These Are The 10 Best Cleveland Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 57 places around Cleveland to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Cleveland are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Cleveland for 2018:

  1. Beachwood (Photos)
  2. Chagrin Falls (Photos)
  3. Oakwood
  4. Pepper Pike
  5. Orange
  6. South Russell
  7. Silver Lake (Photos)
  8. Avon Lake (Photos)
  9. Brecksville
  10. Solon (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Beachwood, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Cleveland ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Ohio check out the best places in Ohio overall or the worst.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Cleveland for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Cleveland was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Cleveland.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 83 suburbs to evaluate around Cleveland.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 83 in each category, where 1 was the ‘best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the ‘Best Suburb near Cleveland.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Beachwood.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Beachwood

Beachwood, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,786
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Median Home Price: $274,400
Median Income: $88,287
Beachwood is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Cleveland area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Beachwood.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $88,287 a year, which is the 13th highest in the Cleveland region. And only 2.2% are out of work. Homes average more than $274,400 each.

2. Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,056
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $328,100
Median Income: $75,260
Chagrin Falls is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Cleveland for 2018.

It ranks 24th for incomes in the area and only 2.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

3. Oakwood


Population: 9,077
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Median Home Price: $228,700
Median Income: $96,790
Here in Oakwood, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Cleveland metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Oakwood.

4. Pepper Pike

Pepper Pike, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,150
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $421,500
Median Income: $164,471
Pepper Pike ranks as the 4th best suburb of Cleveland for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Pepper Pike and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Orange


Population: 3,288
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $291,800
Median Income: $102,109
Coming in as the fifth best is Orange.

Orange gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Cleveland area, where houses sell for an average of $291,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. South Russell


Population: 3,839
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $317,800
Median Income: $107,250
South Russell is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.2% which is 25th best in the area.

According to online reports, South Russell is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Cleveland area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Silver Lake

Silver Lake, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,452
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $198,100
Median Income: $94,500
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Silver Lake.

Silver Lake schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 25.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Avon Lake

Avon Lake, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,221
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $225,600
Median Income: $80,884
Avon Lake is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.7% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

9. Brecksville


Population: 13,470
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $256,000
Median Income: $98,345
Is ‘Everything Better In Brecksville?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Solon

