Low cost of living, innovative industries, a growing start-up culture, billions of dollars in new development, and an incredibly walkable, friendly city make it easy to see why so many Explorers are living their best lives in Cleveland, Ohio. The city’s diverse neighborhoods offer something for every Explorer. Whether you’re looking for an apartment downtown within walking distance of bars and nightlife or a family-friendly home in the suburbs, Cleveland delivers.
The Land for Life
Situated on Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland offers Explorers the best of city living at a much more affordable price than destinations such as New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. From rewarding positions at nationally ranked hospitals and facilities to kayaking on Lake Erie, shopping at Tower City Center, and cheering on the Cavaliers, Explorers will wonder why LeBron James ever left “The Land” for another NBA title.
Healthcare, manufacturing, and retail sectors dominate Cleveland and the surrounding area’s economy. The Cleveland Clinic is Ohio’s largest employer, overseeing 56,986 employees in the state.
Nationally ranked in 13 specialties and nine children’s specialties, Cleveland Clinic leads the pack of U.S. News and World Report nationally ranked and high-performing facilities in the city. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital round out the top 5.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 27.7 percent below the national rate
- Population: 367,991 based on the 2020 Census estimates
- Median Home Sale Price: $98,800
- Median Gross Rent: $1,301
- Median Household Income: $33,678
- Per Capita Income: $23,415
- Live below the poverty line: 31.4 percent
- Median Age: 36.3 years
- Average commute time: 23.5 minutes
Explorers can enroll younger family members in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
- Overall grade: C (com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 14 to 1
- Serving: 36,298 students in Pre-K, K through high school
Explorers wishing to further their own educations will find several universities and colleges in the Cleveland area to choose from, including Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, and Cuyahoga Community College.
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Explorers can use the bus, rail, or BRT to travel throughout the city. The B-Line Trolley provides service between the Warehouse District, Tower City – Public Square, and the Central Business District offices.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport When you’re ready for a weekend getaway, CLE offers 115 nonstop departures to 40 different destinations. Plus, flights to Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Jamaica are also available.
Gordon Square A world-class arts district, retail, and dining destination, Gordon Square is a great spot to spend a much-deserved day off for Explorers. Shop for purses, totes, and backpacks at Fount, or pick out handmade jewelry at Oceanne.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium From dwarf seahorses to the giant Pacific octopus, Greater Cleveland Aquarium takes visitors on a deep-sea exploration of some of the most fascinating species on our planet.
West Side Market Grab a bratwurst sandwich at Franks, pick up some fresh strawberries at King Produce, or indulge your taste buds at Bohar Bakery. West Side Market vendors carry fresh produce, prepared foods, meats& poultry, seafood, specialties, and more.
Market Garden Brewery Meet up your fellow Explorers at this 35,000 square-foot brewhouse with tours and tasting rooms just behind the West side Market.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Learn the stories of rock’s greatest legends at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With every inductee’s signature, Eminem’s sneakers worn during the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, and handwritten lyrics by the Beatles, the Hall of Fame is filled with artifacts and memorabilia and also schedules film screenings and live concerts.
Sports Watch some of your favorite NBA stars when they come to town to play the Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Explorers can also take in an MLB game with the Guardian or head to the stadium to watch the NFL’s Browns.
Lake Erie Beach volleyball, kayaking, jet skiing, Explorer may be surprised by all the action and adventure they can get into along Lake Erie.
Cleveland Museum of Art Free to the public, the museum is internationally renowned for its Asian and Egyptian art. With a permanent collection of more than 61,000 works from around the world, the museum also displays a large collection of ever-changing exhibits such as Indian photography, Native North American textiles, and Renaissance paintings from England.
A Christmas Story House Visit the original home built in 1895 in the Tremont neighborhood that was used for the iconic holiday movie A Christmas Story. The two-story house has been renovated to replicate the house exactly as it was for the movie.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Just 30 minutes south of Cleveland, Explorers will find forested hiking trails, sandstone cliffs, and waterfalls at one of the nation’s most visited parks.
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