North Olmsted, Ohio
Historic First Universalist Church of Olmsted
Location of Ohio in the United States
|• Mayor||Kevin Kennedy (D)|
|• Total||11.67 sq mi (30.23 km2)|
|• Land||11.67 sq mi (30.23 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||761 ft (232 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,803.6/sq mi (1,082.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||440 216|
|GNIS feature ID||1056457|
North Olmsted is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 32,718. North Olmsted is a west side suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and is the 8th most populated city within Cuyahoga County.
After the discovery of the New World, the land that became North Olmsted was originally part of the French colony of Canada (New France), which was ceded in 1763 to Great Britain and renamed Province of Quebec. In the late 18th century the land became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the Northwest Territory, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795.
In 1806, the vast tract of land comprising present-day North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township was purchased for $30,000 by Aaron Olmsted, a wealthy sea captain. In 1815, David Johnson Stearns of Vermont was followed by other pioneers from New England who established a settlement in the wilderness.
Earliest records show the area was called Kingston. In 1823 the people organized into a township called Lenox. In 1826, Aaron Olmsted's son, Charles Hyde Olmsted, offered to donate books from his father's personal collection in Connecticut, if the residents of Lenox agreed to change the name of the area to Olmstead to honor his father. These books became known as the Ox Cart Library.
On March 1, 1931, the village of North Olmsted started the historical North Olmsted Municipal Bus Line, one of the first, as well as one of the oldest, municipal transit systems in the United States, which was in operation for over 74 years until March 20, 2005, when it was absorbed into the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.
On March 24, 1966, the Great Northern Theatre opened at Great Northern Shopping Center in North Olmsted. This was one of the first and few Cinerama theatres in Ohio and had a gold-colored curtain in front of the long 90-foot screen in a large auditorium with 1,346 seats. It was closed in 2000 due to new cinemas that were added in nearby Westlake by Regal Cinemas.
The Unitarian Universalist Church in North Olmsted was once part of the underground railroad. Escaped slaves would hide in the belfry to escape to Canada. The church was mentioned in the paper "How the fellowship came to be what it is" written by Alice Russell in August 1982.
North Olmsted is located at (41.415097, -81.914366).
At the 2010 census there were 32,718 people in 13,645 households, including 8,893 families, in the city. The population density was 2,803.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,082.5/km2). There were 14,500 housing units at an average density of 1,242.5 per square mile (479.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.6% White, 2.0% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 3.5%.
Of the 13,645 households 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.1% of households were one person and 12.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age was 43.5 years. 20.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.
At the 2000 census there were 34,113 people in 13,517 households, including 9,367 families, in the city. The population density was 2,932.9 people per square mile (1,132.5/km²). There were 14,059 housing units at an average density of 1,208.7 per square mile (466.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.97% White, 1.01% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.74% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.69%.
Of the 13,517 households 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 26.5% of households were one person and 9.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.07.
The age distribution was 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.
The median household income was $52,542 and the median family income was $62,422. Males had a median income of $45,908 versus $30,600 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,329. About 2.8% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
Great Northern Mall, a 1.2 million ft² shopping mall, is in North Olmsted. The mall has over 130 stores and is anchored by Macy's, Dillard's, Sears and J. C. Penney. North Olmsted Towne Centre is located on Brookpark Road near Great Northern Blvd.
North Olmsted has three exits on I-480 within its city limits. These include the Clague Rd., Great Northern Blvd./Columbia Rd. (state route 252), and the Stearns Rd. exits.
- Lorain Road. Lorain Road is part of Ohio Route 10. Lorain Road also contains Ohio Route 252 for a short stretch. It enters the city from North Ridgeville to the west and from Fairview Park to the east. It then continues through Cleveland, where it is designated "Lorain Avenue" It is probably North Olmsted's busiest street. It runs east–west through the city with many businesses on the road. West of North Olmsted, Lorain Road connects via connector road with the Ohio Turnpike at Exit 152. At one time, a section of Lorain Road in North Olmsted was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most restaurants within a mile radius.
- Brookpark Road. Brookpark Road is part of Ohio Route 17. It forks off of Lorain near the west end of Great Northern Mall, connecting to Great Northern Boulevard and providing a high-speed route to the I-480 ramps on Clague. Continues into Fairview Park towards Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
- Clague Road. Begins at Mastick Road near Brookpark Road and continues north into Westlake. It has an exit on I-480.
- Great Northern Blvd. Runs north-south. This road is part of Ohio Route 252. Great Northern Mall is also located on the boulevard.
- Columbia Rd. Columbia Rd enters North Olmsted from Olmsted Township, which is south of North Olmsted. Columbia then obtains rt. 252. Rt. 252 continues onto Great Northern Blvd. Columbia Rd then continues from Butternut Ridge Rd. It regains Rt. 252 north of its junction with Lorain Road. It leaves North Olmsted and continues into Westlake where it has a junction with I-90.
- Stearns Road. Stearns Road enters North Olmsted from Olmsted Township to the south. It joins I-480. It junctions with Lorain Rd. It then continues North into the city of Westlake as Crocker Road. It junctions with I-90 in Westlake.
- Mastick Road. Mastick Road connects Columbia Road to Clague Road before continuing East into Fairview Park. It then reconnects to Brookpark Road, West 220th, and West 210th streets before extending down into the Cleveland Metroparks.
- Butternut Ridge Road. Butternut Ridge is home to most of North Olmsted's oldest homes, the newly built combination High School and Middle School, and the recently closed Butternut Elementary School (closed at the end of the 2015\2016 school year). It connects Lorain Road to Columbia/Great Northern Boulevard. One of the first roads in the region, it was originally paved with timber and tolled.
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- "Photos of Great Northern Theatre in North Olmsted, Ohio". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved July 12, 2017.