ABOUT Pepper Pike
In 1763, the area known today as Cuyahoga County was settled by 16 pioneers. That same year, Orange Township was officially established and consisted of Pepper Pike, Moreland Hills, Woodier, Orange Village, and Huntington Valley.
Residents in the northwestern portion of Orange Township voted to separate in 1924, which led to Pepper Pike, then only a village, being incorporated. The village reportedly was named after a local family with Pepper as a surname.
The area experienced rapid population growth between the 1940s and the 1960s, seeing as the population increased from 423 to 3,217 residents.
Pepper Pike became a city in 1970 and began its own city government. During this time, 5,382 people lived in Pepper Pike.
Since its modest beginnings, Pepper Pike has grown into a city comprised of over 6,000 residents and has been recognized for multiple consecutive years as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
With over 6,000 residents, Pepper Pike is a more diverse city than others in Ohio. 80% of residents are white, and 9.1% are Asian. 5.5% are Black, 2.4% are biracial, 2.1% are Hispanic, and 0.6% are of other descent while 0.1% are Native American.
As for gender, 47.2% of the population are male, and 52.8% are female. The median resident age is 49 years, and the estimated median household income comes in at $169K.
The unemployment rate nears 3.5%, and 75% of residents hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, while 43.3% hold a Graduate or professional degree.
TOP Pepper Pike HIGHLIGHTS
June, August, and September are the best months of the year for summer activities in Pepper Pike – when high temperatures range from 70-85°F. Most Pepper Pike residents frequently go out to enjoy the open green spaces and gently winding side streets, outdoor movies at the park, and summer concerts by the community band.
Average yearly temperatures here are rarely below 7°F or above 90°F, and range from 23F to 83°F. The warm season – from May to September – has average daily highs of above 72°F.
Pepper Pike is among the rainiest places in Ohio with an estimated 163.6 rainy days every year and an annual rainfall of 43 inches.
Pepper Pike is among the communities in Ohio that are most vulnerable to storm hazards and other environmental hazards that include erosion, structural, debris, and water quality.
Severe storms and heavy rains have caused heavy flooding that damaged properties and public utilities in the area.
Pepper Pike also has a high risk of hail and snow storms. In 2007, a devastating snow storm dumped about a peak total of 23.5 inches of snow in the area.
In terms of earthquake risks, the chances of damage from earthquakes in the area are much lower than the national average. Tornado damage risks in the are are also much lower than both the Ohio and national averages.
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Residents who are 25 years and above enjoy a short mean commute of 19.8 minutes, namely because Pepper Pike offers ready-access to roadways that connect to popular routes to reach Cleveland, Ohio and Cuyahoga County’s areas.
Interstate 271 makes up the city’s eastern border, and this interstate connects to I480 just south of town. Meanwhile, Pinetree Road connects straight to Cleveland, Ohio. Generally, it takes 30 minutes to reach the state’s well-known city.
Further west is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which is roughly 30 minutes away by car. Additionally, it takes around half an hour to reach Cuyahoga Valley National Park south of town.
Pepper Pike is among the suburbs in Ohio and in all of the U.S. with the lowest crime rates.
Overall, the crime rate in the city is about 77% lower than the national average. Pepper Pike’s crime rate is lower than about 81% of all communities in Ohio. The area is also safer than about 80% of cities in the U.S.
In 2018, there were only a total of 33 crimes recorded in the area.
Violent crime rate in the area is 0.63 per 1,000 residents. This is about 83% lower than the national average.
Property crime rate, meanwhile, is 5 per 1,000 residents or about 76% lower than the national average.
There are 7 members who comprise Pepper Pike’s city council. Each representative is elected at large and serves the city for a 2 year term.
Pepper Pike’s city council meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM. Special council meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the same time.
The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce has a driving mission to enhance and promote local businesses, community engagement, and economic development throughout Chagrin Valley.
This chamber includes over 550 members across Woodier, South Russel, Russel, Pepper Pike, Orange, Newbury, and other surrounding cities.
The City Mayor of Pepper Pike acts as the municipality’s chief executive officer who is in charge of the city’s administration and affairs.
In Pepper Pike, the mayor is elected at-large and is in office for a 4 year term. To serve as mayor, anyone running for office must live in Pepper Pike for at least the last 12 months.
Pepper Pike Population 2020
Pepper Pike has a population of 6,242. Of this number, 7.2% are male, and 52.8% are female. The city spans more than seven miles, with a population density of more than 904 people per square mile.
Pepper Pike’s population continues to boom at an annual growth rate of 0.67%. The city’s population has grown by 4.66% since 2010.
The median age in the area is 49 years. Seniors comprise the majority of the population at 26%, while those aged 34 to 54 years make up 25.3%.
