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Fairview Park is a city in Cuyahoga Countymarker, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker. It borders Clevelandmarker to the east, Westlakemarker and North Olmstedmarker to the west, Rocky Rivermarker to the north and Brook Parkmarker to the south. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 17,572.


Fairview Park was originally part of Rockport Townshipmarker, later the Rocky River hamlet. The hamlet was incorporated as a village in 1903 and was split in 1910, with the northern part of the region becoming Rocky River and the southern part assuming the name Goldwood. Part of the Goldwood Township was later annexed to Rocky River and Goldwood would subsequently be incorporated as a separate village. Afterwards, Goldwood was split into two regions. A large portion of the land to the north became the Village of Fairview (later Fairview Village). Meanwhile, the remaining land located in the southwest corner and land along Center Ridge Road remained as Goldwood and was later incorporated as a village. By 1925, the remaining Goldwood region was renamed Parkview.

Both Fairview Village and Parkview remained small suburbs of its neighboring Cleveland (which had annexed most of what was West Park in 1923). In 1929, an economic recession in Fairview led to consideration of annexation to Cleveland. However, the plan never went to the ballot and Fairview maintained its independence. In 1948, Fairview became Fairview Park. Much of the growth of this region did not occur until after World War II. Most notably, the village began attracting former Cleveland residents when Fairview Shopping Center opened in 1947 on Lorain Road. Finally, in 1950, the village's size exceeded 5,000 at 9,234 and became the City of Fairview Park. The first city charter was adopted in November 1958. The remaining Parkview region would later be annexed to Fairview in 1967.


Fairview Park is located at (41.441697, -81.857380) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 17,572 people, 7,856 households, and 4,713 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,742.2 people per square mile (1,443.5/km²). There were 8,152 housing units at an average density of 1,736.1/sq mi (669.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.97% White, 0.64% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.50% of the population. Ancestries include German (29.7%), Irish (26.7%), English (10.7%), Polish (8.9%), Italian (8.8%), and Slovak (5.6%).

There were 7,856 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,487, and the median income for a family was $62,803. Males had a median income of $45,318 versus $33,565 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,662. About 2.4% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

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Notable natives and residents

  • Matt Kata - baseball player for the Houston Astros
  • Kevin Garvey - AKA Marvey. Known for his role in the Office and Reno 911. Also starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.
  • Jamie Mueller - NFL Football Player-Buffalo Bills Fullback
  • Tom Cousineau - NFL Football Player-Cleveland Browns Linebacker
  • Sally Priesand - first female rabbi ordained in the United States
  • M. Frank Rudy - patented the cushioning system trademarked by Nike as the Nike "Air" sole.
  • Terrence McDonnell - 5-time Emmy Award-winning television writer/producer
  • John Jude Palencar - Illustrator - Illustrated cover of Eragon and over 100 other books.
  • Stephen Bostwick - Controversial Artist and Monument Designer
  • Danny Karliak - Coolest Kid on the face of the Earth


  • The Encyclopedia Of Cleveland History by Cleveland Bicentennial Commission (Cleveland, Ohio), David D. Van Tassel (Editor), and John J. Grabowski (Editor) ISBN 0-253-33056-4
  • From Rockport to West Park by Ralph A. Pfingsten ISBN 0-9759618-0-2
  • Fairview Park in Historical Review by Margaret Schaefer Goebelt ISBN B0006CZE76

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