These Are The 10 Best Cleveland Suburbs


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:

  1. Beachwood (Photos)
  2. Bay Village (Photos)
  3. Pepper Pike (Photos)
  4. Rocky River (Photos)
  5. Kirtland (Photos)
  6. Brecksville (Photos)
  7. Shaker Heights (Photos)
  8. University Heights (Photos)
  9. Highland Heights (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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.

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1. Beachwood

Beachwood, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,855
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $274,800
Median Income: $83,125

2. Bay Village

Bay Village, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,508
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $203,400
Median Income: $87,942

3. Pepper Pike

Pepper Pike, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,079
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $427,700
Median Income: $131,976

4. Rocky River

Rocky River, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,145
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $202,400
Median Income: $63,889

5. Kirtland

Kirtland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,838
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $267,200
Median Income: $81,825

6. Brecksville

Brecksville, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,543
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $243,100
Median Income: $93,409

7. Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,071
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $217,600
Median Income: $75,177

8. University Heights

University Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,404
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $160,100
Median Income: $67,971

9. Highland Heights

Highland Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,324
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $248,600
Median Income: $102,338

10. Avon

Avon, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,783
Unemployment 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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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Cleveland

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Beachwood 1 11,855 3.4% $274,800 $83,125
Bay Village 2 15,508 4.2% $203,400 $87,942
Pepper Pike 3 6,079 4.4% $427,700 $131,976
Rocky River 4 20,145 5.2% $202,400 $63,889
Kirtland 5 6,838 4.4% $267,200 $81,825
Brecksville 6 13,543 5.3% $243,100 $93,409
Shaker Heights 7 28,071 5.4% $217,600 $75,177
University Heights 8 13,404 6.6% $160,100 $67,971
Highland Heights 9 8,324 4.7% $248,600 $102,338
Avon 10 21,783 6.1% $243,800 $78,839
Lyndhurst 11 13,856 4.8% $142,300 $66,352
Westlake 12 32,513 5.6% $226,900 $76,250
Twinsburg 13 18,784 4.6% $206,300 $69,778
Avon Lake 14 22,881 4.3% $208,400 $81,840
Solon 15 23,177 6.0% $266,900 $94,925
Broadview Heights 16 19,309 5.6% $215,500 $79,213
Hudson 17 22,351 5.6% $294,000 $123,324
Strongsville 18 44,649 6.4% $192,700 $77,849
Independence 19 7,136 6.7% $216,300 $75,724
Willoughby Hills 20 9,446 6.4% $237,100 $56,402
Macedonia 21 11,364 7.1% $184,600 $80,825
Brunswick 22 34,438 6.2% $156,600 $62,417
North Royalton 23 30,353 5.8% $193,500 $69,126
Mentor 24 47,008 5.5% $166,900 $67,983
Olmsted Falls 25 8,943 5.6% $149,700 $70,198
Medina 26 26,544 5.4% $159,600 $53,425
Berea 27 19,044 8.9% $127,000 $54,534
Seven Hills 28 11,735 7.8% $164,200 $67,786
Aurora 29 15,568 6.9% $245,500 $80,831
Willoughby 30 22,361 6.5% $145,700 $51,864
North Olmsted 31 32,374 8.1% $145,700 $60,136
Eastlake 32 18,448 7.0% $120,000 $50,478
Fairview Park 33 16,625 7.6% $142,800 $53,425
Richmond Heights 34 10,508 9.0% $150,600 $47,733
Middleburg Heights 35 15,823 7.5% $158,000 $59,361
Brooklyn 36 11,047 7.5% $110,300 $41,959
South Euclid 37 22,052 9.2% $107,500 $56,841
Parma Heights 38 20,490 7.3% $115,400 $43,670
Mentor-On-The-Lake 39 7,430 10.8% $132,700 $43,292
Bedford 40 12,927 7.7% $93,200 $39,820
Lakewood 41 51,434 8.3% $128,700 $45,098
Mayfield Heights 42 18,973 7.3% $142,800 $44,828
Cleveland Heights 43 45,657 9.3% $129,200 $53,155
North Ridgeville 44 30,680 9.0% $157,800 $66,746
Parma 45 80,699 8.1% $112,300 $49,568
Willowick 46 14,084 9.3% $119,200 $49,718
Streetsboro 47 16,152 7.1% $146,800 $59,631
Wickliffe 48 12,671 8.8% $122,700 $47,954
Brook Park 49 19,027 8.2% $114,800 $49,366
Bedford Heights 50 10,680 14.8% $110,000 $36,573
Euclid 51 48,313 14.6% $85,300 $36,128
Painesville 52 19,689 9.4% $107,500 $33,770
Warrensville Heights 53 13,387 12.3% $87,100 $35,143
Maple Heights 54 22,880 15.7% $78,000 $36,661
Garfield Heights 55 28,492 13.1% $80,700 $41,171
Cleveland 56 392,114 19.2% $73,100 $26,179
East Cleveland 57 17,619 28.6% $65,100 $20,660

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