Westlake Ohio City Guide

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Overview

ABOUT Westlake

Westlake is a small city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. First settled in 1810, the city was originally part of Ohio’s Dover Township. Westlake was settled on the Connecticut Western Reserve when two families traveled to the land by oxcart.

One of the first men to arrive was a Leverett Johnson, who cleared the land that would later become Westlake and became the city’s first pioneer. More settlers arrived in 1811, and the area grew into a small settlement full of cattle, horses, sawmills, orchards and even a blast furnace.

Westlake was initially a much larger city, but parts of it were seceded through the years. In 1901, the northern parts of the city became Bay Village and in 1912, the southern part became a portion of North Olmsted. The residents of the city named the remaining areas Dover Village, and it was known as that until 1940, when it was renamed Westlake.

Westlake residents are mostly working professionals and families, with an average age of 47. The average household income in Westlake is about $83,000, a much higher figure than the Ohio average of $52,000.

The average value of a house in Westlake is substantially higher than that in the rest of Ohio, and residents of Westlake tend to work in roles related to sales and management or as top executives.

The majority of Westlake residents have a high school diploma and a little over 50% hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

TOP Westlake HIGHLIGHTS

Galleries and Art Centers
Excellent Restaurants and Cafés
Fabulous Shopping
High Ranking Schools
Stunning Parks
Playgrounds and Recreation Centers
Historic Centers and Landmarks
Country Clubs and Golf Courses

Climate

Weather
Weather

The average annual temperature in Westlake is 50.3°F, which is roughly average for Ohio and slightly cooler than the estimated U.S. average of 54.5°F.

During colder times of year, the city’s monthly temperature averages just under 40°F. Summer months generally see highs around 80°F and above.

Westlake’s annual precipitation levels and average rainy days are roughly as expected for Ohio. For context, the city receives an average of 37.43 inches per year. Seeing as the city experiences an average of 80 rainy days per year, Westlake residents make good use of umbrellas.

This city also receives an average of 35.21 inches of snow per year.

Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters

Several areas in Westlake are prone to severe flooding especially those communities that are located near creeks.

Severe storms have also caused property damage and impacted traffic and transportation in the city.

To mitigate the impacts of storms, Westlake has been working on improving contingency plans for diverting traffic and improving infrastructure in high hazard areas.

The city also has high risks of hail storms, snow storms, and strong winds.

Earthquake risks in the city, however, are very low with only a total of 5 earthquakes since 1931. According to the USGS, there is only a 1.36% chance of a major earthquake within 50 kilometers of Westlake within the next 50 years.

Commute

Commute Time

Westlake Commute Time

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Commuter Transportation

Westlake Commuter Travel Behavior

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Commute

With Akron a one-hour drive from Westlake and Cleveland a short 30 minutes away, commuting from Westlake for work or leisure is easy and convenient.

The city is surrounded by popular travel routes, with the Northwest Freeway running through the northern section and Route 20 farther south. There are also plenty of roads that take you north to the popular Route 6, including Dover Center Road, Crocker Road, Canterbury Road and Clague Road.

For those who travel further afield for work, the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is conveniently located just 20 minutes from central Westlake.

Crime Rate

Westlake consistently ranks among the top 50 safest cities in the U.S.

Overall crime rate in the city is about 13 per 1,000 residents. This crime rate is about 59% lower than the national average.
Westlake’s crime rate is lower than about 42% of communities in Ohio. Westlake is also safer than about 73% of cities in the U.S.

Violent crime rate in the area is about 0.59 per 1,000 residents. This is about 68% lower than the national average.

Property crime rate, meanwhile, is 12 per 1,000 residents. Property crime rate in the city is about 57% lower than the national average.

Local Government

The Westlake City Council meets every month on the first and third Thursdays at 8 p.m. Residents are welcome to attend these meetings to discuss concerns and possible legislation. Residents can also access City Council meetings dating back to 1910 on the website or by contacting the office via email.

The closest Chamber of Commerce is the West Shore office located in Olmsted Township. The West Shore Chamber of Commerce serves businesses in Olmsted Township, Cuyahoga County and the surrounding areas. Local businesses are invited to join the chamber to work towards a sustainable and vibrant future of commerce.

The Mayor’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents and visitors are welcome to schedule a meeting with the mayor to discuss any issues, questions or concerns. They can also email the office or read through the mayor’s monthly newsletter.

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Demographic

Westlake Population 2020

Between 2010 and 2013, Westlake’s population grew from 32,350 to 32,550. Between 2013 and 2018, the population saw a steady decrease. This city’s annual growth rate is about 0.01%.

Westlake’s population density tracks around 2,041.03 per square mile, which is notably over Ohio’s average of 257.90 and the U.S. average of 82.73 per square mile.

In Westlake, about 48.9% of residents are male, and 51.1% of residents are female. Less than 25% of residents are under the age of 18. About 26% of residents range between 20-45 years of age, which indicates the majority of residents are over 45 years old.

