The city is administered by Mayor Susan K. Infeld who is also the Safety Director. The mayor is responsible for carrying out the laws of the city, and overseeing the employees and operations of the city government.
Known as the City of Beautiful Homes, University Heights is a small, diverse yet cohesive community with a small town feel despite its central location within an urban setting. Our 4,400 households of 13,500 residents are religiously and ethnically diverse. Our racial makeup is 73% white, 19% African American, 4% Asian, 2% Hispanic, and ten percent of us speak a language other than English. We value education with good public and private school options. Sixty-seven percent of us have a bachelors degree or higher. Fifty-eight percent of us are employed in management, professional and related occupations; twenty-five percent are employed in sales and office occupations; eleven percent are employed in service occupations. Our median household income is $72,000.
Constructed mainly after 1940, our homes are elegant brick colonials that feature beautiful woodwork, oak floors, third floor guest suites, and manageable yards. Cleveland Magazine has perennially listed University Heights as a leading walkable community. We have also received numerous awards from the American Automobile Association for pedestrian safety.
University Heights is home to John Carroll University, one of 28 Jesuit universities in the United States. John Carroll is well-known for its graduate business and education programs. The university maintains over 60 acres of landscaped lawns and flower beds. Many residents stroll the campus and utilize its continuing education and recreational resources. The university has a significant economic impact on Northeast Ohio, listed at over $172 million annually.
One of the best things about University Heights is the location. We are nearby the cultural offerings of University Circle and a twenty minute drive from downtown. We are close to Interstates 271 and 480, terrific shopping centers, and the Metroparks with multi-purpose walking and cycling paths.
We take pride in our small town community and celebrate with traditional events. The Senior Adult Office hosts weekly lectures on Thursday afternoons at the University Heights library branch. Every summer begins with our Memorial Day parade, which is the longest-running Memorial Day parade on the east side of Cleveland. Block parties are hosted annually by neighbors on various streets. Purvis Park has 7 outdoor tennis courts and its pool is hands-down the most popular gathering spot for residents on hot summer days. The Community Park offers three playgrounds, a 0.3-mile perimeter path, and family-friendly outdoor events. The Thursday evening summer concert series at John Carroll University offer a relaxing venue for outdoor picnics and shoe-tapping fun. We are a friendly community of civic-minded people who are happy to call University Heights our home. Welcome!