In July 2008, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents began raiding the offices of Cuyahoga County Commissioners and those of a wide range of cities, towns, and villages across Cuyahoga County.
The investigation revealed extensive bribery and corruption across the area, affecting hundreds of millions of dollars in county contracts and business.
As of the 2010 Census, there were 1,280,122 people, 571,457 households, and 319,996 families residing in the county.
The population density was 2,800 people per square mile (1,081/km²).
Calabrese III; former Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge Bridget Mc Cafferty; Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald Mc Faul; former Cleveland City Council member Sabra Pierce Scott; Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge Steven Terry; and a wide range of attorneys, building inspectors, consultants, contractors, school district employees, and mid and low level county workers.
On November 3, 2009, county voters overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a new county charter which replaced the three-commissioner form of county government with an elected county executive and county prosecutor, and an 11-member county council.
4.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race (3.1% Puerto Rican, 0.7% Mexican, 0.1% Dominican, 0.1% Guatemalan).
16.5% were of German, 12.8% Irish, 8.8% Italian, 8.1% Polish, 5.9% English, 3.7% Slovak and 3.1% Hungarian, ancestries.The name is also assigned to the Cuyahoga River, which bisects the county. After the discovery of the New World, the land that became Cuyahoga County was originally part of the French colony of Canada (New France), which was ceded in 1763 to Great Britain and renamed Province of Quebec.Cuyahoga County is included in the Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. In the late 18th century the land became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the Northwest Territory, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795.As of 2012, this consisted of two small areas: Chagrin Falls Township and Olmsted Township.Cuyahoga County had long been led by a three-member Board of County Commissioners.Males had a median income of ,182 versus ,683 for females. About 12.4% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.