Cleveland, OH
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Living in Cleveland


Cleveland is a large city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 381,009 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 (11.99%), sales jobs (8.58%), and food service (8.57%).

Cleveland is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Cleveland is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Cleveland is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Cleveland really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Cleveland citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Cleveland ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Cleveland a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Cleveland rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.60% 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 2018 was $20,085, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,340 for a family of four. However, Cleveland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Cleveland also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.65% 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 11.57% 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.