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

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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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 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.

1. Beachwood

Beachwood, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,786
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Median Home Price: $274,400
Median Income: $88,287
More on Beachwood: Real Estate | Data
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: Public domain

Population: 4,056
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $328,100
Median Income: $75,260
More on Chagrin Falls: Real Estate | Data
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
More on Oakwood: Real Estate | Data
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

Population: 6,150
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $421,500
Median Income: $164,471
More on Pepper Pike: Real Estate | Data
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
More on Orange: Real Estate | Data
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
More on South Russell: Real Estate | Data
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: Public domain

Population: 2,452
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $198,100
Median Income: $94,500
More on Silver Lake: Real Estate | Data
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

Population: 23,221
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $225,600
Median Income: $80,884
More on Avon Lake: Real Estate | Data
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

Brecksville, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,470
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $256,000
Median Income: $98,345
More on Brecksville: Real Estate | Data
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

Population: 23,085
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $273,800
Median Income: $96,976
More on Solon: Real Estate | Data
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

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

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