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:
- Beachwood (Photos)
- Bay Village (Photos)
- Pepper Pike (Photos)
- Rocky River (Photos)
- Kirtland (Photos)
- Brecksville (Photos)
- Shaker Heights (Photos)
- University Heights (Photos)
- Highland Heights (Photos)
- Avon (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.
How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Cleveland
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
Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Cleveland, Oh Urbanized Area.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 57 suburbs to evaluate around Cleveland.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 57 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.
Population: 11,855Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $274,800
Median Income: $83,125
2. Bay Village
Population: 15,508Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $203,400
Median Income: $87,942
3. Pepper Pike
Population: 6,079Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $427,700
Median Income: $131,976
4. Rocky River
Population: 20,145Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $202,400
Median Income: $63,889
Population: 6,838Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $267,200
Median Income: $81,825
Population: 13,543Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $243,100
Median Income: $93,409
7. Shaker Heights
Population: 28,071Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $217,600
Median Income: $75,177
8. University Heights
Population: 13,404Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $160,100
Median Income: $67,971
9. Highland Heights
Population: 8,324Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $248,600
Median Income: $102,338
Population: 21,783Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Median Home Price: $243,800
Median Income: $78,839
Welcome to the ‘Burbs
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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