Before English settlers came to the area later known as Richfield, Native American tribes including the Delaware, Miami, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Seneca, and Shawnese occupied the land.
In 1795, the Connecticut Land Company purchased a swath of land which included what would later encompass Richfield. Founded in 1809, Richfield’s name refers to the village’s rich and nutritious soil. Early settlers came from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York specifically.
Skirmishes with Native American were common in the township’s early days until the War of 1812, when Native Americans left Ohio to join the war effort with England.
Fast-forwarding to 1970, Mayor Kenneth Swan officially signed an ordinance which declared Richfield Village as the first ever “world city” in the United States. During this time, the population in Richfield was 3,228.
The population took a dip in 1990 by 9.3%, but positive population growth returned through the early 2000s and 2010s. Today, about 3,600 residents live in the village.
Of 3,600 residents, the median resident age is 47.7 years, which is due in part to the village’s large number of retired residents. Additionally, 49.5% of the population is male, while 50.5% is female.
96.2% of residents are White, while 1.4% are of Asian descent. 1% of the population is multiracial, and 0.7% are Black. 0.6% of the population identifies as Hispanic.
Impressively, 41.9% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 15% have a graduate or professional degree.
The estimated median household income is about $86K, and the estimated per capita income is $46K. The unemployment rate is about 5.5%.
TOP Richfield HIGHLIGHTS
Richfield’s average annual temperature is roughly 50°F. To compare, this is about 5°F under the national average temperature, but roughly even with the state’s average.
Richfield residents can expect average monthly temperatures to drop below 40°F between November and February. Spring months see temperatures climb to roughly 55°F. Summers in this part of Ohio bring cooler temperatures than other areas of the country, seeing as July’s average temperature is 75°F.
Richfield’s average annual precipitation is 49.84 inches, which is slightly over the state’s average and the country’s average. An average of 51 inches of snow impacts Richfield each year, and Richfield sees an average of 50 snowy days annually.
The state of Ohio typically experiences storms, flooding, tornadoes and blizzards. Richfield is affected by all of these forms of natural disaster. However, tornadoes are not common in the area, and the town experiences less than average storms and flooding. While Ohio has a total of 19 tornadoes a year, Richfield and its surrounding area will only have about 5.
The town experiences about 6 severe storms a year, some of which can lead to flooding. The Cuyahoga River runs just east of the town, and local residents can be affected when heavy rainfall causes the river to overflow.
Richfield Commute Time
Richfield Commuter Travel Behavior
For those 25 years and over in Richfield, the mean commute to work is 23.5 minutes. This is due in large part to the village’s location near popular roadways and nearby cities.
Interstate 77 runs north and south through Richfield’s eastern sections of town, and Interstate 271 cuts through Richfield’s southern section. Meanwhile, Interstate 80 is quickly accessed on Richfield’s northern side or by way of Interstate 271. All in all, these roadways make travel very convenient.
It takes about 30 minutes to reach Cleveland, Ohio or Akron, Ohio, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is about a 25 minute drive northwest.
Richfield has low crime rates and it is safer than 80% of other American cities. The safest neighborhoods are Streetsboro Road/Broadview Road and Village Center.
The average amount of violent crimes in Ohio per 1,000 residents is 2.80, and the average amount of property crimes is 21.77. On the other hand, Richfield experiences only .27 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 5.76 property crimes.
With a population of 3,637, only 1 in 3,646 people will become a victim of violent crimes. Meanwhile, the Ohio average is 1 in 357.
The village council of Richfield meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30PM.
Members of the village council include the president of council, vice president of council, and 5 council members, each of whom are elected at-large. Additionally, a council clerk serves to support the council.
The Richfield Chamber of Commerce is comprised of businesses and community members who are focused on promoting economic development and commerce in Richfield.
Through providing a forum, the chamber gives area businesses and members networking, promotional, and community involvement opportunities. The chamber also puts together multiple committees annually to accomplish beneficial goals.
As the chief elected official, the mayor of Richfield acts as the chief executive officer and presides at governmental meetings.
Some responsibilities include delegating power to appointed village employees with village council approval and representing the best interests of Richfield’s community in daily affairs.
Richfield Population 2020
Richfield’s population is nearly 3,650. The population density is reportedly 392.72 per square mile, which is higher than Ohio’s average of 257.90 per square mile and the U.S. average of 82.73 per square mile.
Around 50.45% of the population is female, which equals about 1,880 residents. Another 49.55% of the population is male, which translates to roughly 1,770 residents.
Less than 5% of residents are under 5 years old, and about 23% of residents are between 6-18. About 10% of Richfield’s population is between 25-34, while over 30% of the population is between 35-54. About 15% of residents are 65 and over.
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Richfield Diversity 2020
Richfield’s population is 96.4% White. To compare, Ohio’s population is reportedly 81.5% White. Another 3% Richfield residents are biracial or multiracial, and less than 1% of residents are Asian or Black. Altogether, Richfield doesn’t appear very ethnically diverse.
