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Rocky River- One of America's Safest Cities

  • One of local government's key responsibilities is ensuring public safety. Compared to most cities, Rocky River has a very low crime rate.

  • Based on FBI crime statistics, Rocky River's 2020 crime rate was only about 39 per 100,000 residents, compared to about 240 per 100,00 for Ohio.

  • It ranks among the best among all West Shore communities and about 3rd in Greater Cleveland. Neighborhood Scout's crime index rates the city better than 91% of US cities.

Neighborhood Scout About Crime in Rocky River
Rocky River and Cuyahoga County Crime Rates
Police Station

Hear About Rocky River's New Police Station

Coming soon- video explaining why new police station was needed and how it was funded .

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Rocky River Police Station

Rocky River Crime Trend (2016-21)

From 2016 to 2021, total major reported crime averaged 84 per year with ahigh of 97 in 2021. Violent crime average 7 per year and property crime 76. The most common crime was larceny/theft. 

Rocky River Reported Crime
Rocky River Reported Crime Chart

How Does the City of Rocky River Tax & Spend Its Resources?

  • Rocky River's total revenue in 2021 was over $36 million or $1,788 per resident. Total expenses in 2021 were $39.8 million or $1,970 per capita.

  • The largest sources of revenue were income taxes ($17.9 million/50%/$885 per capita) and property taxes ($8 million/23%/$416 per capita).

  • The largest current expenditures were for security ($10.7 million/23%/$528 per capita) and general government $5.7 million/14%/$281 per capita). Capital outlays for 2021 were $11.8 million, reflecting investment in the new police station.

Rocky River City Government Per Capita Expenses
Rocky River City Government Revenues
Rocky River City Government Expenses

 What Services Does Rocky River City Government Offer?

Rocky River's 2021 audit report provides an overview of many of the city's operating indicators for its services. Over a six-year period (2016-2021), the city provided the following in an average year:

  • Police department responded to 572 motor vehicle accidents.

  • Fire department had 27 building fire calls and 2400 emergency medical calls.

  • Municipal courts handled nearly 10,000 criminal and traffic cases.

  • Refuse department collection over 8,000 tons of garbage.

Rocky River Government Operating Indicators

 How Is Rocky River City Government Staffed?

The City of Rocky River employed 179 persons in 2021. Forty-two worked on general government activities, 37 for the police department and 30 for the fire department.

Rocky River Government Employees

Rocky River City School District: One of Ohio's Best Districts

Rocky River's school district is consistently ranked among the top school districts in Ohio's proficiency tests. The excellent schools are one reason why Rocky River is a very attractive suburbs for families.

Key Government Documents & Information

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