Cuyahoga County was established on June 7, 1808, from a portion of Geauga County. Cuyahoga The county’s name is derived from the Native American word meaning “crooked river.” County’s 458 square land miles were originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve.
General Moses Cleaveland brought the first European settlers to the area in 1796. He founded the city of Cleveland that same year. With completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal and its location on Lake Erie, Cleveland prospered as a trade center and became a major industrial site. Many people from around the world came to Cleveland during the late 1800s and early 1900s looking for work in the city’s industries. This is reflected today in the county’s ethnic diversity; however, the county has experienced a declining population in recent years due to urban sprawl and the loss of industrial jobs.
Approximately forty-five percent of Cuyahoga County’s residents earn their living by working in service industries, including in health care and communications. Other employment includes manufacturing, sales and the shipping industry. The county has three major professional sports franchises, the Cleveland Browns (football), the Cleveland Cavaliers (basketball) and the Cleveland Indians (baseball).
Among the county’s more famous residents were comedian Bob Hope, 20th President of the United States James Garfield and Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller.
Cuyahoga County City of Cleveland
Cities in Eastern and Southern Cuyahoga County
Beachwood Bentleyville Chagrin Falls
Cleveland Heights Euclid Gates Mills
Highland Heights Hunting Valley Lyndhurst
Mayfield Village Mayfield Heights Moreland Hills
Orange Village Pepper Pike Richmond Heights
Shaker Heights Solon South Euclid