BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, originally part of both Royalton and Brecksville townships, voted to incorporate as a village on 30 Nov. 1926; it became a city in 1960. The residential suburb occupies 13 sq. mi. of wooded rolling hills approx. 15 mi. south of Cleveland, bounded on the west by NORTH ROYALTON, on the north by PARMA, INDEPENDENCE, and SEVEN HILLS, on the east by BRECKSVILLE, and on the south by Medina and Summit Counties. It derived its name from the hilly terrain. Often referred to as the "highest of the heights," it has one of the highest elevations in Cuyahoga County, 1,275' above sea level.
After the villages of Brecksville and Royalton withdrew from their townships in 1924 and 1918, respectively, the residents on Broadview Rd., the original township boundary line, petitioned to incorporate a new village in 1926, with a population of 300. The petition was granted by the Breck Twp. trustees; The population was 600 by 1928, 1,600 in 1943, 4,000 in 1954, and 5,400 in 1960. In 1971 the population was 11,400, in 1980, 10,920, in 1990, 12,219, and in 2000, 15,967. The city's commercial development has been predominantly concentrated in 2 areas, a 75-acre industrial park near the intersection of Rte. 82 and I-77, and an acre at the intersection of I-80 and Rte. 176. Wallings School, built of stone ca. 1854 at the corner of Avery and Broadview roads, is one of the city's oldest structures. Broadview Hts. belongs to both the Brecksville and North Royalton city school districts. A portion of the Brecksville Reservation of the CLEVELAND METROPARKS SYSTEM winds through Broadview Hts.
See also SUBURBS.