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Bedford is a city in Cuyahoga Countymarker, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 14,214 at the 2000 census. It is an eastern suburb of Clevelandmarker.


Bedford is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (13.9 km2), all of it land.


1797 - Bedford Township is founded, and is part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. (Bedford Township existed as a government until 1951, when the City of Bedford Heights, the Village of Oakwood, and the Village of Walton Hills are established. The Village of Maple Heights left Bedford Township in 1915.)

1816 - The Taylor Chair Company is established along Tinkers Creek, by Benjamin Franklin Fitch.

1837 - The Village of Bedford is founded, and consists of what would be the geographic center of Bedford Township.

1861 - 1865 Bedford sends over 140 of its' sons to fight in the Civil War.

1830's - 1890's - Industries spring up along Tinkers' Creek, using the fast-flowing water as a source of power to operate numerous mills.

1870 - First Baptist Church is established on the Bedford Commons before moving to its present location in 1968 at the corner of Turney Road and West Glendale Avenue.

1890s - Bedford becomes a train isthmus for the railroad network. In 1889, the Bedford Depot for passengers awaiting trains.

1905 - A new Bedford Central High School is opened (Now part of Central Primary School, it is one of the oldest continuously operating school buildings in the area)

1915 - The Village of Maple Heights splits from Bedford Township, In 1932 Maple Heights Village achieves city status.

1923 - Saint Mary's Parish becomes Bedford's first Catholic Parish

1927 - The new Bedford Senior High School opens at the corner of Washington Street and Columbus Roads to accommodate a growing student body. This would later be known as "Moody High School", then later "Moody Junior High School". It was demolished in the 1990's. It borders Tarbell Avenue, one of the oldest brick-paved streets in Ohio.

1928 - The Vincentian Sisters of Charity open their convent. Bedford Hospital established.

1930 - The Northfield Road Bridge opens for traffic

1932 - The City of Bedford adopts a Council-Manager form of Municipal Government

1952 - St. Pius X Parish established by the Marist Fathers

1957 - St. Peter Chanel High School opens and Bedford High School also opens, both on Northfield Road.

1958 - Lumen Cordium opens

1950s - The first car dealerships open on Broadway Avenue creating the first Bedford Automile.

1951 - Bedford Heights Village and Oakwood Village are established, splitting off from Bedford Township. Bedford Heights Village achieves city status in 1961.

1958 - Bedford Senior High School located at 481 Northfield Road is opened.

1963 - Elmer Flick, a lifelong resident of Bedford, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Famemarker. St. Peter Chanel High is expanded

1969 - The 10-story Willard House Apartment opens for residents.

1969-1971 - Bedford High expands, adding the North and South Wings, expansion of the Vocational wing, and addition of the Robert W. Wright Natatorium.

1971 - Elmer Flick dies at age 94, and is laid to rest in Bedford

1980s - Northfield Road Bridge is renovated; rededicated on September 12, 1987 by Governor Richard F. Celeste; the events surrounding the re-opening of the bridge cap off Bedford's sesquicentennial celebration.

1989 - Lumen Cordium closes, all students transfer to St. Peter Chanel High School

1994 - The Marist Fathers leave St. Peter Chanel HS, also Chanel HS breaks its football losing streak.

1994 - Bedford Bearcat Stadium is dedicated and opens during a weeklong schedule of activities. The Bearcats defeat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 4-0.

1995 - Target opens one of its first North East Ohio stores in Bedford. In 2010, it will be closing.

2001 - St. Peter Chanel HS wins its first State Football Championship title

2003 - Bedford High Alumna Halle Berry wins the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film "Monster's Ball"

2000s - The Automile shifts from Broadway to Rockside Roads.

The Automile

The Bedford Automile began as a collection of car dealerships on Broadway Avenue. The first dealerships appeared in the 1950s. As the auto industry changed, more dealerships and makes and models appeared. This trend created a new Automile on Rockside Road.

Listing of Car Dealerships

  • Mazda Saab of Bedford
  • Smart Center Bedford
  • Mercedes-Benz of Bedford
  • Ganley Chrysler Jeep Dodge
  • Bedford Nissan
  • Jay Honda
  • Ganley Volkswagen of Bedford
  • Ganley Subaru of Bedford
  • Frank Nero Lincoln-Mercury

  • Infiniti of Bedford
  • Motorcars Acura Volvo
  • Kia of Bedford
  • Toyota of Bedford
  • Rick Case Mitsubishi Hyundai
  • Jay Pontiac Buick GMC
  • Tim Lally Chevorlet
  • Fred Baker Audi Porsche


As of the census of 2000, there were 14,214 people, 6,659 households, and 3,682 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,653.3 people per square mile (1,023.9/km2). There were 7,062 housing units at an average density of 1,318.2/sq mi (508.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.01% White, 17.63% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 6,659 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.1 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,943, and the median income for a family was $47,142. Males had a median income of $36,524 versus $27,851 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,076. About 5.5% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

City Officials

Bedford City Council Chambers
  • Mayor/President of Council: Daniel S. Pocek
  • Acting City Manager: Kenneth A. Schuman
  • Council Ward One: Warner Batten
  • Council Ward Two: Stan Koci
  • Council Ward Three: Marilyn Zolata
  • Council Ward Four: Paula Mizsak
  • Council Ward Five: Greg Pozar
  • Council Ward Six: Donald Saunders

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