Solon, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,085
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $273,800
Median Income: $96,976
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Solon.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Cleveland ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Cleveland, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Cleveland Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Beachwood 1 11,786 2.2% $274,400 $88,287
Chagrin Falls 2 4,056 2.4% $328,100 $75,260
Oakwood 3 9,077 1.4% $228,700 $96,790
Pepper Pike 4 6,150 3.1% $421,500 $164,471
Orange 5 3,288 2.9% $291,800 $102,109
South Russell 6 3,839 4.2% $317,800 $107,250
Silver Lake 7 2,452 2.4% $198,100 $94,500
Avon Lake 8 23,221 2.4% $225,600 $80,884
Brecksville 9 13,470 3.8% $256,000 $98,345
Solon 10 23,085 3.2% $273,800 $96,976
Hudson 11 22,282 5.1% $313,300 $126,618
Highland Heights 12 8,366 3.9% $246,700 $101,875
Moreland Hills 13 3,297 5.8% $379,400 $139,539
Westlake 14 32,408 3.8% $236,400 $80,989
Independence 15 7,115 3.8% $222,600 $84,900
Reminderville 16 3,862 2.5% $172,700 $71,417
Mayfield 17 3,401 2.9% $234,200 $72,156
Kirtland 18 6,802 3.9% $271,400 $76,691
Macedonia 19 11,595 5.4% $189,700 $86,061
Shaker Heights 20 27,773 5.7% $213,100 $79,519
Avon 21 22,289 6.0% $262,100 $90,846
Rocky River 22 20,211 4.6% $215,800 $65,226
Broadview Heights 23 19,257 3.7% $217,600 $77,480
Strongsville 24 44,622 5.3% $194,000 $80,323
Gates Mills 25 2,229 2.1% $437,400 $132,167
Richfield 26 3,651 3.1% $225,900 $67,875
Twinsburg 27 18,851 3.9% $210,100 $73,314
Fairlawn 28 7,477 3.2% $174,700 $65,521
Lyndhurst 29 13,736 4.3% $138,800 $65,921
Seven Hills 30 11,697 5.8% $164,100 $73,948
University Heights 31 13,273 4.3% $154,600 $65,143
Stow 32 34,746 4.5% $166,200 $66,079
Mentor 33 46,896 4.0% $167,100 $70,058
Aurora 34 15,712 5.0% $241,800 $84,135
Walton Hills 35 2,236 3.6% $206,600 $69,167
Sheffield 36 4,045 3.9% $183,200 $75,461
Olmsted Falls 37 8,889 5.2% $145,700 $62,058
Medina 38 26,445 3.3% $160,700 $60,706
Brunswick 39 34,578 4.3% $159,400 $64,706
North Ridgeville 40 31,832 5.3% $160,300 $68,778
Middleburg Heights 41 15,724 5.7% $157,500 $58,810
North Royalton 42 30,302 4.4% $193,100 $66,189
Chardon 43 5,194 4.3% $167,500 $60,845
North Olmsted 44 32,108 5.1% $146,900 $61,444
Fairview Park 45 16,473 6.3% $145,500 $54,431
Willoughby 46 22,495 4.4% $144,300 $53,324
Munroe Falls 47 5,055 5.6% $160,200 $62,855
Willoughby Hills 48 9,497 5.0% $244,100 $61,276
Willowick 49 14,131 6.6% $117,400 $54,493
Wickliffe 50 12,718 4.9% $117,200 $51,018
Tallmadge 51 17,488 6.3% $156,400 $59,863
Amherst 52 12,058 5.9% $146,200 $66,731
Berea 53 18,949 5.8% $129,000 $57,896
Streetsboro 54 16,224 4.5% $144,300 $58,511
Mayfield Heights 55 18,878 8.5% $141,700 $45,875
Mentor-On-The-Lake 56 7,404 4.6% $125,400 $50,040
Cleveland Heights 57 45,160 8.8% $127,700 $53,901
South Euclid 58 21,865 7.2% $100,100 $59,734
Lakewood 59 50,866 6.0% $134,000 $47,145
Cuyahoga Falls 60 49,353 5.1% $120,000 $51,586
Lagrange 61 2,357 6.9% $153,800 $58,088
Sheffield Lake 62 9,055 6.3% $109,500 $58,153
Parma Heights 63 20,311 6.2% $110,700 $44,564
Northfield 64 3,679 6.6% $135,900 $57,344
Eastlake 65 18,342 5.9% $122,300 $51,462
Richmond Heights 66 10,476 9.8% $137,700 $51,212
Parma 67 80,088 7.0% $107,500 $51,383
Grafton 68 6,075 9.5% $135,000 $52,545
Kent 69 29,761 10.4% $139,900 $36,539
Bedford 70 12,782 6.4% $91,500 $41,285
Brook Park 71 18,875 7.6% $111,800 $48,813
Brooklyn 72 10,936 7.7% $103,400 $45,102
Fairport Harbor 73 3,081 14.6% $104,700 $48,346
Maple Heights 74 22,685 12.6% $71,800 $37,911
Warrensville Heights 75 13,293 10.8% $80,400 $35,733
Euclid 76 47,863 10.7% $80,700 $35,949
Garfield Heights 77 28,207 11.7% $73,600 $40,376
Painesville 78 19,735 7.2% $100,300 $41,652
Elyria 79 53,928 9.9% $94,800 $40,967
Bedford Heights 80 10,640 12.2% $97,800 $37,692
East Cleveland 81 17,413 24.9% $58,500 $19,953
Akron 82 198,508 11.2% $80,000 $35,240
Lorain 83 63,714 13.6% $85,700 $35,753

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