These Are The 10 Best Cleveland Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 83 places around Cleveland to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Cleveland suburbs.

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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…

If you happen to be a resident of Chagrin Falls, 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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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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Cleveland for 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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, Chagrin Falls.

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.

Chagrin Falls, OH

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10
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Population: 4,081
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $86,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Chagrin Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chagrin Falls is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Cleveland area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Chagrin Falls.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $86,607 a year, which is the 16th highest in the Cleveland region. And only 1.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $335,600 each.

Oakwood, OH

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7.5
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Population: 9,035
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $98,125
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
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Oakwood is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Cleveland for 2019.

It ranks 11th for incomes in the area and only 2.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 12th best.

Highland Heights, OH

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10
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Population: 8,380
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 9)
Median Income: $103,787
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Highland Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights.

Pepper Pike, OH

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10
/10

Population: 6,213
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $166,786
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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Pepper Pike ranks as the 4th best suburb of Cleveland for 2019.

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.

Orange, OH

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7.5
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Population: 3,280
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $105,167
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
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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 $312,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Beachwood, OH

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7.5
/10

Population: 11,743
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Median Income: $86,026
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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Beachwood 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 2.6% which is 10th best in the area.

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

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10
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Population: 3,818
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $104,219
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to South Russell.

South Russell 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 18.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Silver Lake, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,450
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $100,486
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
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Silver 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 2.4% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

Avon Lake, OH

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6
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Population: 23,489
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $80,943
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Avon Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Avon Lake?’

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.

Review Of Avon Lake by HomeSnacks User

Great place to grow up with very good schools. Tight community that has grown rapidly. Everyone seems to know each other and a lot of effort is put into keeping the community safe and pleasant.

Going down to the lake is a favorite activity for locals. Friday night football is also a big deal in this town. Not many food options, but the surrounding communities offer more in the way of restaurants and shopping. It is a bedroom community.

Hudson, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,250
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $128,324
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Hudson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Hudson.

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 2019

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

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Chagrin Falls 4,081 $86,607
2 Oakwood 9,035 $98,125
3 Highland Heights 8,380 $103,787
4 Pepper Pike 6,213 $166,786
5 Orange 3,280 $105,167
6 Beachwood 11,743 $86,026
7 South Russell 3,818 $104,219
8 Silver Lake 2,450 $100,486
9 Avon Lake 23,489 $80,943
10 Hudson 22,250 $128,324
11 Solon 23,068 $99,050
12 Mayfield 3,408 $81,845
13 Moreland Hills 3,309 $141,681
14 Macedonia 11,715 $91,116
15 Independence 7,132 $93,443
16 Broadview Heights 19,262 $85,339
17 Reminderville 3,996 $76,343
18 Rocky River 20,273 $69,989
19 Richfield 3,649 $84,457
20 Brecksville 13,522 $101,060
21 Westlake 32,387 $81,966
22 Avon 22,538 $92,883
23 Strongsville 44,711 $84,135
24 Kirtland 6,819 $77,530
25 Aurora 15,766 $84,657
26 Shaker Heights 27,749 $82,830
27 Lyndhurst 13,678 $70,496
28 Seven Hills 11,694 $77,384
29 Gates Mills 2,269 $151,042
30 Twinsburg 18,849 $75,365
31 Stow 34,743 $68,008
32 Olmsted Falls 8,907 $63,750
33 Valley View 2,051 $88,462
34 Fairlawn 7,463 $69,004
35 Mentor 46,933 $70,625
36 University Heights 13,201 $71,007
37 Middleburg Heights 15,688 $64,539
38 Brunswick 34,658 $68,087
39 Chardon 5,166 $64,105
40 Walton Hills 2,217 $63,603
41 North Royalton 30,325 $69,236
42 North Ridgeville 32,443 $69,848
43 Sheffield 4,067 $73,456
44 Medina 26,348 $60,728
45 Sheffield Lake 9,022 $61,692
46 Tallmadge 17,506 $63,719
47 Munroe Falls 5,065 $65,095
48 Fairview Park 16,432 $54,534
49 Willoughby 22,646 $54,078
50 Willoughby Hills 9,514 $60,757
51 Willowick 14,141 $59,070
52 Wickliffe 12,712 $51,168
53 Mayfield Heights 18,841 $48,936
54 Amherst 12,086 $68,159
55 North Olmsted 32,007 $62,112
56 South Euclid 21,792 $57,058
57 Northfield 3,658 $60,072
58 Cleveland Heights 45,024 $55,339
59 Cuyahoga Falls 49,329 $52,936
60 Berea 18,934 $57,416
61 Parma Heights 20,245 $46,696
62 Lakewood 50,778 $48,701
63 Eastlake 18,284 $50,424
64 Lagrange 2,305 $60,375
65 Parma 79,871 $52,611
66 Streetsboro 16,305 $60,914
67 Richmond Heights 10,456 $50,747
68 Fairport Harbor 3,080 $53,018
69 Grafton 6,109 $55,150
70 Bedford 12,766 $43,282
71 Brook Park 18,807 $49,854
72 Kent 29,771 $38,198
73 Euclid 47,698 $37,141
74 Maple Heights 22,630 $39,827
75 Brooklyn 10,891 $45,909
76 Painesville 19,843 $45,806
77 Garfield Heights 28,122 $40,887
78 Warrensville Heights 13,278 $35,871
79 Bedford Heights 10,662 $41,962
80 Elyria 53,944 $42,067
81 East Cleveland 17,375 $21,184
82 Akron 198,252 $36,223
83 Lorain 63,731 $36,139

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