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Pepper Pike Diversity 2020
Pepper Pike is a relatively ethnically-diverse city, with 2.9% of the population being of two or more races or ethnicities. 82.6% of residents are White, and 10.3% are Asian. The city is also home to people who have Irish, Polish, German, English, and Italian descent.
The city is predominantly English-speaking with 82.9% of residents using the language. 3.1% of the population speak Korean and 3.6% speak Indo-European languages.
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Pepper Pike Education 2020
Pepper Pike has a solid combination of college-educated adults and good schools, making it among the most educated communities in America.
43.1% or nearly 2,000 adults hold a graduate or professional degree, 78.9% or more than 1,500 hold a bachelor’s degree, and 2.4% or about 105 hold an associate degree.
11% of adults who are 25 years old and above finished college and 98.6% graduated from high school.
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SCHOOLS IN Pepper Pike
Orange City School District emphasizes to its students the connection learning has to leading and making a positive impact in communities. This school system is ranked as #15 out of all school districts in the Cleveland area by Niche.com based on impressive statistics, highly ranked reviews, and overall academic achievement.
This district services a total of 2,026 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and is proud of its low average student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.
Niche.com ranks this district as #4 for being one of the best places to teach across the state, and the district’s teachers rank as #12 out of 608 in terms of overall excellence across Ohio.
Orange City School District holds high standards in terms of classroom performance, teacher qualifications, clubs and activities, resources and facilities, health and safety, and college prep. These are only a few areas in which this district shines.
Pepper Pike Housing 2020
Based on the number of larger, single-family homes, this city has a higher portion of +4 bedroom homes than 98% of other cities across the US.
1.9% of properties are valued under $60K, and 0.5% of properties are valued between $60K and $120K. From there, percentages increase: 5.2% of properties come in between $120K-$239K, and 13.9% of homes are worth $239K-$359K. 42.9% of homes are valued between $239K and $478K. Even more expensive properties exist, seeing as there are multiple properties that exceed $896K and even $1.2 million.
51.2% of buildings were constructed between 1940 and 1969. 37.4% of properties broke ground between 1970 and 1999, and 8.9% of homes were built after 2000. Meanwhile, only 2.5% of homes were built in 1939 or previous years.
Additionally, Pepper Pike’s annual appreciation rate from October 2018 to October 2019 was above 80% of other Ohio cities.
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Pepper Pike housing options are among some of the most expensive available across not only Ohio, but also across the United States as a whole.
Out of roughly 2,170 houses and apartments in Pepper Pike, 92.5% of properties are owned, whereas only 7.5% are rented. This makes sense, especially considering the vast majority of home types are single-family residences, with condos making up 3% of the market and only 1.3% of residences being apartment buildings.
Larger properties are the most common, seeing that 46.1% of residences have 4 bedrooms. 20.4% of homes have 5 or more bedrooms, and 29.4% of properties have 3 bedrooms. 3.7% of housing options have 2 bedrooms, and only 0.3% have 1 bedroom.
Because housing types tend to be larger properties that consist of more square footage, it follows that the median home value is so high, seeing as the median home value stands at $438K.
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Pepper Pike Economy 2020
Nearly 4,000 people work to invigorate Pepper Pike’s economy. The largest industries in the city include manufacturing, retail and trade, and healthcare. An estimated 92% of adults are telecommuters who work in administrative white-collar professions.
The unemployment in Pepper Pike nears 3% while the overall poverty rate tracks at 5.3%. The median household income in Pepper Pike is $193,889, which is significantly higher than the US median. The per capita income in the area is $94,046. A Pepper Pike resident earns an average annual salary that is 85% higher than the US average at $189,734.
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Cost of Living
Pepper Pike is among the most expensive places to raise a family in Ohio and in all of the U.S.
Overall, the cost of living in the city is about 31% higher than the national average, and about 44% higher than the Ohio average.
Real estate prices in Pepper Pike are among the highest not only in Ohio but in all of the U.S. Housing prices in the city are about 99% higher than the national average.
The costs of healthcare and groceries in Parma are about 6% higher than the national average. One can also expect to pay for transportation expenses that are 3% higher than the national average.
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Pepper Pike can be divided into 4 neighborhoods: Brainard Kersdale Pikers, Fairmount Boulevard, North Woodland Road, and Pepperwood Lane/Country Lane.
The most expensive neighborhoods in Pepper Pike are found between Shaker Boulevard and Lander Road. The eastern side of the city’s median real estate price is $612K, which is higher than 99.5% of other Ohio neighborhoods and more expensive than 89.1% of neighborhoods across the United States.
On the other hand, the area defined by City Center and Ursuline College is the most affordable part of town. The western half of Pepper Pike has a median real estate price of $438K, which is still higher than 98% of comparable Ohio neighborhoods and 80.1% of neighborhoods on the national level.
All in all, Pepper Pike’s neighborhoods are among the wealthiest in the country. To back this statement up, only 1.6% of American communities are more affluent than the less expensive part of the city.