3.2% of residents were born outside of the U.S. Over 25% of the population is German, about 15% of residents are Irish, and another 15% of residents have Polish ancestry.
Almost 95% of Richfield’s population only speak English. Around 2% of residents speak German or another West Germanic language. Roughly 1% of Richfield residents speak Spanish, and another 1% of residents speak another Indo-European language.
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Richfield Education 2020
Richfield contains 1 public elementary school and 1 high school. Although there isn’t a middle school within Richfield’s borders, there are middle schools located just outside of the township’s borders. There are also multiple early childhood education campuses in Richfield.
Out of Richfield’s population that is over 25 years old, 95.1% are high school graduates. 18.6% of the township’s population has received some level of a college education, and another 13.5% of residents have earned an associate’s degree.
From there, 24.6% of Richfield’s population has earned a bachelor’s degree. Another 14.8% of residents have a graduate degree or hold another professional degree.
Richfield Educational Attainment of Adults (25 years and over)
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SCHOOLS IN Richfield
Revere Local School District is rated by Niche.com as #4 out of all Summit County districts based on multiple statistics, total reviews, and telling, important factors that indicate overall quality.
This district educates over 2,600 students throughout pre-kindergarten and 12th grade throughout its well-rated campuses. The average student-teacher ratio is 17 to 1, and state test scores measuring proficiency in math and reading are impressive.
Of the 608 school districts in Ohio, Revere Local School District ranks as #49 overall, #56 in terms of being teacher-friendly, and #70 in terms of teacher ratings and educational background.
There are 4 total campuses in this school district, which specifically includes Bath Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Revere Middle School, and Revere High School. Of these campuses, all have received overall A grades from Niche.com, which indicates high standards and great reviews.
In addition to great public schools, Richfield’s residents also have access to private campuses in the area.
Richfield Housing 2020
The median property value in Richfield is $310K, and the village’s property values range widely.
27% of real estate is priced between $108K-$216K. 23.2% varies between $216K-$324K. 14.8% of properties are worth between $324K-$432K, while 10.2% range from $432K-$540K. From there, 14.5% range from $540K-$811, and 9% vary at an upwards of $811K.
As for appreciation rates, Richfield’s numbers typically tracked under the national average between 2009 and 2019. During this time, the average property appreciation rate was 0.72%, which is a percentage well under 70% of other United States neighborhoods. Specifically between November 2018 and November 2019, the appreciation rate was under comparable rates. During this time, the appreciation rate was -1.34%.
Comparing Ohio trends, Richfield’s appreciation rate is under 90% of the state’s cities and towns. Recent trends show that appreciation rates may rise to 1.37%, which annualizes at a rate of 5.60%.
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Richfield Homes for Sale
Out of about 1,394 housing options, 87.7% are owner-occupied properties, while 12.3% are rented. Additionally, 1.8% of residences stand vacant.
Specifically, 14% of housing options were built in 2000 or later years, while 28% of properties were constructed between 1970-1999. 40% of residences were constructed between 1940-1969, and 18% of properties were built in or before 1939.
87.2% of properties, by far the majority, are single family type residences. Meanwhile, 8.1% of options are condominiums, and about 4% are apartment buildings.
To give an idea of size, 47.6% of properties have 3 bedrooms, and 31.3% have 4 bedrooms. When considering that 5.2% of housing options have 5 or more bedrooms as well, it’s easy to see how housing prices vary upwards. On the other side of the spectrum, 13% of residences have 2 bedrooms, and just 2.8% of properties have 1 bedroom layouts.
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Richfield Economy 2020
Richfield is largely considered affluent. The median household income is $77K, and the per capita income is around $43K. The average salary in Richfield is $84K.
About 4% of residents earn less than $15K per year, while almost 10% earn between $15K-$25K. Another 13.5% of residents make between $25K-$35K. About 14% of the population earns between $35K-$50K, while 7% make between $50K-$65K.
Another 11.5% of residents earn between $65K-$75K, while 15% of residents make $75K-$100K annually. Another 25% of the population earns over $100K per year.
For reference, the unemployment rate is 2.7%, and the overall poverty rate is 3.3%.
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Richfield Income Distribution by Gender in Common Jobs
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Cost of Living
Residents of Richfield earn an average of about $86,000 per year, which is much higher than the Ohio average of $54,000. However, the cost of living is also higher. The US average cost of living is 100 and the Ohio average is 82.6, but the Richfield average is 99.5.
Groceries and housing costs are the most expensive parts of living in Richfield. A home in the town costs over $133,000 more than the average Ohio home. Rent is also more expensive than in other parts of the state.
Richfield Poverty By Age and Gender
Richfield Poverty By Race and Ethnicity
Things to do
Richfield is a small community that is not divided into distinct neighborhoods.