Nestled along the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is one of Ohio’s most famous cities, full of things to do, see and, of course, eat!
Over the past few years, Cleveland has definitely increased in popularity, named one of the best cities for Millenials, best places for nightlife and a top foodie city. The city offers an overwhelming collection of historic buildings, breweries, beautiful homes and a friendly, open community of residents — so we don’t blame you for wanting to live here!
Before you make the move to our amazing city, there are a few things you should know. From our rock and roll history to the mustard you should choose, we’ve created a complete guide to help you transition to being a Clevelander — a little easier.
The Cleveland Basics:
- Estimated Population (2019): 390,000
- County: Cuyahoga County
- Land Area: 77.70 miles
- Water Area: 4.76 miles
- Rainfall: 39.12 inches
- Snowfall: 68 inches
- Average Annual High Temperature: 59.6°F
- Average Annual Temperature: 51.4°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 43.1°F
1. Being friendly is in our DNA
Unlike a lot of other big cities in the United States, we actually like visitors! Because most of us are actually transplants from around the world, we don’t mind the hoards of tourists sightseeing in our amazing city — we don’t blame them! Clevelanders are often seen chatting with neighbors on the sidewalk or visiting with the clerk at the local grocery store and will definitely wave to you when merging into traffic. It’s a quality we love about our community!
2. Our weather can be indecisive
When you move, you’ll definitely want to invest in a good ice scraper, snow boots, a raincoat, umbrella and a quality sunblock. As Clevelanders like to say “Only in Ohio can you experience all four seasons in the same week,” which is completely true due to our rapidly changing weather patterns in the area.
3. But we still love the outdoors
Even with the ever-changing weather here in Cleveland, we still love the outdoors. Cleveland touches two Lake Erie beaches: Edgewater Park and Huntington Reservation, both of which offer dog and swim beaches, paddleboard and kayak rentals, fishing piers, picnic areas and more. We also love to run, with several famous marathons happening each year in the area. But, no matter what your outdoor passion is, we have a space for it — from rock climbing and surfing to bouncing in bounce houses.
4. LeBron James is more than just a basketball player
Born and raised in Akron, LeBron James is our hometown hero. Not only is he a basketball legend, but he’s our superstar. He’s one of us, a favorite son who returned home and brought a championship to our city, lifting a 52-year curse.
5. You’ll definitely become a sports fan
Because we’re home to The Browns, the NBA Champion Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians, it’s hard not to be a die-hard sports fan in Cleveland. Pretty soon you’ll be painting your face, donning a jersey and heading out to Jacobs Field (or Progressive Field, it is a name change we’re still having a hard time accepting).
6. We’re a foodie’s paradise
Cleveland has long been celebrated for our dining scene by publications like the Los Angeles Times, Thrillist, (The Cutler Blog!) and many more. Guy Fieri has even featured several local Cleveland spots in many episodes of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives because the food here is so good. We’ve got incredible burgers, grilled cheese, hot dogs, hot chocolate and more. Not to mention the growing health food scene that is sweeping our amazing city.
7. And our brews are next level
With all of the amazing things going on in Cleveland, you might wonder how Clevelanders keep up. The answer: coffee from our nationally recognized coffee houses. From coffee king, Phoenix Coffee who has been roasting locally for over 25 years to newbie Six Shooter Cafe, we have a coffee shop for every taste.
We also love our beer! Over the past few years, Cleveland’s craft beer scene has exploded, making us one of the best beer cities in the nation. In fact, we’re home to the Great Lakes Brewing Company, the first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio.
8. Your choice of mustard is important
When most baseball fans order a hot dog during a game, they reach for the yellow mustard — unless they’re in Cleveland. Here we like our mustard brown and full of vinegar and we take it very seriously.
9. Our architecture is famous
Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library
Thousands of visitors come to Cleveland each year, just to marvel at the exquisite buildings. In fact, our distinctive architecture was featured on Fodor’s list of reasons to visit Cleveland, and for a good reason. Our city is full of history, gargoyles, Corinthian columns and, of course, beautiful homes. If you haven’t yet, be sure to pay a visit to the Arcade, the Cleveland Trust rotunda and the Cleveland Public Library for a little taste of the stunning landmarks from around the area.
10. And so is our theater district
Besides New York City’s Lincoln Center, Cleveland is home to the largest performing arts center in the United States: Playhouse Square. This theater district is full of glamorous theaters that draw well over a million visitors annually. Visit the area and catch a show or just stop in to try one of the many incredible restaurants in the area — plus you won’t be able to resist taking a photo of the dazzling sparkling lights that adorn the streets!
11. We’re the Rock and Roll Capital of the World
Our city is teeming with rock and roll history. We hosted the first-ever major rock concert in 1952, the Moondog Coronation Ball that featured Tiny Grimes, Paul Williams, the Hucklebuckers and many more musical geniuses. The show was hosted by Alan Freed, a Cleveland DJ who many consider the originator of the term “Rock and Roll”. All of that rock and roll history along with our amazing record stores, rockin’ venues like the Agora and the House of Blues and the world famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — make us a must-visit destination for music lovers.
12. It’s actually cheaper to live here!
The overall cost of living in Cleveland is nearly 10% lower than the national average. It’s the perfect place for first time home buyers or Millenials who are just getting their start. Plus, our job market is on the rise too. Our biotech and IT fields are booming as well as advanced manufacturing — so no matter what you love to do, you can do it in Cleveland and live in an incredible (and affordable!) home while you do it!
Welcome to Cleveland!
If you’ve yet to find a home in Cleveland, we are here to help! There is a wide variety of homes for sale in Cleveland, ranging in size, style and price point. Take a look at the many homes available in the area and contact us if we can help make your home search, or your move, easier!