ABOUT Chagrin Falls
Chagrin Falls was incorporated as a village that encompassed areas formerly associated with 3 townships across two counties in March 1844.
This verdant area sprang up surrounding a natural waterfall on the Chagrin River. The village’s name comes from the waterfall itself, now located in the center of town. Early settlers from England and New England were attracted by the river. One of the earliest houses traces back to 1834. Between 1837 and 1870, manufactures sprung up around the river.
The population of the village in 1870 was just over 1,000. Throughout the 18th century, the village saw a gradual population growth so that the village had 1,586 residents by 1900. Growth remained steady until 1940, when the population decreased by 200 to 2,505 residents.
In the 1970s, the village approached the population needed for city status, but then the population declined once again. Today, about 4,000 residents live in Chagrin Falls.
Out of about 4,000 residents, 56.4% are female and 43.6% of residents are male. The median resident age sits at 47.5%.
97.3% of Chagrin Falls residents are White, while 0.9% are Hispanic. 0.8% are Asian, and 0.5% of residents are biracial or multiracial. Additionally, 0.4% of the population is black.
65.4% of Chagrin Falls’ population has a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 26.7% have a graduate or professional degree. The estimated median household income is about $75K, and the estimated per capita income is about $60K. The unemployment rate sits at about 2.7%.
TOP Chagrin Falls HIGHLIGHTS
The best time for outdoor adventures in Chagrin Falls is from mid-June to mid-September. Residents and tourists here take advantage of mild temperatures by visiting historical attractions and museums, seeing diverse wildlife, exploring gorgeous nature trails, and marveling at the cascading falls.
With around 162 rainy days and an average of 43 inches of rain annually, Chagrin Falls is among the rainiest places in Ohio. January is the month with the most rain for 18 days. Chagrin Falls also averages 82 inches of snow per year, making it among the snowiest places in Ohio.
Chagrin Falls is prone to snow storms and hail storms as it is located within the primary snow belt region of northeast Ohio. The area may get anywhere between 60 to 110 inches of snow per year.
The area is also prone to severe storms and tornadoes that cause significant damage to properties and public utilities. Chagrin Falls also experiences problems with sewage backups during storm events.
The area is working on improving its warning systems and coordinated responses to mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
In terms of earthquakes, the risks in the area are low with a total of 29 earthquakes since 1931. There is only a 2.45% chance of a major earthquake within 50 kilometers of Chagrin Falls within the next 50 years.
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With a mean travel time for those 25 and over of 22.6 minutes, residents of Chagrin Falls have relatively short commutes.
N Main Street, North Street, Bell Street, E Washington Street, and S Main Street are some of Chagrin Falls’ roadways that connect to the surrounding areas. Just outside of the village’s borders to the north, west, and south are popular roadways that allow for easy travel throughout Cuyahoga County and the areas east of Cleveland, Ohio.
It takes roughly 35 minutes to reach Cleveland, which is about 25 miles northwest of town. Similarly, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is a 30 minute drive west of Chagrin Falls.
Crime rates in Chagrin Falls are among the lowest in Ohio and in all of the U.S.
Overall, the crime rate in the area is only 5 per 1,000 residents. This rate is about 82% lower than the national average. Chagrin Falls is safer than about 89% of communities in Ohio, and about 87% of cities in the U.S.
Violent crime rate in the area is only 0.76 per 1,000 residents. This rate is about 80% lower than the national average.
Property crime rate in Chagrin Falls is 3.79 per 1,000 residents. This rate is about 83% lower than the national average.
The legislative branch of Chagrin Falls consists of an elected village government, on which 7 village council members serve.
Each council member is elected to serve for a 2 year term, and meetings are held regularly on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. At least 1 council member is on every board and commission in Chagrin Falls.
The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce was established back in 1943 to aid and support local businesses and communities.
Today, the chamber consists of over 550 members. CVCC provides a range of programming options to businesses in Auburn, Bainbridge, Bentleyville, Huntington Valley, Newbury, Pepper Pike, Chagrin Falls, and other villages and cities in the surrounding area.
Chagrin Falls elects a part-time mayor to serve for a 4 year term. The mayor closely collaborates with the chief administrative officer of Chagrin Falls to oversee and manage the village’s government.
In addition to representing the village’s residents, the mayor also appoints residents to commissions and boards in an effort to grow and improve Chagrin Falls’ community.
Chagrin Falls Population 2020
Nearly 4,000 people call Chagrin Falls home. The number of people living in the city continues to drop at a yearly rate of -0.58%. The population has declined by -4.8% since 2010.
Females make up 56.4% of the city’s population, while males comprise 43.6%. An estimated 23% of the population is aged 65 years and over, and 22.5% is aged 35 to 54 years.
