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Strongsville is a city in Cuyahoga Countymarker, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 43,858 as of the 2000 Census. The current mayor, Thomas Perciak, was elected in November 2003 following the death of longtime mayor Walter F. Ehrnfelt on May 25, 2003. The city's nickname is 'Crossroads of the Nation,' as this is where the Ohio Turnpike and Interstate 71 intersect.


Strongsville is located at (41.312752, -81.831976) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.6 square miles (63.8 km²), of which, 24.6 square miles (63.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water. The east branch of the Rocky Rivermarker enters Strongsville from North Royalton and exits into Berea. Valley Parkway parallels the river's northwesterly course. This portion of the Cleveland Metroparks, named Mill Stream Run, includes Bonnie Park. Abutting the Rocky River, the recreation area offers visitors a pavilion, picnicking facilities, two small ponds, and several sport fields. Bonnie Park serves as a hub for hiking, bridle, and paved multi-purpose trails.


Strongsville High School serves well over 2,750 students in grades 9 through 12, a staff of over 250 teachers. Center and Albion middle schools (serving 7th and 8th graders) are about 70 and 35 years old, respectively. The city's eight elementary schools serve pre-kindergarten through 6th grade: Allen, Chapman, Drake, Kinsner, Muraski, Surrarrer, Whitney, and Zellers. A private Catholic school, St. Joseph and John's, serves children through the 8th grade. A branch of ITT Technical Institute is located on Sprague Road.

School name School mascot Grades
Strongsville High School Mustangs 9th - 12th Grade
Albion Middle School Mustangs 7th & 8th Grade
Center Middle School Mustangs 7th & 8th Grade
Allen Elementary Allstars K-6th Grade
Chapman Elementary Chargers K-6th Grade
Drake Elementary Bees K-6th Grade
Kinsner Elementary Cobras K-6th Grade
Muraski Elementary Wildcats K-6th Grade
Surrarrer Elementary Roadrunners K-6th Grade
Whitney Elementary Bears K-6th Grade
Zellers Elementary Zonkers K-6th Grade


(For more information about the founding of Strongsville, go to [19474]

Strongsville officially became a township on February 25, 1818, a village in 1923, and was ultimately designated a city in 1961. Founded by settlers arriving in the newly purchased Connecticut Western Reserve, the city was named after John Stoughton Strong, the group's leader. Many of the main streets in the city are named after other principle figures in the city's history, e.g. Howe, Drake, Shurmer, Whitney, et al.

In the mid 1800s, the Pomeroy House, then called The Homestead, was a stop on the underground railroad. Alanson Pomeroy, the home owner and a prominent Strongsville resident, concealed runaway slaves on his property. From this residence in Strongsville, the runaway slaves were taken to boats on Rocky River for transport to Cananda.

On April 11, 1965, an F4 tornado hit Strongsville; see Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965.


As of the census of 2000, there were 43,858 people, 16,209 households, and 12,383 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,779.6 people per square mile (687.2/km²). There were 16,863 housing units at an average density of 684.2/sq mi (264.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.18% White, 1.26% African American, 0.05% Native American, 3.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 16,209 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $68,660, and the median income for a family was $76,964 (these figures had risen to $79,715 and $90,870 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $54,988 versus $33,129 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,722. About 1.3% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. "Ohio History Central

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