Best Cleveland Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Cleveland? South Russell ranks as the best suburb of Cleveland for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of South Russell, 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

The 10 Best Cleveland Suburbs To Live For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,801
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 6)
Median Income: $115,000
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on South Russell: Real Estate | Data

South Russell is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Cleveland area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome South Russell."

Everyone here is rich; families average $115,000 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Cleveland region. And only 1.27% are out of work. Homes average more than $326,600 each.

Chagrin Falls, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,061
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $96,694
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Chagrin Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chagrin Falls is the second best 'burb we looked at near Cleveland for 2020.

It ranks 14th for incomes in the area and only 1.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Oakwood, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,030
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $102,159
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Oakwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Pepper Pike, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,242
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $193,889
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Pepper Pike: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pepper Pike ranks as the 4th best suburb of Cleveland for 2020.

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.

Beachwood, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,704
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $89,706
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Beachwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Beachwood.

Beachwood gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the Cleveland area, where houses sell for an average of $296,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Orange, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,285
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $105,385
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Orange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Orange 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 2.91% which is 21st best in the area.

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

Moreland Hills, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,316
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Income: $136,250
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Moreland Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Moreland Hills.

Moreland Hills 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 12.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Silver Lake, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,511
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,947
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Silver Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 2.27% of people lack insurance, good for 20th in the area.

Avon, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,786
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 13)
Median Income: $104,125
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Avon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Avon?'

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.

Hudson, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,287
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $128,638
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Hudson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Cleveland for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 84 suburbs to evaluate around Cleveland.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 84 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, South Russell. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Cleveland 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cleveland Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 South Russell, OH 3,801 $115,000
2 Chagrin Falls, OH 4,061 $96,694
3 Oakwood, OH 9,030 $102,159
4 Pepper Pike, OH 6,242 $193,889
5 Beachwood, OH 11,704 $89,706
6 Orange, OH 3,285 $105,385
7 Moreland Hills, OH 3,316 $136,250
8 Silver Lake, OH 2,511 $103,947
9 Avon, OH 22,786 $104,125
10 Hudson, OH 22,287 $128,638
11 Avon Lake, OH 23,777 $87,525
12 Mayfield, OH 3,397 $76,792
13 Independence, OH 7,156 $100,278
14 Valley View, OH 2,013 $91,711
15 Solon, OH 23,038 $104,625
16 Rocky River, OH 20,310 $70,341
17 Macedonia, OH 11,808 $92,217
18 Broadview Heights, OH 19,242 $88,404
19 Highland Heights, OH 8,396 $106,739
20 Gates Mills, OH 2,198 $161,250
21 Reminderville, OH 4,113 $78,656
22 Kirtland, OH 6,818 $88,537
23 Richfield, OH 3,647 $77,450
24 Stow, OH 34,796 $72,782
25 Brecksville, OH 13,538 $105,566
26 Fairlawn, OH 7,522 $71,119
27 Aurora, OH 15,941 $94,141
28 Strongsville, OH 44,752 $87,264
29 Westlake, OH 32,378 $83,434
30 Twinsburg, OH 18,915 $77,021
31 Shaker Heights, OH 27,620 $83,420
32 Olmsted Falls, OH 8,912 $65,982
33 Lyndhurst, OH 13,630 $75,236
34 Seven Hills, OH 11,690 $79,735
35 Chardon, OH 5,171 $67,944
36 University Heights, OH 13,138 $72,951
37 Brunswick, OH 34,733 $68,664
38 North Ridgeville, OH 32,954 $74,309
39 Sheffield, OH 4,126 $73,915
40 Mentor, OH 47,062 $69,069
41 Middleburg Heights, OH 15,670 $61,709
42 Sheffield Lake, OH 9,011 $63,902
43 Medina, OH 26,220 $63,888
44 North Royalton, OH 30,322 $70,429
45 Walton Hills, OH 2,215 $64,643
46 Fairview Park, OH 16,400 $57,752
47 Willoughby Hills, OH 9,526 $64,650
48 Willowick, OH 14,160 $60,801
49 Tallmadge, OH 17,581 $69,823
50 Northfield, OH 3,677 $59,712
51 Willoughby, OH 22,770 $58,214
52 Munroe Falls, OH 5,065 $66,687
53 Berea, OH 18,859 $59,229
54 North Olmsted, OH 31,888 $63,701
55 Mayfield Heights, OH 18,766 $53,373
56 South Euclid, OH 21,688 $58,760
57 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 49,317 $54,250
58 Amherst, OH 12,097 $69,657
59 Mentor-On-The-Lake, OH 7,410 $53,478
60 Cleveland Heights, OH 44,865 $56,993
61 Lakewood, OH 50,553 $51,323
62 Parma Heights, OH 20,162 $49,326
63 Richmond Heights, OH 10,449 $51,625
64 Wickliffe, OH 12,733 $54,932
65 Eastlake, OH 18,229 $52,255
66 Parma, OH 79,559 $55,536
67 Fairport Harbor, OH 3,091 $53,590
68 Streetsboro, OH 16,395 $63,271
69 Bedford, OH 12,705 $45,413
70 Lagrange, OH 2,375 $67,722
71 Brook Park, OH 18,721 $51,626
72 Grafton, OH 6,094 $58,103
73 Kent, OH 29,824 $36,441
74 Euclid, OH 47,456 $37,662
75 Bedford Heights, OH 10,633 $44,667
76 Brooklyn, OH 10,862 $48,147
77 Maple Heights, OH 22,539 $41,019
78 Painesville, OH 19,828 $48,222
79 Warrensville Heights, OH 13,258 $34,814
80 Garfield Heights, OH 28,001 $41,841
81 Elyria, OH 53,910 $43,360
82 Akron, OH 198,314 $37,533
83 East Cleveland, OH 17,321 $21,439
84 Lorain, OH 63,773 $37,014

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.