Chagrin Falls spans over 2 miles and has around 1,888 people per square miles.
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Chagrin Falls Diversity 2020
Chagrin Falls is predominantly White at 97.3%. Hispanic residents comprise 0.9%, Asian residents make up 0.8%, Biracial residents account for 0.5%, and African American residents represent 0.4%.
Important ancestries of people in Chagrin Falls include Italian, Polish, English, German, and Irish.
93% of the city’s residents speak only English, and 6.9% speak other Indo-European languages.
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Chagrin Falls Education 2020
Chagrin Falls is among the cities in Ohio that are highly-esteemed for a strong combination of an excellent public school district and a large population of college-educated adults.
86% of adults here have sought tertiary education. 14.7% have earned a college degree, 65% hold a bachelor’s degree, 6.5% have an associate degree, and 27% have attained graduate degrees.
Of residents aged 25 and above, 90% have graduated from high school.
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SCHOOLS IN Chagrin Falls
Niche.com rates Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District as the 5th best school system in the Cleveland Area based on overall quality.
With over 2,050 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, this district’s average student-teacher ratio is 17 to 1. Out of 608 districts across Ohio, this school system’s teachers rank as #7, and this district is rated as the 8th best district to teach in. Out of all 608 districts, Chagrin Falls Exempted School District ranks as #17.
There are 4 campuses within this district, which includes 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school campus. While the elementary campuses are similarly rated, Chagrin Falls Middle School and Chagrin Falls High School are routinely considered the best schools in the district.
With a solid academic record, impressive college prep programs, highly-rated and educated teachers, high health and safety ratings, various clubs and activities, and more, this district continues to set a high bar for itself.
Chagrin Falls Housing 2020
The median property value in Chagrin Falls, Ohio is about $430K, which indicates that the village’s real estate is among the most expensive across the nation.
15.6% of real estate is valued under $242K. Meanwhile, 24.5% of properties are valued between $242K-$364K, and 24.5% of properties are also priced between $364K-$485K. 17.4% of real estate is valued between $485K-$607K, and 12.9% of properties are priced between $607K-$910K. 5% of real estate is valued above $910K.
From November 2009 to November 2019, Chagrin Falls’ appreciation rates tracked well above national averages. In this time period, the cumulative appreciation rate was 32.68%, which breaks down into an average annual appreciation rate of 2.87%. These rates are in the top 30% across the United States.
Between November 2018 and November 2019 alone, the appreciation rates trended at 4.79%, which is above about 70% of appreciation rates across the United States.
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Chagrin Falls Homes for Sale
Out of about 1,840 housing options in Chagrin Falls, 68.8% are owner-occupied residences while 31.2% are rentals. About 8.7% of properties are vacant.
As for age, 3.8% of housing options were built in 2000 or later years. 25.9% of residences were constructed between 1970-1999, and 35.8% were built from 1940-1969. The remaining 34.6% of options were built in 1939 or earlier years, which means that a substantial portion of residences are older homes.
To give an idea of size, just 11.8% of housing options have 1 bedroom, while 20.9% have 2 bedroom layouts. From there, 35.6% of residences have 3 bedrooms, and 24.8% have 4 bedrooms. 6% of housing options have 5 or more bedrooms.
67.1% of residences are detached family homes, while 21.4% are larger apartment complexes. 6.8% of housing options are smaller apartment buildings, and 4.6% of options are condominium type properties.
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Chagrin Falls Economy 2020
Of the nearly 2,000 people who comprise Chagrin Falls’ strong workforce, an estimated 95% are white-collar workers. The leading industries in the city include business and finance, scientific and technical services, and healthcare.
The city, however, is among those with high unemployment rates at 5%. The poverty rate, meanwhile, is among the lowest at 2.4%.
Since 2019, the job market in Chagrin Falls has grown by 1%. Over the next decade, job growth in the area is predicted to be 23%.
The median household income in the city is approximately 29% higher than the Us average at $75,000. The per capita income in the area is $62,468, and the average salary of a resident is $46,416 per year.
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Cost of Living
With elegant Victorian-style homes, top-ranked amenities, and scenic spots, Chagrin Falls is an upscale community and is among the areas in Ohio with a high cost of living.
The cost of living in Chagrin Falls is about 33% higher than the Ohio average, and about 21% higher than the national average.
With a median home value of about $390,000, housing costs in the area are about 66% higher than the national average.
One can expect to pay for healthcare and grocery costs that are about 6% higher than the national average.
The costs of transportation, meanwhile, are about 3% higher than the national average. Utility costs are about 6% lower than the national average.
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Things to do
Chagrin Falls is a small community that is not divided into distinct neighborhoods.