
    • 32 2000 census
  • 4 Sites of interest
  • 5 Mayors
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Akron, Bedford and Cleveland Railroad shops at Cuyahoga Falls, 1899

Cuyahoga Falls was formed in 18127 near the junction of what was then Northampton, Stow, Tallmadge, and Portage townships The focus was the series of Cuyahoga River waterfalls that provided power for manufacturing

In 1812, Kelsey and Wilcox built a dam on the Cuyahoga River at a place where a railroad bridge crossed it in 1876 They then built a flour mill, an oil mill, and a saw mill This led to the construction of a number of houses This area was known as the old village Development moved downstream, though, when the power was discovered to be better there The old village was eventually destroyed in 1826, when a dam built by William Wetmore flooded the dam at the old village and its mills were torn down8

The earliest settler of Cuyahoga Falls included Joshua Stow and William Wetmore In 1815, a saw mill was operating near Gaylord's Grove, using power generated by a dam on the Cuyahoga River there9

The town was initially called Manchester, but was renamed Cuyahoga Falls at the request of the Post Office since several other Manchesters were already in Ohio10

The village proper was first laid out in 1826 by Judge Richardson10

The town was incorporated in 1836, occupying 240 rods from Stow and Tallmadge townships In 1853, seeing that the village and township of Cuyahoga Falls occupied the same territory, the village council disbanded and the community was only a township until 186810

In 1841, the Summit County Board of Commissioners named Cuyahoga Falls the county seat The state legislature then intervened and put the location of the county seat up to a popular vote Akron won and has been the county seat ever since In spite of being named the county seat, Cuyahoga Falls never really functioned as such9

In March 1851, the township of Cuyahoga Falls was created out of the village limits They covered the same territory, so the village council voted to adjourn sine die, letting the village be run under township jurisdiction until June 3, 1868, when the municipal government returned10

On July 3, 1940, the Doodlebug Disaster train wreck killed 43 people, the worst disaster in the history of the city11

In 1985, a referendum of merger between the city and neighboring Northampton Township was approved by local voters In 1986, Cuyahoga Falls merged with Northampton Township, the first merger of a city and township in Ohio12

Cuyahoga Falls had been founded as an industrial city, taking advantage of the river power By the 1970s, though, it had become a residential community This changed when Don Robart became mayor He had been in favor of the merger with Northampton Township because of the additional land that could be used for development Parts of that area have since been used for industrial development Commercial development has also picked up, especially in the Howe Avenue area at the southern border of the city

The city had one professional sports team, the Cuyahoga Falls Cougars, of the International Basketball League They moved to Akron in 2006 and became the Akron Cougars

The Cathedral of Tomorrow, founded by televangelist Rex Humbard in 1958, is in Cuyahoga Falls It is now the church of pastor/evangelist Ernest Angley and was renamed Grace Cathedral


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 2575 square miles 6669 km2, of which 2565 square miles 6643 km2 is land and 010 square miles 026 km2 is water1


Historical population
1860 1,516
1870 1,861 228%
1880 2,294 233%
1890 2,614 139%
1900 3,186 219%
1910 4,020 262%
1920 10,200 1537%
1930 19,797 941%
1940 20,546 38%
1950 29,195 421%
1960 47,922 641%
1970 49,678 37%
1980 43,708 −120%
1990 48,950 120%
2000 49,374 09%
2010 49,652 06%
Est 2016 49,206 −09%
US Decennial Census14

2010 censusedit

As of the census2 of 2010, there were 49,652 people, 22,250 households, and 12,693 families residing in the city The population density was 1,9358 inhabitants per square mile 7474/km2 There were 23,859 housing units at an average density of 9302 per square mile 3592/km2 The racial makeup of the city was 934% White, 33% African American, 02% Native American, 12% Asian, 03% from other races, and 16% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14% of the population

There were 22,250 households, of which 261% had children under age 18 living with them, 419% were married couples living together, 114% had a female householder with no husband present, 37% had a male householder with no wife present, and 430% were non-families 356% of all households were made up of individuals and 121% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 221 and the average family size was 290

The median age in the city was 394 years 209% of residents were under the age of 18; 85% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 279% were from 25 to 44; 275% were from 45 to 64; and 153% were 65 years of age or older The gender makeup of the city was 473% male and 527% female

2000 censusedit

As of the census4 of 2000, there were 49,374 people, 21,655 households, and 13,317 families residing in the city The population density was 1,9329 people per square mile 7464/km² There were 22,727 housing units at an average density of 8897 per square mile 3436/km² The racial makeup of the city was 9580% White, 187% African American, 020% Native American, 105% Asian, 001% Pacific Islander, 015% from other races, and 091% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 063% of the population

There were 21,655 households, of which 270% had children under age 18 living with them, 483% were married couples living together, 101% had a female householder with no husband present, and 385% were non-families 326% of all households were made up of individuals and 123% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 226 and the average family size was 290

