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Berea, Ohio

Berea is a city located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and is a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. It is pronounced "Behr-EE-ah." As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 18,970.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 In Berea


Berea is located at 41°22'12" North, 81°51'45" West (41.369950, -81.862591)1. It is located next to Brook Park, Ohio, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.4 km² (5.6 mi²). 14.1 km² (5.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.97% water. The Rocky River runs through Berea, providing its water supply for most of the year.


As of the census of 2000, there are 18,970 people, 7,173 households, and 4,468 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,341.5/km² (3,475.9/mi²). There are 7,449 housing units at an average density of 526.8/km² (1,364.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 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. 1.59% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 7,173 households out of which 27.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% are married couples living together, 10.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% are non-families. 32.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 3.00.

In the city the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $45,699, and the median income for a family is $59,194. Males have a median income of $39,769 versus $29,078 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,647. 5.5% of the population and 2.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.1% are under the age of 18 and 7.8% are 65 or older.

In Berea

Berea is home to Baldwin Wallace College as well as the training facility for the Cleveland Browns.

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. Several lakes in the are are quarry pits that have been allowed to fill with water.