Thinking of moving to Cleveland? Here’s what you need to know.
Located on Lake Erie as well as the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland’s identity was tied to the manufacturing of goods for many years. Today, the second largest city in Ohio—after Columbus—is known for being home to many international corporations, ranging from healthcare to finance, plus a cultural scene that entertains its almost 400,000 residents.
The median age is Cleveland is around 35, and the city is almost neatly divided down the middle in terms of men versus women. The city is home to the Cleveland Clinic, one of the top hospitals in the United States and the largest citywide employer. Several other large companies such as Applied Industrial Technologies, Cliff National Resources, Sherwin-Williams, Inc. and NACCO Industries are headquartered in Cleveland. Case Western Reserve University, lauded one of the best private research institutions in the nation, is also based here.
Locals and tourists alike enjoy venturing to Lake Erie, the smallest of the Great Lakes, for fishing, boating and diving. Visit the Cuyahoga River to enjoy the beauty of nature—today the park thrives as an ecosystem for birds, fish and insects. As for getting around the city, Cleveland is entirely walkable. When your feet get tired, there’s always the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, which operates both light rail and bus and travels around the inner-city and suburbs. There’s also the “Smile and Ride Free” trolley, navigating downtown Cleveland at no charge.
What Do You Do?
Newcomers to Cleveland can’t miss the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which houses the biggest collection of rock ‘n’ roll artifacts in the world with over 50 exhibits. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Orchestra is one of the best and oldest in the world, and the Playhouse Square is the second largest performing arts theater in the country, outside of New York City. The restaurant scene in Cleveland is robust, offering everything from steakhouses to hole-in-the-wall, ethnic establishments. And local beers, wines and hard ciders have recently become popular. After a great meal and drink, enjoy one of Cleveland’s major shows or attractions, or get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Christmas Story House, the actual home of Ralphie in the iconic film A Christmas Story.
|Square Miles||78 square miles|
|Population Density||5,115 people per square mile|
|Total Population||397k people|
|Median Household Income||$27,470|
|Median Age||35 years old|