Berea is a historic community located approximately 12 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio and 2 miles South of Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport in Cuyahoga County. Established in 1836, the town has a rich history in sandstone quarries, education, and transportation. The vein of superior quality sandstone which surfaces in the area became known the world over as "Berea Stone". Today, Berea is situated within 5 minutes of Interstate Highways, an International Airport and other big city amenities that make living here very attractive.
Berea offers excellent medical care with numerous physicians, dentists, and other health care professionals. The Southwest General Medical Health Center is nearby as well as 4 other major medical Facilities. The Fire Department has 23 full-time professional fire fighters of which 19 are also trained as Paramedics. The Police Department has 31 full-time professional officers and 11 auxiliary officers to help with parades, events, or other times of community need.
Our education system is committed to preparing its students for college, technical schools, and the workplace. The Berea City School District has 2 high schools, 2 middle schools, and 4 elementary schools. Polaris Career Center, a large joint vocational school located in Middleburg Heights, serves the students in the Berea City School District and five other neighboring districts. Berea also has 2 Catholic schools, St. Mary's established in 1860 and St. Adelbert's established in 1873.
Situated near the middle of Berea is the distinguished campus of Baldwin Wallace University. Founded in 1845, Baldwin Wallace University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in; Business Administration, Education, Health and Physical Education, Humanities, Music, Science and Mathematics, and Social Science.
Berea has 5 primary shopping areas. The Berea Commons and Downtown Triangle, Parkside Shoppes, West Valley Plaza, Berea Plaza, and the North End. Berea is proud to have Giant Eagle, Marcs, CVS and Walgreens and almost 500 other businesses in the city.
Churches are an integral part of the community. Most have a full range of ministries including youth, preschool, singles and seniors.
Berea has a wide range of housing available, from its modest cozy bungalows on tree lined streets, to new, custom, executive style houses recently built. Some sections of old Berea still feature century style homes under a canopy of maple and oak trees. If you prefer apartment or multi-family dwellings, those are also available. Most housing is within walking or biking distance to the Metroparks and shopping. Senior citizens can call for the "Jitney" to pick them up and drop them off for shopping, doctors, and other necessities. Public transportation is also available in the form of RTA, providing easy access to places you might want to go.
The Berea Recreation Center is open to residents, for a very modest fee. Activities include an indoor pool, weight and exercise rooms, basketball court, running track, locker rooms with showers and sauna. Many organized programs are offered year round.
The City of Berea offers its residents a variety of annual events and a quality of life found in few other places. With its year round recreation center, softball and little league teams, Berea Summer Theater, Band Concerts at the Gazebo, Grindstone Festival, Cuyahoga County Fair, Cleveland Browns Training Camp, all the way to the Light Up Berea Holiday Parade featuring Santa Claus, Berea has a warm, inviting little college town feeling with the benefits of a major metropolitan city.