Life in Cleveland, Ohio

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Cleveland, Ohio? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Cleveland?
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WeatherHow much crime?What are the neighborhoods like?What are the people like?
Cleveland, Ohio experiences all four seasons with full intensity. However, Lake Erie is very close so there is a ton of lake effect weather. I live 20 miles south of Cleveland and we get a lot less rain and snow than Clevelanders do. Overall, there isn't any flooding or natural disasters though. There is A LOT of snow in the winter, but it doesn't affect driving or transportation for the most part. Summers are really pretty in Cleveland, perfect time for an Indians game.There is a lot of crime in Cleveland, especially if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Almost all the crime I hear on Northeastern Ohio news if from Cleveland. I've never experienced it and I've been to Cleveland hundreds of times. One time a car parked behind me got broken into. That's really it though. I was always in a good area, by the heart of the city. I've heard of murders in Cleveland and I've heard of people getting mugged. It's usually in the outskirts of Cleveland though. Still - be safe! I would recommend living in a suburb 20-30 minutes away from Cleveland so you can be safe. Cleveland has nothing that is worth living their for in my opinion. It has fun activities and events to go to but that's on the weekends. Not everyday.

MOST of the crime in Cleveland has to do with personal issues, however some of it is innocent. I'm sure you've heard of the Ariel Castro crime of girls locked in his basement for 10 years. So...the cops here aren't that great. A lot of the time, gunshots aren't even reported to the cops.
You'll know when you see it. Huron Rd, Ontario St, Euclid Ave - all beautiful areas. The city has some great places to go - Rock N Roll hall of fame, art museums, Great Lakes science center, history museums, concerts, dining opportunities, festivals, etc. The Flats are generally pretty safe too. You'll all find this in the heart of the city. There are some modern apartments - such as Stonebridge Waterfront. Right by the lake, perfect view of the city.

The East side is really bad, most of the homes are run down, the schooling isn't too good and there is a lot of crime here. Areas by E 55th, Superior Ave, Lorain Ave, Franklin Ave, etc. If you take a wrong turn in Cleveland, you can find yourself in a very sketchy area. It may sound stereotypical...but it's not worth the risk. Sure the housing here is cheap, but is it worth living in a bad area? No.
My white, conservative father grew up on the East side of Cleveland in a primarily african american school. Anyone can live in Cleveland. Usually, when you go to the city, most of the people are people who live outside of the city in suburbs who go there for their jobs, events, etc. There are tons of college students walking the streets. There are business men. There are black people, there are white people. There are homeless people. It's a city, so it is diverse. As long as you know what you're doing, you'll be fine here.
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Downtown area is great - a lot of fun activities. However, there is no shopping in Cleveland. Seriously. No mall. No shopping. Just a few irrelevant stores.Melt bar and grilled is a must-see! Grilled cheese everywhere! I also love Flannery's Pub - great food and great beer.Terrible. I wouldn't recommend it, they are constantly losing money and teachers. Most don't have any electives.Yes, plenty of clubs and bars.
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It's not like New York with the constant noises of traffic, but there are some noise sources such as a nearby airport and the occasional gunshot. (oops.)Akron and Coventry are two neighboring towns. In my opinion, Coventry would be the best to live in because it's urban, artistic, and full of culture. The houses here look victorian. There isn't any crime here either.

Cleveland has more opportunities than Akron, but they both have a lot of crime and poor communities. Coventry is close enough to Cleveland and Akron to experience the big events they have there without dealing with the day-to-day threat of crime.
The Cleveland Clinic - one of the best hospitals in the country. That's something good that Cleveland has.The museums are nice. A lot of people love the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
General comments   
I like Cleveland. I really do. Playhouse Square is beautiful and has great shows, it's an amazing theatre district. Indians games at Progressive Field are a perfect summer activity. They have great dining as well! At night, I feel adventurous because the city looks great. I will say's not comparable to Chicago or New York. There isn't too many landmarks or shopping.   
Cleveland, Ohio population: 396815

How many black people live in Cleveland? How many white people?
Number of White People147929Percentage of White people37.3%
Number of Black People219027Percentage of Black people55.2%
Number of Hispanic People43059Percentage of Hispanic people10.8%
Number of Asian People9287Percentage of Asian people2.3%
Number of American Indian People4008Percentage of American Indian people1%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Cleveland, Ohio

Percent college grads: 13.1%
Percent grad school grads: 4.9%
Unemployment rate: 17.8
Median house value: 86700
Median income: 27349

How many singles in Cleveland?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
31734354840.89men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
16797182490.92men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
18764205720.91men for each woman

Crimes in Cleveland, Ohio
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault19221%2%
Auto Theft35031%4%

Weather History for Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0007355545773540
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year074541944434233560

How many hot humid days a year does Cleveland, Ohio have?
How many cloudy days a year does Cleveland, Ohio have?
How many sunny days a year does Cleveland, Ohio have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Cleveland, Ohio have? How windy is it?
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MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year5621814700763778170

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.