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Shaker Heights Ohio Overview and Crime Rate Statistics

This is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It is the inner-ring streetcar suburb of Cleveland that abuts the city’s eastern edge. It was in July 1911 that a petition was signed by the property owners here and they were successful in detaching the long stretch of land from the south of Cleveland Heights and named it Shaker Heights. This is a planned community that was developed by the Van Sweringen brothers who were railroad moguls who envisioned the community as a place for a suburban retreat from the inner city of Cleveland that is more industrial.

According to the US Census Bureau, this city has a total area of 6.32 square miles out of which a total of 6.28 square miles makes upland, and the other 0.04 square miles is water. This city is located roughly 1050 feet above sea level and is around 6 miles inland from the Lake Erie. There are also some artificial lakes that you can find here such as Horseshoe Lake, Lower Shaker Lake, Marshall Lake, and Green Lake.

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Shaker Heights Ohio Population

According to the 2010 Census, the total number of people living there were 28,448 who lived in 11,840 households and 7,716 families. The density of population was 4,529 inhabitants per square mile. There are a total of 13,316 housing units here which are at a density of 2120 per square miles. The racial makeup found in this city was 55% Whites, 37.1% African Americans, 0.1% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 0.6% other races, and 2.7% of the people there belonged to two or more races. Latino and Hispanic people make up 2.2% of the entire population.


Of the 11,840 households, 34.4% had children below the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were couples that were married and living together, 15.3% were female only households without a husband present while 3.1% were male-only households with no wife present. 31.1% of households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% were someone over the age of 65 who lived alone. The average size of a household was 2.39, and that of a family was 3.03. The gender makeup here was 54.8% female and 45.2% male.

The median income for a household here was $76,476, and the median income of a family here was $105,660. The per capita income of the city was $47,360. The total percentage of families and the population that lies below the poverty level here is 5.3% and 8.6% respectively.

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Shaker Heights Ohio Crime Rate

The overall crime rate in the city of Shaker Heights is 15 per 1000 residents which are close to the average crime rate in all communities all over America. According to the FBI crime data it was found that the probability of an individual being victim to a crime here was 1 in 67. In Ohio, Shaker Heights crime rates are lower than almost 38% of other communities. When compared to other cities of similar size it was found that the crime rate here was noticeably lower than the other cities in the list. This makes Shaker Heights a comparatively safe city to live in.

It is also essential to learn whether violent crimes or property crimes contribute more to the total crime rate. It was found that the chance of a resident being victim to a violent crime here is one in 465 that is the violent crime rate here is 2 per one thousand residents while the chance of a person being victim to property crime such as grand theft auto, burglary, larceny, and arson was calculated to be 13 per 1000 residents which is near the average property crime rate of communities of all sizes in America.

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