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Westlake Population Over Time

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Westlake Population by year

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Westlake Population by Sex

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Westlake Population by Age and Sex

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Westlake Diversity 2020

An estimated 88.6% of Westlake residents are White, and 4.7% of residents are Asian. About 3.2% of the population is Black or African American. Around 2.8% of the population is biracial or multiracial.

Westlake is home to many English speakers, seeing as about 88.1% of the population only speaks English. Meanwhile, 2.6% of the population speaks Arabic, and 2.7% of residents know other Indo-European languages.

Almost 9% of Westlake’s population was born outside of the U.S., which tracks above Ohio’s average of 4.5%. As is common in this area of Ohio, German, Irish, Italian, and English ancestries are the most common.

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Westlake Race & Ethnic Diversity

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Westlake Ancestry (Top 10)

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Westlake Languages Spoken (Top 10)

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Westlake Foreign born population

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Education

Westlake Education 2020

Westlake is home to 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high school campuses. This means local students can enjoy short commutes. Around 96.5% of residents 25 years of age and over have earned their high school diploma.

Westlake’s population is largely formally educated. 17.7% of Westlake residents have some college education, and 8.5% of residents have earned an associate’s degree. Around 31.5% of the population has earned a bachelor’s degree, which is almost double the state’s percentage. Meanwhile, another 21.3% of residents have earned a graduate degree or a professional degree, which surpasses Ohio’s reported 10.5%.

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Westlake Educational Attainment of Adults (25 years and over)

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Westlake Level of Education

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SCHOOLS IN Westlake

Westlake falls under the prestigious Westlake City School District. The city is home to highly rated public and private schools that serve children from pre-kindergarten all the way up to high school.

With three Montessori schools, religious k-12 schools and plenty of private and public options, residents are able to choose from a variety of teaching methods and affiliations. More and more families are moving to Westlake so that their children can receive a quality education in a safe yet stimulating environment.

Westlake might be a small city, but it’s full of top-rated elementary schools like Dover and Hilliard. There are also inspiring high schools where students can discover performing arts, sports, science and more.

Apart from the public schools, families can choose from the numerous Montessori schools, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Westside Christian Academy and Primrose School of Westlake, to name a few. No matter where families choose to live in Westlake, high-quality schools are never far away.

Schools

ELEMENTARY
Public elementary schools in Westlake include Westlake, Bassett, Dover, Hillard and Holly Lane. These schools serve children from kindergarten through 4th grade and help foster a lifelong love of learning by introducing students to a range of subjects and extracurricular activities. Private elementary schools in Westlake are also available and are mainly affiliated with a religion.
MIDDLE
After elementary school, Westlake children attend Dover Intermediate School for fifth and sixth grade followed by Lee Burneson Middle School for seventh and eighth. Apart from their excellent academic programs, these schools also allow students to discover new passions and talents by providing them with a range of after-school clubs and activities.
HIGH
Aside from the private schools, the only high school is Westlake High School. Westlake has been continuously ranked as one of the top 10 schools in Northeast Ohio. It offers honors and advanced placement courses as well as international baccalaureate and college credit plus programs. Students can also get involved in its award winning technology and engineering departments.
PRIVATE
Private school options start with preschool. The Montessori schools and the Primrose School of Westlake offer alternative learning programs for children aged two to six. For older children, families can choose from Westside Christian Academy, Magnificat High School, Lutheran West High School and Al Ihsan School, to name a few.

Real Estate

Westlake Housing 2020

The average cost of a home in Westlake, Ohio, is $270,500 as of September 2019. Real estate in the city is increasing in value steadily, and homes appreciated by 22.3% from 2009 to 2019 and by 25.4% from 2014 to 2019. On average, real estate in Westlake is 32 years old, however, there are new constructions available and new homes are still being built as of 2019.

The median rental price for property in the city is $1,940, which is slightly higher in comparison to the rest of Ohio. About 25% of real estate in Westlake is rental property. Westlake continues to be a desirable city to live in, and both house and rental prices are predicted to continue to rise.

Home sales are pending within about 40 days of listing and they typically sell for 3% below their listed price.

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Westlake Home Appreciation Rates

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Westlake Home Value

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Westlake Median Home Value

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Westlake Median Gross Rent

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Westlake Home Ownership

Westlake Rent & Ownership

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Westlake Rent vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Westlake Household Type

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Westlake Occupied & Vacant Number of Homes and Apartments

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Westlake Property Taxes

Westlake Property Taxes Range

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Westlake Homes for Sale

With its population just over 32,400, Westlake has about 14,800 houses. Housing options in Westlake include detached single family homes, townhouses and apartments. About 26% of residents rent their homes, and the average rent as of September 2019 was $1,940 a month.

From September 2014 until September 2019, houses have appreciated by 25.4% and house prices continue to rise monthly. Most homes were built in the 1980s, however, there are older homes as well as new builds available to rent or purchase.

