Westlake is located on 15.97 square miles in the western edge of Cuyahoga County, and is approximately one mile south of the southern shore of Lake Erie. It is a 15-minute drive to downtown Cleveland. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is 15 minutes southeast. The Ohio Turnpike and I-480 are also conveniently close, just a 10-minute drive to the south.
By 2000, the population of Westlake had reached 31,719 and it passed the 33,000 mark just five years later, consisting of students, workers and retirees. In 2003, Porter Public Library expanded to 75,000 square feet, and a new city hall opened. That same year, Cleveland State University located its first ever satellite campus in Westlake and Cuyahoga Community College debuted its first Corporate College.
Today Westlake continues to be a prestigious destination for individuals as well as corporations. It is a special mix of open space and show-stopping homes, trees and office buildings, industry and community facilities. Once a prime farming settlement, it is now a thriving suburban community.