People & Places

Location & Population

Location

The City of Wickliffe is located in Northeast Ohio in Lake County, 12 miles east of Downtown Cleveland and 10 miles west of Painesville, the county seat. Wickliffe is 4.68 square miles.

Climate

The normal daily maximum temperature in January is 31.9F and daily minimum is 17.6F. Temperatures in July on average reach daily maximum of 82.4F and the daily minimum is 61.4F. Annually, the average precipitation is 36.6 inches of rain and 54.6 inches of snow. The highest temperature on record in Cleveland is 104F. The lowest is -20F.

Area

Cleveland-Akron Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) consists of eight counties: Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Lorain, Medina, Ashtabula, Summit and Portage.

  • Population 2,945,831
  • 15th largest consumer market in the U.S.

Population

  • Wickliffe (2010) 12,750
  • Lake County (2010) 230,041

Ethnic Composition

  • White 92.8%
  • Black 4.5%
  • Other 2.7%

Households

  • 5,780 (2010)

Education & Libraries

Schools

Wickliffe City Schools student enrollment is approximately 1,500. Facilities include Elementary, Middle and High schools with a student teacher ratio of 14:1. Seventy percent of all students enter post high school education or training.

Wickliffe public schools have been repeatedly recognized nationally for excellence in educational curriculum and enjoy an award-winning teaching staff.

There are also two parochial elementary schools in Wickliffe-- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and All Saints.

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Wickliffe Colleges & Universities

The Center for Pastoral Leadership is a 52-acre campus that houses all the resources of the Diocese of Cleveland for preparing lay and ordained Roman Catholic clergy. The Center teams with John Carroll University to grant undergraduate and masters degrees for men considering the priesthood. Two hundred people are enrolled in various programs, including women and Christians of other denominations studying theology.

Nearby, Jewish men study at Telshe Yeshiva, the internationally prominent center for Orthodox scholarship. The 53-acre campus has 300 students attending high school, college, graduate, and postgraduate levels of study, primarily for careers as religious educators and Rabbis.

Area Colleges & Universities

The Cleveland area has 23 colleges and universities. Some of the area’s well-known universities are Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Baldwin-Wallace College, John Carroll University, Lakeland Community College and Lake Erie College.

Library

In 1997, the doors opened to Wickliffe’s new 22,000 square foot library that is science- and art- friendly. The state-of-the-art facility features computerized circulation systems, access to online resources and the ability to search libraries around the world. The library also provides more space for meetings and its specialized literacy and children programming. Wickliffe Public Library: 944-6010.

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Area Churches & Attractions

Churches

  • Covenant Baptist Church
    585-7350
  • Fellowship United Church of Christ
    944-7240
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
    585-0700
  • Vineyard Christian Fellowship
    944-4402
  • Wickliffe Presbyterian Church
    585-8412

Community Attractions

  • Coulby Park Aquatic Center
  • Wickliffe Hall of Fame
  • Harry Coulby Mansion
  • Provo House
  • “Spirit of ‘76” Historic Marker
  • Wickliffe Historical Society

Cleveland Area Cultural Venues

  • Severence Hall / Cleveland Orchestra
  • Cleveland Playhouse
  • Playhouse Square Theater District
  • The Nautica Stage
  • Tower City Amphitheater
  • Gund Arena
  • Jacobs Field
  • Cleveland Browns Stadium
  • Blossom Music Center

Museums

  • Cleveland Art Museum
  • Western Reserve Historical Society
  • Cleveland MetroParks Zoo & Rainforest
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • Natural History Museum
  • Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum
  • Cleveland Health Museum
  • Children’s Museum

Major Attractions & Events

  • Cleveland Indians Baseball
  • Cleveland Browns Football
  • Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball
  • Cleveland Barons (Minor League Hockey)
  • The Cleveland Grand Prix (Auto racing)
  • The Flats Entertainment District
  • Wildwater Kingdom
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park
  • Little Italy
  • Beaches and Parks
  • LakeFarmPark
  • Over 80 Golf Courses

