I do feel like a Clevelander. Every time, when people ask me, I automatically say, 'My home is Cleveland.
- Kyrie Irving
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Cleveland has The Eastside and The Westside and the twain really don’t meet. These are clusters of many suburbs that are too many to name. The actual city of Cleveland is geographically tight and the ‘inner-ring’ suburbs are popular with people looking for a bustling, urban lifestyle and left-leaning politics. The Westside features Lakewood (lake shoreline, high LGBTQ quotient, solid public transportation and tons of millennials.) Ohio City (young professionals, juice bars and yoga) and Tremaine. The Eastside features Cleveland Heights, Coventry, University Circle and Shaker Heights all of which are pretty good for families.
dDowntown underwent a major revitalization many years ago and living downtown became a thing that was possible. A warehouse district called The Flats was massively developed (now East Bank Flats and West Bank Flats) with world class entertainment and sports the requisite loft-style, genuine artist- in-residence spaces and luxury apartments (Goldcoast) all of which house the professionals, the painters and the partiers. Oh and there’s professional sports like crazy.
The Cleveland metro area is extremely diverse (though segregated -- The Westside is very white and can, in certain places, be downright racist.) Little Italy is the real deal, a system of metro parks called The Emerald Necklace is cool but The Lake Effect is not just a fancy term -- lots o’ snow.
The Best Thing About Cleveland?
An urban lifestyle is available well below the cost of other cities. Millennials have breathed new life into Cleveland and it shows. The ‘inner-ring’ of suburbs is pretty handy.
In the words of a local:
It is a great city. Best playhouse district outside of NYC, 4 beautiful renovated theaters with excellent entertainment. World renowned orchestra, art museum , art and culture. Two big stadiums with good sports teams. The emerald necklace, with miles and miles of beautiful trails, lots of beautiful green space. The lake front, beautiful beach and brand new areas. The downtown area is clean and safe. Beautiful to walk through at night. Wonderful Park system. Every kind of trendy restaurant you can think of and food markets. And of course the Rock and roll museum and the Football Hall of Fame. Fantastic medical community with world famous hospitals. Good suburbs and affordable housing.Well the list goes on and on but that is a sample of what is in Cleveland.
The Worst Thing About Cleveland?
Spring Is a Week Long
The weather really blows. Winters are grey and long and when the grey weather sets in, those notoriously friendly people lose their otherwise friendly demeanor.
A local's POV on the weather:
Having four seasons is great, but they aren't always pleasant. In fact, I would argue there are seven season in Cleveland ("construction season" jokes aside), and you get six of them every year: good summer, bad summer, awesome fall, good winter, bad winter, and then one of either nice spring or shitty spring, but whichever spring you get will also only be like a week or two long.
Lifestyle Of Cleveland
People who live here LOVE IT. It has an amazing theater district with four beautiful and renovated downtown venues. It has a world-class orchestra and art museum and of course the Rock and Roll Museum. Two downtown sport arenas and a beautiful lake front beach. The food scene has exploded in recent years and the bar/club scene is pulling in youngsters from across the midwest. If none of that blows your horn then consider quiet, posh suburban neighborhoods for relaxing with your plutocrat friends. e eyar
Check out the calendar of events if you want a closer review of all the concerts, theater and more throughout the year: https://clevelandtraveler.com/cleveland-calendar/
Workstyle of Cleveland
Cleveland is well-known for its historic manufacturing base, which like all of the midwest has suffered in the last several decades. What is less well-known is how massive the world-class medical community is here with Cleveland Clinic consistently rated among the top one or two hospitals in the United States. More recent growth in tech, banking and financial services and healthcare have improved the working conditions well beyond its Rust Belt reputation.
Why You Should Move Here Now?
They really want you to.
Cleveland is still in a years-long effort to reinvent itself and it has attracted lots of advanced jobs in BioTech, IT and advanced manufacturing that pay well while the cost of living and home prices are a bargain.