Shaker Heights

Incorporated in 1912, Shaker Heights got its name from its elevation (1,050 feet above sea level) and the former owners of the land that the community was formed on. The North Union Community of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing who were also known as ‘Shakers’ were the previous landowners and the city is named after them. In its first census taken in 1920, Shaker Heights was home to 1,616 people. Due to its growth as a streetcar suburb, 100 years later Shaker Heights now has a population of 27,027 people. It’s 9 miles east of Cleveland, and 22 minutes by car away from the city. Shaker Heights is part of Cuyahoga County and covers an area of 6.33 square miles. It is the hometown of NBA player and Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier.

Education is a focal point in Shaker Heights, evidenced by the highly-rated schools (public and private), majestic public library, a large number of people who work in education, and the high education level of the citizens. 66% of citizens in Shaker Heights possess a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is more than double the national average of 32%. The level of education is surely a contributing factor to the wealth of the citizens who sport a median household income of $87,235, which is nearly $20,000 above the national average. To earn those salaries, the most common industry employers in Shaker Heights are health care and social assistance (26.1%), educational services (14.5%), and professional, scientific, and technical services (12%). A great number of health care workers are employed by the University Hospitals Health System, which is headquartered in Shaker Heights.

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