Located on the shores of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland is a modern city of neighborhoods that reflect a history of rich cultural diversity and working-class roots. The lakefront setting is a magnet for urban dwellers that enjoy the outdoors, with parks, beaches, fitness trails, and marinas. Tourists are often first attracted to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Cleveland Browns' Stadium, but soon discover Cleveland has so much more to offer visitors and residents alike.
Cleveland began as a settlement established in 1796 and then incorporated into a city in 1836. When the Ohio and Erie Canal opened in 1832, goods could travel by barge between Cleveland and other cities, including Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, and New Orleans. As a major Great Lakes port city, with connections to ore from Minnesota and coal from the south, steel manufacturing flourished, leading Cleveland to become the 5th largest city in the nation by the 1920s. The depression of the 1930s slowed Cleveland’s growth until economic revitalization efforts re-invigorated Cleveland in the 1980s and 1990s. Today the city boasts an ethnically diverse population, world-class attractions, and affordable living.
Winters in Cleveland can be tough to get through. Lake effect snow adds up to 60" on average for the cold weather season. However, the city is rewarded with a cool spring, warm summers, and comfortable autumn months. The average summer temperature is 73.5°F and the average winter temperature is 28.1°F. Precipitation averages 39.1 inches annually.
Cleveland boasts an excellent public transportation system with downtown free-to-ride trolleys, light rail and buses. Driving in Cleveland can be confusing at first because the major thoroughfares radiate outward from the city center. Neighborhoods between the thoroughfares are more grid-like and easy to navigate. The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport offers non-stop flights to 70 cities across the USA.
Cost of Living in Cleveland
The cost of living in Cleveland is close to the national average, with housing costs well below average, and grocery and health care costs somewhat higher than average. Use these cost of living tools to see how your current budget will fare in Cleveland.
The Cleveland School District serves more than 50,000 students and is comprised of 127 schools. Cleveland is also the home to the world-renowned and highly ranked Case Western Reserve University, a private research and teaching institution associated with 16 Nobel Prize winners.
The top ranked hospital in Cleveland is Cleveland Clinic. This hospital is nationally ranked in 14 adult and 10 pediatric specialties. Cleveland Clinic is also a teaching hospital. The number two ranked hospital in Cleveland is University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Also a teaching hospital, this general medical and surgical facility ranks nationally for 12 adult and 8 pediatric specialties. If you’ve recently moved to Cleveland, learn about the medical resources available to you:
Cleveland Real Estate
From urban high-rise living to neighborhoods with small-town charm, there are homes available for every lifestyle. Cleveland is one of the more affordable markets for single family dwellings. Use the links below to explore your housing options available in Cleveland.
Cleveland offers a wide choice of hotels with modern amenities, just a few short blocks from the Cleveland Browns Stadium, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the popular Warehouse District. The Brownstone Inn, a bed and breakfast located inside a landmark 1874 townhouse is reasonably-priced and conveniently located near many of Cleveland’s best attractions. More modest accommodations, including the B&B styled J. Palen House and the Clifford House, are located west of the Cuyahoga River in the Ohio City neighborhood. Check the links below to help locate travel accommodations.
An adventure of dining is ready for you in Cleveland. If you love the flavor of Italian food, head to Murray Hill and Mayfield Road for a quick trip to Cleveland’s own Little Italy. Or explore the taste of oriental cuisine in the AsiaTown neighborhood. Visit the Warehouse district on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River for trendy restaurants and nightspots, or cross over to the west bank to visit the West Side Market where over 100 vendors offer everything from fresh meats and produce to baked goods, candies, and ethnic dishes, prepared on-site.
Things to Do in Cleveland
If you are a sports enthusiast, this city has you covered. Whether it’s the Browns, the Indians, or the Cavaliers, sports are a big part of Cleveland culture. When it comes to music, the Cleveland Orchestra is considered one of the world’s best, and if rock and roll is more your style, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will keep you entertained. Another popular locale is University Circle which is just east of downtown and places you in close proximity to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Western Reserve Historical Society, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Take a stroll through the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, home to more than 3,000 animals, or cycle across the 17 mile Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway. And, for thrill seekers, Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world, is only an hour away.