Rocky River is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. A western suburb of Cleveland, located approximately nine miles west of that city’s downtown Public Square, the city is named for the river that forms its eastern border.
Most of Rocky River’s eastern border follows the river bearing its name, which runs through the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks system, adjacent to the city’s eastern neighbor, Lakewood. A small strip of Cleveland itself also borders Rocky River; however, the two cities are not directly connected via road. Lake Erie lines the entire northern border of the city while the city of Fairview Park marks the southern border. On Rocky River’s western border are the cities of Bay Village to the northwest and Westlake to the southwest.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,213 people, 9,283 households, and 5,242 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,264.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 10,181 housing units at an average density of 2,147.9 per square mile.
The Rocky River City School District serves the entire city of Rocky River and a small portion of the city Fairview Park. In the 2012-2013 school year, the Rocky River City Schools served 2,460 students. The district earned the “Excellent with Distinction” rating from the Ohio Department of Education and was ranked 3rd out of 610 school districts in the state.