Commerce & Taxes

Area Economics

Locational Factors

Companies that make and distribute products would be hard-pressed to find a more suitable strategic location. Within 500 miles of the region are:

  • 44% of the U.S. households
  • 43% of U.S. population
  • 45% of Effective Buying Income (EBI)
  • 46% of U.S. earnings
  • 49% of U.S. manufacturing employment
  • 56% of Fortune 500 U.S. headquarters
  • 42 major American and Canadian cities

Economy

Diverse economy, high worker productivity, outstanding air service and extraordinary quality of life are strong factors in positioning the region for solid economic growth in the 2000s. Among its prominent manufacturing groups are specialty chemicals, control systems, aircraft parts, metal products and processing, computer software, and printing.

Economic Indicators

  • Average Household Income $51,351
  • Average Home Value $125,200
  • Average Home Property Tax $1,583
  • Total Market Value $926,000,000

Businesses & Financing

Major Employers

  • Lubrizol Corporation 1,200
  • ABB 900
  • PCC Airfoils 415
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation 300
  • Progressive Insurance 200
  • PMC Industries Incorporated 100
  • Universal Metals Corporation 135
  • Lake Erie Design 120

International Business

Many companies in Wickliffe conduct international business. Some import, some export and some have established joint ventures in development and manufacturing with Germany, China, Japan and the U.K. A useful resource is the North Coast International Trade Assistance Center at the Lake County Economic Development Center. They provide export assistance and international market development aid to businesses in a five-county region. The International Trade Assistance Center, which is a cooperative effort with the United States Department of Commerce and the Ohio International Trade Department, also offers assistance for “new-to-export” firms in the local community whose products have export potential and who have a commitment toward developing an export strategic plan.

For more information call the Lake County Economic Development Center (440) 357-2290.

Financing

Federal

  • SBA 504 Direct Loan Program
  • SBA 7A Loan Guarantee Program
  • SBA LowDoc Loan Program

State

  • 166 Direct Loan Program
  • Link Deposit Program
  • Mini Loan Program
  • Industrial Development Bonds

County

  • Lake County Revolving Loan

Taxes

Local Taxation

Real Estate (Lake County) taxes are assessed at 35% of market value. The effective 1996 rates for the City of Wickliffe are 77.64 per $1,000 valuation for personal property and 48.77 per $1,000 valuation for real property. Sales tax in Ohio is 5% and in Lake County 0.75% = 5.75%. Income tax for the City of Wickliffe is 2%.

State Taxes

Ohio Corporate: 5.1% on the first $5,000; 8.9% on income exceeding $50,000 or 5.82 mills multiplied by the value of stock, whichever is greater. 

Personal: Ranges from 0.743% to 7.5%

Tax Credits

Wickliffe Enterprise Zone Program is part of the Lake County Enterprise Zone. Tax exemptions are offered on personal and real property. The amount of investment and number of jobs created will determine the amount and term.

Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit provides a refundable tax credit against a company’s corporate franchise tax based on the state income tax paid by the new, full-time employees. Credit can be up to 100% for 10 years.

Ohio Export Tax Credit provides a non-refundable franchise tax credit on the increase of net profit due to export sales. The credit is based on the average increase in export sales during the two years prior to the year in which the credit is claimed.

Ohio Manufacturing Tax Credit is available to offset the Ohio corporate franchise tax or individual income tax of a taxpayer that purchases the new manufacturing machinery or equipment. The tax credit is equal to 20% of the cost of the new manufacturing machinery or equipment purchased.

Ohio Research & Development Tax Incentive offers a state and county sales tax exemption on machinery and equipment primarily purchased for research and development.

Public Services & History

Transportation

Public Transit

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) links Wickliffe and western Lake County to Cuyahoga County and downtown Cleveland with a series of convenient bus routes. Laketran, Lake County’s regional transit organization has bus routes throughout the city and county. It also provides “park-and-ride” lots that shuttle commuters to various Downtown Cleveland locations.

