Berea, OhioBerea, Ohio Triangle area of downtown Berea Location of Berea in Ohio Location of Berea in Cuyahoga County Coordinates: 41°22′12″N 81°51′45″W / 41.37, -81.8625CountryUnited StatesStateOhioCountyCuyahogaArea - Total 5.6 sq mi (14.4 km²) - Land 5.5 sq mi (14.1 km²) - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km²) Elevation764 ft(233 m) Population (2000) - Total 18,970 - Density3,475.9/sq mi (1,342.0/km²) Time zoneEastern (EST)(UTC-5) - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) ZIP code44017 Area code(s)440FIPS code39-05690GNISfeature ID 1072192
Berea is a city in Cuyahoga County in the U.S. state of Ohio, and is a suburb of Cleveland. It is pronounced "Behr-EE-ah." 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 census of 2000, there were 18,970 people, 7,173 households, and 4,468 families residing in the city. The population density was 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 income for 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.
The town's symbol is a grindstone, a tribute to the many sandstone grindstones that came out of its quarries. Before concrete came 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.Brook Parkv • d • e
- ^ a b US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
- ^ a b American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
- ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
- Berea, Ohio is at coordinates 41°22′12″N 81°51′45″W / 41.369950, -81.862591 (Berea, Ohio)Coordinates: 41°22′12″N 81°51′45″W / 41.369950, -81.862591 (Berea, Ohio)
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