Cleveland is a large city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 383,793 people and 176 constituent neighborhoods, Cleveland is the second largest community in Ohio. Much of the housing stock in Cleveland was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cleveland is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cleveland is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cleveland who work in office and administrative support (14.01%), sales jobs (8.78%), and food service (8.25%).
One thing noticeable about Cleveland, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Cleveland is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Cleveland a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Cleveland is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Cleveland is having a public transportation system, but in Cleveland the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Cleveland benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Cleveland rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.42% of adults 25 and older in Cleveland have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Cleveland in 2010 was $18,844, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,376 for a family of four. Cleveland also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.22% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Cleveland is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cleveland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cleveland residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Cleveland also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.18% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cleveland include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Cleveland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.