Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Chagrin Falls is a village in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Cleveland in the Northeast Ohio Region, the 14th largest Combined Statistical Area nationwide. The village was established and has grown around a natural waterfall on the Chagrin River. As of the 2000 Census, the village population was 4,024. The village was incorporated in 1844 from parts of three townships in two counties. Neighboring Chagrin Falls Township was established in 1845.


Chagrin Falls is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), of which 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) (1.90%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,024 people, 1,862 households, and 1,100 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,943.2 people per square mile (750.6/km²). There were 2,041 housing units at an average density of 985.6/sq mi (380.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.71% White, 0.05% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 1,862 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $62,917, and the median income for a family was $90,094. Males had a median income of $69,609 versus $36,319 for females. The per capita income for the village was $42,885. About 2.4% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

School System

Chagrin Falls is within the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District. This School District services the village of Chagrin Falls as well as the Villages of South Russell and Bentleyville, as well as a portion of the Village of Moreland Hills, Bainbridge Township and Russell Township.

Chagrin Falls High School was rated 97th in Newsweek Magazine's "Complete List of the 1,200 Top U.S. Schools" in 2006. This study was based largely on the ratio of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Tests taken to the number of graduating high school seniors. Also in 2006, the Chagrin Falls district was given an "Excellent" rating for the sixth year in a row by Newsweek.

Notable facts

  • There is a small community called "Chagrin Falls Park," also known as "The Park," located on the outskirts of the village, which is predominantly African-American. The Park is located within Bainbridge Township in Geauga County. The students who live in The Park attend schools in the Kenston School District because they live in Geauga County and not in Cuyahoga county where the village is located and were drawn out of the Chagrin Falls School district when the current lines were drawn due to the demographics of the area. The Park was originally platted in the early 1900s as vacation homes for Jewish residents from the city of Cleveland. During World War I, it became home to many African-Americans who took jobs in a nearby mill.
  • "Chagrin Falls" is a song by The Tragically Hip on the Phantom Power album (released 1998).
  • Images of the town can be seen in the movies House Arrest (1996) andThe Gathering (1977 made-for-television movie starring Edward Asner and Maureen Stapleton).
  • Chagrin Falls resident Bill Watterson may have based the surroundings in his comic strip Calvin and Hobbes on his hometown. For example, on the back cover of The Essential Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin is depicted rampaging through an extremely accurate depiction of the town triangle. There are also several appearances of Buckeye nuts and Buckeye Trees [Aesculus glabra], which are fairly common in the area as well as in plenty of Ohio's forests.
  • The Pumpkin roll is an annual student event held on Grove Hill and was featured on ESPN's "The Not Top 10 Plays of the Week" .
  • Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is one of the oldest community theatres in the country.


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