Pepper Pike

A suburb of Cleveland and lying 12.5 miles east of the city, Pepper Pike is home to an estimated 6,330 people. It has a size of 7.15 square miles and is part of Cuyahoga County. It purportedly received its name from the Pepper family who lived and worked in the town near the turnpike.

Famous for its trees, there is a city ordinance in Pepper Pike that requires all homes to be built on lots of at least one acre, to preserve the local foliage.

The bounty of trees gives Pepper Pike a rural feel, with 98% of residents owning their own homes. The quality of said homes is pristine, as the median home value is $440,600. The residents are well educated, with 44% holding a master’s degree or higher (32% above the national average), and 34% earning a bachelor’s degree (14% above the national average). The levels of higher education attained seem to have a direct effect on the citizens’ wealth, as the median household income is $190,682. For employment, the most common industries for residents of Pepper Pike are health care and social assistance (23.3%), professional, scientific, and technical services (10.7%), and manufacturing (10.6%).

Pepper Pike has some of the highest-rated public schools in the state, including Orange High School, which is the sixth-ranked public school in the Cleveland area. Across the street from the high school is the Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. For young women interested in higher education, Ursuline College, a liberal-arts Catholic women’s college founded in 1871 has an enrollment of 1,100 and is situated within the Pepper Pike city limits.

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