Highway Transportation

Interstate 90, Interstate 271 and Route 2 pass through Wickliffe. Interstate 90 has ramp service at Route 84 and Route 20. Route 2 has ramp service at Lloyd Road (SR 633) and East 305 Street.

Air Transportation

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is located 18 miles (30 minutes by auto) west of Wickliffe on Interstate 71. Continental Airlines operates a major hub along with two dozen major airlines servicing 425 daily scheduled flights. Limousine and taxi service is available from Wickliffe to the airport.

Local Air Service

Cuyahoga County Airport features corporate and pleasure craft service less than 2-miles from Wickliffe’s Central Business District. Runway length is 5,100 feet, concrete and lighted.

Burke Lakefront Airport is located just outside of downtown Cleveland and provides business jets and commuter flights.

Railroad

Wickliffe is served by two railroad systems — CSX and Norfolk Southern. On average 70-100 trains travel through the city each day. Passenger train service by Amtrak is available at the downtown Cleveland station.

Port of Cleveland

The port of Cleveland is served by over 130 ships each year. The shipping season is eight months long. Ten docks operate in a Free Trade Zone. Ports are also available in Fairport Harbor (12 miles from Wickliffe), Ashtabula and Conneaut (over 30 miles).

Services & Health Care

Health Care

Two regional hospitals are within one mile of the city limits. Lake West Hospital has 191 beds and Richmond Heights Hospital has 220 beds. Both include emergency room services. The internationally known Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital are only a 15-minute drive from Wickliffe. Several dentists and eye care professionals have offices in Wickliffe.

Electric Power & Natural Gas

Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company transports and furnishes electric power. Ohio has adopted regulations that allow each individual to choose their own electric provider. Natural gas lines are maintained by Dominion East Ohio. Call (800) 362-7557 for questions regarding gas service and billing.

Telecommunications

Local providers furnish business customers with a full range of business communication solutions. Fiber optic grid is available.

Water

Lake Erie provides our region with one of the world's largest supplies of fresh water. Lake County Department of Utilities is the primary water supplier to the City of Wickliffe.

Sewage Treatment

Wickliffe is served by the Euclid Sewage Treatment plant in Cuyahoga County through an intergovernmental agreement. Treatment is Advanced Secondary with a capacity of 23,000,000 GDP. Current usage is 2,400,000 GDP. Solid waste disposal is handled by BFI.

Government & History

Government

The City of Wickliffe is a Council and Mayor form of government, which provides for the election of seven council members and mayor every four years. The Mayor appoints members to his/her administration with council’s approval.

History

For the first 100 years, Wickliffe was a precinct in Willoughby Township. In 1916, a petition was filed requesting that Wickliffe be permitted to incorporate as a village. When the election was held on March 27, 1916, a majority of those voting approved the resolution. Harry C. Coulby, whose estate was destined to become Wickliffe’s City Hall, became the first Mayor.

Wickliffe’s first administration building was the Village Hall located on Euclid Avenue. Early residents and wealthy Clevelanders who established large estates here wished to retain the country atmosphere, so industrialization was discouraged.

Between 1916 and 1940, only a few industries settled in Wickliffe. Many people still grew their own produce. In 1929, the Wickliffe Chamber of Commerce was formed.

Wickliffe officially became a city in 1951, when the population was 5,002. In 1954, the residents attended the dedication of Wickliffe’s fabulous city hall; the million-dollar mansion was purchased by the city along with its 54-acres for $70,000 in cash. Renovations took place and a park was created. This is considered the best investment the City of Wickliffe has ever made!

In 1991, a new state-of-the-art police station was constructed adjacent to City Hall. Wickliffe’s new fire station was opened in 1996 on Euclid Avenue in the center of town. In 2000, the Coulby Park Aquatic Center opened to rave reviews, being hailed as the best outdoor swimming facility in Lake County.

Since 1916, Wickliffe has continued its excellence in everything it does. Services are considered the best in the county and government is responsive to resident and business needs. Major corporations call Wickliffe home and it is that cooperation and excellence in services that keeps them in Wickliffe.

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