Berea, located in the southeast corner of Cuyahoga County, is a town of approximately 19,000 residents. Founded in 1836, it was named for the Biblical town of Beroea. Today, Berea is home to the Cleveland Browns training facility and the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
Berea was founded in 1836 by New Englander, John Baldwin. Baldwin would go on to found the Baldwin Institute (later, Baldwin-Wallace College) and to capitalize on the sandstone, found along the Rocky River in Berea.
Baldwin invented the grindstone, used until the 1940s to sharpen knives and farm implements. Berea became known as the "Grindstone Capital of the World."
According to the 2010 U.S. Census report, Berea has 19,093 residents. Approximately 88.8% are white and slightly less than half (43.7%) are married. The median age is 37.1 years and the median household income is $45,699.
The Berea School District, which includes Middleburg Heights, Brook Park and a portion of Olmsted Falls, was ranked as one of the 20 best systems in Cuyahoga County, according to a recent local magazine survey. The district incorporates 12 schools, 450 Teachers, and 7,700 Students. Two parochial schools augment the system. Berea City Schools also has one of the largest community education and preschool programs in the state.
Berea is also home to Baldwin-Wallace College, a liberal arts school with 4,500 students, founded in 1848.
The Cleveland Metroparks snake through Berea and tie it to the other parks of the Emerald Necklace. In addition, the Berea Rec Center on Front Street offers swimming, exercise programs, and a variety of other sports and activities for residents.
Berea hosts a number of popular events each year. Among these are the Cuyahoga County Fair, the Berea Rib Cook-off in May, and the Cleveland Irish Festival. Berea is also home to the Cleveland Browns training camp, held each July and August.
Berea has five primary shopping areas: Berea Commons and Downtown Triangle, River Park Center, West Valley Plaza, Berea Plaza, and the North End. Berea enjoys two major supermarkets, three drug stores, four car dealerships, and almost 500 other businesses.
Berea Ohio Restaurants
Among the many independently-owned restaurants in Berea are:
- The Station
- Cornerstone Brewing Company
- The Oriole Cafe
- Nam Wah Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant
- Berea Union Depot Taverne
Famous Berea Residents
Notable Berea residents, past and present, include astronaut Charles Bassett, Cleveland Browns kicker Lou Groza, sports commentator Bud Collins, children's author Nancy McArthur and former OSU head football coach Jim Tressel.
Hotels near Berea
Berea is located just a few miles away from the numerous hotels located around Cleveland Hopkins Airport.