Cuyahoga Falls is a city in Summit County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 49,374. It is currently the second largest city in Summit County. It is a suburb of Akron and is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, but is actually older than Akron. Founded in 1812 by William Wetmore, the city was originally named Manchester. Cuyahoga Falls is named after the Cuyahoga River (which flows into Lake Erie) and the series of falls that run through the middle of the city.
Cuyahoga Falls is bordered by Akron to the south and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the northwest.
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 it was discovered that the power was 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 down .
The village proper was first laid out in 1826 by Judge Richardson.
The town was incorporated in 1836, occupying 240 rods out of 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 1868.
In 1841 the Summit County Board of Commissioners named Cuyahoga Falls 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 such.
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 returned.
In 1985 Cuyahoga Falls merged with Northampton Township, the first merger of a city and township in Ohio.
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, though, 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 on the Howe Avenue area at the southern border of the city.
In the movie Tommy Boy, starring Chris Farley, a plane ticket is bought by Farley's love interest, played by Julie Warner, in the film from Sandusky, Ohio, to Cuyahoga Falls. There are presently no commercial airports in Cuyahoga Falls or Sandusky.
In the movie My Fellow Americans starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner, President Kramer (Lemmon) and President Douglas (Garner) were heading to Kramer's presidential library located in Cuyahoga Falls. Even though Kramer was born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls cut him a deal on the property taxes.
A billboard for a Cuyahoga Falls business is also briefly shown in the "Beautiful Fighters" music video by Ayumi Hamasaki.
In the short lived FOX television series "DRIVE" the character Wendy Patrakas (Melanie Lynskey) was supposed to be from Cuyahoga Falls.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.6 square miles (66.4 km²), of which, 25.5 square miles (66.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.35%) is water.
There were 21,655 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 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 4.5% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
Battling mother nature smartly: Cuyahoga Falls has started a rigorous program of testing, homeowner education, and flood prevention.(Stormwater Collection & Treatment)
Sep 01, 2004; Major storm events--many classified as "100-year stormsswept across the nation last year, causing millions of dollars in damage....