The majority of Westlake residents own their homes, and a little under 25% of all property is rented out. Westlake properties come in a variety of styles and designs.

There’s everything from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom high-value family homes. There are apartment complexes throughout Westlake, and the city’s main neighborhoods are Bretton Woods, Canterbury Manor, Crocker Park, Lands End and Laurel Woods.

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Westlake Economy 2020

Westlake’s median household income is about $83K, and the per capita income tracks around $50K.

The average salary of a Westlake resident is about $95K. For context, around 26% of residents earn over $100K annually, while 16% earn between $75K-$100K per year. 18.5% of residents earn between $50K-$65K annually, and another 16.4% earn between $35K-$50K per year.

The city’s unemployment rate is 3.9%, which is lower than Ohio’s estimated 5.8% unemployment rate and the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.9%. The city’s poverty rate is 5.2%, which is comparably lower than the statewide poverty rate of 14%.

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Westlake Median Household Income

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Westlake Per Capita Income

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Westlake Income Distribution

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Westlake Income Distribution by Gender in Common Jobs

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Westlake Income Distribution by Race and Ethnicity

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Employment

Westlake Unemployment Rate

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Westlake Employment Distribution by Age

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Westlake Employment Industries

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Cost of Living

Westlake is among the most expensive cities to live in Ohio and is also one of the places where the cost of living is higher than the U.S. national average.

The cost of living in Westlake is about 8% higher than the national average, and about 19% higher than the Ohio average.

High prices of housing are some of the biggest factors that contribute to the increase in the cost of living. Housing prices in Westlake are about 23% higher than the national average.

In terms of groceries and healthcare, one can expect to pay for prices that are 6% higher than the national average. Transportation costs, meanwhile, are about 3% higher than the national average.

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Westlake Poverty By Age and Gender

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Westlake Poverty By Race and Ethnicity

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Things to do

Westlake is a bustling city with plenty of restaurants, shops and cafes to enjoy. The local Crocker Park is full of shops and eateries, making it the perfect place to get some retail therapy or to just relax and people watch. There’s also an IMAX movie theater in the shopping center showing all the new release films. For those who want to enjoy the great outdoors, the Bunns Lake Wildlife Area and the Bradley Woods Reservation are located in the southwestern part of the city. Westlake is also just a short 10-minute drive from Lake Erie and the picturesque Huntington Beach. Local sports enthusiasts have their pick of country clubs, with Lakewood, Westwood, Meadowood and Hilliard Lakes all located in Westlake or within a five-minute drive. The city’s main country club is Lakewood, and it offers members an 18-hole course and practice greens as well as a swimming pool complex, four tennis courts and a fitness center.
Parks & Recreation
There are plenty of lush parks and nature reserves for Westlake families to enjoy. Bunns Lake Wildlife Area and Bradley Woods Reservation are located in southwest Westlake and have plenty of walking trails and lookout points. Residents can also head to Lakewood Country Club or Meadowood Golf Course for golfing and swimming or to play a game of tennis.
Shopping
Crocker Park is the go-to shopping center in Westlake. The complex is full of high-end stores and boutiques where you can find anything from clothes to books to sporting goods. Crocker Park also has grocery stores, fitness centers, restaurants and an IMAX movie theater.
Art & Culture
Westlake has a vibrant art scene with many prominent galleries and studios open to visitors. There’s also an active Arts Council that promotes local art and organizes workshops and classes. Apart from the visual arts, there is the Westlake City School Performing Art Center where residents can catch dance performances, concerts, plays and musicals.
Night Life
The night life in Westlake is mainly made up of bars and restaurants. Residents can enjoy casual American sports bars, British style pubs and Spanish wine bars. For a more laid back experience, there’s a Dave & Buster’s, which features classic American food and fun arcade games.
Restaurants
There are plenty of restaurant options in Westlake that will satisfy every taste and budget. Crocker Park is home to everything from cafés to casual lunch spots to fine dining. Visitors can enjoy sushi, steak, Lebanese-American eats, Mexican food and more.
WESTLAKE NEIGHBORHOODS

The main neighborhoods in Westlake are Bretton Woods, Canterbury Manor, Crocker Park, Lands End and Laurel Woods.

Starting in northwest Westlake, Crocker Park is home to about 2,300 people. The average rent is about $1,000 and the average income is slightly higher than that of Westlake.

Lands End is a much smaller neighborhood in western Westlake with a population of nearly 100 and an average rent of about $1,200.
Bretton Woods is located in the southwestern part of the city. There are about 1,100 residents and the average rent is a little over $1,200.

Laurel Woods in eastern Westlake is the city’s largest neighborhood. Home to over 3,800 people, the neighborhood is also the cheapest with an average rent of $676.

Lands End and Crocker Park are the most desirable neighborhoods in Westlake due to their higher end housing options and their proximity to shops, restaurants and recreation centers.

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