WOODMERE, originally part of Orange Twp., incorporated as a village in 1944. It is located in eastern Cuyahoga County just east of the intersection of Chagrin Blvd. and I-271. Occupying less than 1 sq. mi., it is bounded by PEPPER PIKE on the north, BEACHWOOD on the west, and ORANGE on the south. Until the 1940s, it was little more than an expanse of farmland. The decision to incorporate was part of a project to develop areas of potential growth. Between 1960-66, the population increased from 584 to 1,261, but by 1970 it had decreased to 1,041, by 1980 to 877 and by 2000 to 828. Woodmere is an integrated community of diverse nationalities whose residents include older citizens, newer homeowners, and apartment dwellers, the latter constituting the majority. It was originally zoned for single-family residential dwellings (see ZONING) but was rezoned in the 1970s to construct the Eaton Square shopping center. Woodmere offers fire and police protection; its schools are part of the Orange School District.
See also SUBURBS.