Pepper Pike, Ohio

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Pepper Pike is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is an affluent suburb of Cleveland. The population was 6,040 at the 2000 census.



In 1815, sixteen pioneers settled the area along the eastern border of present-day Cuyahoga County. In 1820, Orange Township was established, which included the present municipalities of Pepper Pike, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange Village and Woodmere. Orange Township was the birthplace of President James A. Garfield in 1831. By the late 1880s, dairy farming and cheese production became the primary industry of the township. In 1924, residents of the northwestern quadrant of Orange Township voted to separate, and the village of Pepper Pike was incorporated. The name "Pepper Pike" was selected after the Pepper family, who lived and worked along the primary transportation corridor (i.e., turnpike). Incorporated as a city in 1970, Pepper Pike operates under the mayor-council form of government. The population was 5,933 in 1970, increasing to 6,177 in 1980, with the current population remaining below 6,200.


Pepper Pike is located at 41°28′37″N 81°28′8″W / 41.47694°N 81.46889°W / 41.47694; -81.46889 (41.476836, -81.468975)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²), of which, 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²) of it is land and 0.14% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,040 people, 2,203 households, and 1,857 families residing in the city. The population density was 851.5 people per square mile (328.9/km²). There were 2,296 housing units at an average density of 323.7/sq mi (125.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.93% White, 4.87% African American, 0.05% Native American, 4.16% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

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