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A+ Cleveland Heights Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Cleveland Heights Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% higher than Ohio
Cleveland Heights
973% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Cleveland Heights cost of living
B- Cleveland Heights Crime Total crime is 16% lower than Ohio
Total crime
2,26818% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4518% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%Year over year crime is down
Cleveland Heights crime
D+ Cleveland Heights Employment Household income is 6% higher than Ohio
Median household income
$53,9013% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$31,8877% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%19% higher than the US average
Cleveland Heights employment
F Cleveland Heights Housing Home value is 3% lower than Ohio
Median home value
$127,70031% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8718% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Cleveland Heights real estate or Cleveland Heights rentals
B+ Cleveland Heights Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Ohio
High school grad. rates
92%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
59%20% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Cleveland Heights K-12 schools

Living in Cleveland Heights, OH

Located in the state of Ohio, Cleveland Heights is a moderately-sized city with a population of 45,160 people. In Cleveland Heights, there are 5,576 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Cleveland Heights is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (49%) and Black or African American (43%).

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The best areas in Cleveland Heights and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Ohio and national averages.

With a livability score of 74/100, Cleveland Heights is ranked #5,734 in the United States and #500 in Ohio. For each of the livability categories, we know that Cleveland Heights ranks very well for amenities (A+) and education (B+). On a less positive note, Cleveland Heights does not have favorable ranks for the following: weather (D) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Cleveland Heights on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Assuming that Cleveland Heights meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Cleveland Heights. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Cleveland Heights are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Cleveland Heights come in at $127,700, which is 3.2% lower than the Ohio average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Cleveland Heights, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 7.7% lower than the Ohio average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Cleveland Heights were 5.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.9%.

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Compare Cleveland Heights, OH Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Cleveland Heights, OH

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
University District, Cleveland722.27,940
Edgewater, Cleveland6910.27,397
Tremont, Cleveland696.96,533
Old Brooklyn, Cleveland688.933,665
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Jefferson, Cleveland6812.518,606
Downtown, Cleveland676.48,632
Ohio City-West Side, Cleveland678.19,075
Goodrich-Kirkland, Cleveland665.43,969

Best Cities Near Cleveland Heights, OH

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Silver Lake, OH9025.22,452
Shaker Heights, OH882.527,773
Bay Village, OH8819.215,414
Avon Lake, OH8823.523,221
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fairlawn, OH8726.47,477
Medina, OH8730.526,445
Norton, OH8633.612,044
Lakewood, OH8612.650,866
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Heavy handed from city hall, great culture and food.

We bought a house to live in/renovate in Cleveland Heights Summer of 2009. Great restaurants and cultural activities. We could have been a big supporter of the city and renovated multiple homes, but the heavy handed inspections turned us off and we moved.

The Negative:

We found the 'point of sale' process to be very heavy handed, and it ultimately led to the sale being unprofitable for us when we were required to replace a driveway with minimal cracks in it (while potholes on Taylor Rd. were likely to rip a wheel off...) We had a 9 page list of stuff to fix before we could sell the home. We would have done 95% of it anyway, but the $6500 for the driveway really threw things off and left a bad taste in our mouths.

The property (and school) taxes are also absurdly high, particularly considering that most upper income people send their kids to private school. When we sold the home in Fall of 2010 (we meant to be there 4-5 years, but changed plans) the school taxes were the second highest in the state (right behind Shaker Heights just to the south.) We moved to Mantua with the second lowest school taxes in the state and much better performing schools (surprising in the sticks.)

We bought our house for $30,000. We sold it for $70,000 after about 1000 hours of work put into it. The county still had it valued at $130,000, even after one reduction. Taxes were $3950/year. Our current home is 1/3 larger with 8 times the land (and better schools) and taxes are $2200/yr. Those $329/mo in taxes works out to $70,000 in value over 30 years at 4% interest. So the taxes literally reduced the value of the home by 50%.

I was a contractor for several years as well, Cleveland Heights was one of the trickier cities to work in out of the 40+ cities I did work in.

The additional costs of living there (taxes and inspections), combined with older housing stock in need of repairs, are depressing housing values and sending the city on a downward spiral. I hope they catch it because there are a lot of cool things about it.

Finally, the highway is very tough to get to. Fastest I ever got there was 12 minutes to I-271. Other directions are about a 20 minute ride. If you work at Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals, or The Cleveland Clinic, this is a great place to live. If you need to get to the highway, pick a suburb closer to a highway.

The Positive:

Enough whining. This is a wildly walkable city, second probably only to Lakewood. There are a TON of cool restaurants. Cain Park has some great shows. The Shaker Square Farmer's Market is AMAZING. Lots of green space. Zagara's is a sweet grocery store, and you can walk there from a lot of neighborhoods. RTA from Shaker Square is great for getting downtown or to the airport. Amazing library. Some of the prettiest churches and houses I've ever seen. My favorite era of homes is here: between the war. They are built like brick outhouses with gorgeous trim and built ins (but an energy and comfort nightmare, my professional specialty.)

We trained for a marathon living here and never ran the exact same route twice. (Watch your routes, though, we got a little nervous a few times...) Little Italy is really cool. The museums and orchestra are some of the best in the world and only a few miles away. Church Festivals are a blast (especially the Greek and Catholic ones, as a protestant we don't drink much, often making us sticks in the mud...)

Part of my negative outlook is also influenced by the fact that we moved here somewhat under duress. My wife and I both lost our jobs within 2 weeks of each other in early 2009 (when the world was about to end) and we sold our home in Kent, then used the equity to buy a foreclosure in Cleveland Heights. We both started businesses at that time (which are still going) but it was very stressful. So keep that in mind, I was not in the best of mindsets.
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Why Cleveland Heights, Ohio Is Such A Great Place To Live!

I recently moved to Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and to say the least, I have been completely blown over! The pleasant suburban feel of this place is inimitable. With no more than 50,000 residents, this place is a real treat for the mind and soul. You can enjoy peace and indulge in communal activities at your own leisure. The temperature is also quite agreeable, the coolest month being January, and the warmest month being July.

It can certainly be a bummer for people who love the fast life, even though there are some sizzling nightclubs for entertainment and fun, such as Velvet Dog, Anatomy Night Club Ultralounge, Bounce Night Club, etc. Though there are not many great places for shopping, this place has its fair share of delights including cigar bars, hookah bars, piano bars, karaoke bars, etc. There are a number of sports venues too for games enthusiasts.

You can enjoy an amazing dinner at Melt Bar & Grilled or Aladdin's Eatery, and spend evenings in Fairmount Martini & Wine Bar! If you are an art lover, you can go to Cedar Lee Cinemas, which features a lot of off-beat and independent films. Cain Park, an outdoor covered amphitheater, is where the city comes alive with scores of events, concerts, dance performances, and arts festivals happening all year round. It also offers ample opportunities for education by means of two school districts and a large number of private schools within the city.

Cleveland Heights is a melting point of cultures, having as many Whites as African Americans, and a good number of Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Asians, Hispanics and Latinos! It is a beautiful place with an amazing culture that thrives on mutual respect and admiration. Basically, if you want to enjoy the small pleasures of life, this is the place to be!
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