In the city, the population was spread out with 225% under the age of 18, 79% from 18 to 24, 320% from 25 to 44, 215% from 45 to 64, and 161% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 37 years For every 100 females there were 903 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 865 males

The median income for a household in the city was $42,263, and the median income for a family was $52,372 Males had a median income of $40,301 versus $28,459 for females The per capita income for the city was $22,550 About 45% of families and 61% of the population were below the poverty line, including 80% of those under age 18 and 42% of those age 65 or over

Sites of interestedit

Cuyahoga River descending behind a hotel on Front Street
  • Blossom Music Center
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Mary Campbell Cave
  • Gorge Metro Park
  • The River Front
  • Brookledge Golf Course
  • Indian Head - Trail of The Whispering Giants
  • The Natatorium
  • Riverfront YMCA
  • Water Works Aquatic Center
  • Falls River Cruise ended 2012
  • Downview Sports Center
  • Rockin' on the River ended 2014
  • Keyser Park Barn
  • Marketplace at Portage Crossing
  • Cuyahoga Falls Cathedral Tower


First incorporation

  • Henry Newberry, 1837
  • Charles W Wetmore, 1838
  • Hosea Paul, 1839
  • Charles W Wetmore, 1840 to 1843
  • Birdseye Booth, 1844 to 1845
  • Hosea Paul, 1846
  • Oliver B Beebe, 1847 to 1848
  • Charles W Wetmore, 1849 to 1852

Municipal government resumed
Village of Cuyahoga Falls

  • William A Hanford, 1868
  • Richard Blood, 1869
  • C P Humphrey, 1870 to 1871
  • Joshua L'Hommidieu, 1872 to 1873
  • Horace B Camp, 1874 to 1875
  • George W Rice, 1876 to 1877
  • John I Jones, 1878 to 1879
  • W A Hanford, 1880 to 1881
  • J C Castle, 1882 to 1883
  • A B Curtis, 1884
  • Samuel Higgs, 1885
  • Thomas H Walsh, 1886
  • John I Jones, 1887 to 1889
  • Samuel Higgs, 1890 to 1893
  • D F Felmly, 1894 to 1899
  • C N Russel, 1900 to 1902
  • E M Young, 1903 to 1904
  • Charles A Davis, 1905 to 1908
  • C N Russel, 1909 to 1911
  • W H Taylor, 1912 to 1921

City of Cuyahoga Falls

  • George Herdman, 1922 to 1923
  • Charles Gray, 1924 to 1927
  • George Porter, 1928 to 1933
  • J W Haines, 1934 to 1943
  • Joseph W Harding, 1944 to 1949
  • George A Anderson, 1950 to 1951
  • Harding A Wichert, 1952 to 1953
  • Elmer Wolf, 1954 to 1955
  • Emmet R Wolfe, 1956 to 1961
  • David Sanders, 1962 to 1965
  • Delbert Ackerman, 1966 to 1968
  • Bruce Thomas, 1968 to 1969
  • William Coleman, 1970 to 1973
  • Robert J Quirk, 1974 to 1985
  • Don L Robart, 1986 to 2013 Longest serving mayor
  • Don Walters, 2014 to present

Notable peopleedit

  • Melissa Baker Model
  • Jim Ballard Former Arena Football League quarterback
  • Robert Berdella Serial killer
  • Vernon Cook Ohio House Representative
  • Mark Foster Foster the People band
  • Jane Jacobs All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • John Jacobs Formerly of The Power Team
  • Jim Jarmusch Film Director
  • Kyle Craven Internet celebrity
  • Bob Lewis Founder of Devo
  • Gates McFadden Actress
  • Michael Morell Deputy Director of the CIA
  • Mark Mothersbaugh Devo
  • Frank Stams Former NFL Linebacker
  • Jack Thompson - Activist - Disbarred Attorney
  • Mike Vrabel - NFL football player
  • Elisha Noyes Sill - banker and politician


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2012-01-24 Retrieved 2013-01-06 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2013-01-06 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2014-11-01 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder2" Retrieved 2010-03-20 
  7. ^ Information Services Department, City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 2005 History Retrieved May 7, 2005
  8. ^ Fairchild, Rev TB 1876 A History of the Town of Cuyahoga Falls Akron: The Old Book Store 
  9. ^ a b Doyle, William B, LLB 1908 Centennial History of Summit County, Ohio and Representative Citizens Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list link
  10. ^ a b c d Akron Map and Atlas Co Illustrated Summit County, Ohio Akron: Akron Map and Atlas Co 1891
  11. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2011-01-14 Retrieved 2010-06-30  Cuyahoga Falls History: The Doodlebug
  12. ^ http://wwwnorthamptonhistoricalsocietycom/historyphp
  13. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2015 

External linksedit

  • City website

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