Highlight – Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio is a fascinating city with a rich history and many things to do! Read on to learn more about the region, its schools, and activities.


Cleveland, Ohio is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately 60 miles west of the Pennsylvania border. The city, founded in 1796, spans 82.47 square miles. As of the 2010 Census, Cleveland had a total population of 396,815, making it the 45th most populous city in the US and the second largest city in Ohio. Cleveland’s predominate economies include manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and biomedical. Residents of Cleveland are commonly referred to as “Clevelanders.”


The city got its name from the surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company, when they named the capital city of Connecticut’s Western Reserve “Cleaveland” after their leader, General Moses Cleaveland. Despite swampy lowlands and harsh winters, the waterfront location was seen as an advantage to the new city and after the Ohio and Erie Canal were completed, Cleveland saw rapid growth. The addition of railroad links further expanded the city’s growth and it was officially incorporated as a city in 1836.


Cleveland experiences a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are typically hot and humid while winters and cold and snowy. The city experience lake effect snow due to its proximity to the Lake Erie shoreline, usually from mid-November through late January or early February.


The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is the largest K-12 district in the state of Ohio, with 127 schools and an enrollment of 55,567 students during the 2006-2007 academic year. It is also the only school district in Ohio that is under direct control of the mayor, who appoints the school board.

Approximately 1 square mile of Cleveland, adjacent to the Shaker Square neighborhood, is part of the Shaker Heights City School District. The area, which has been a part of the Shaker school district since the 1920’s, permits these Clevelanders to pay the same school taxes as the Shaker residents, as well as vote in the Shaker school board elections.

Private schools are also abundant throughout Cleveland, many single-sex enrollment only.

Higher education options in Cleveland include Case Western Reserve University, a world-renowned research and teaching institution that was ranked 37th in the nation in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. The Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music are located near CWRU. Cleveland State University is based in downtown Cleveland and is the city’s public four-year university.


Notable activities around Cleveland include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the many Cleveland athletics franchises – including the Cleveland Browns (National Football League), Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball), Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association), and Lake Erie Monsters (American Hockey League). Cleveland also plays host to many festival throughout the year, including the Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy, the Cleveland Asian Festival, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Fashion Week Cleveland is one of the few internationally recognized fashion industry happenings in North America and is considered by many to be the best in the Midwest.

Cleveland is a beautiful city rich with history and activities. The economy is on the rise and its lake-side location make for beautiful views. A visit to Cleveland or even considering a move there is worth the time! For more information, go here or check out the city’s website.

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