Cleveland, OH
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Cleveland is a large city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 388,072 people and 176 constituent neighborhoods, Cleveland is the second largest community in Ohio. Cleveland has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Cleveland is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.48%), sales jobs (8.68%), and food service (8.08%).

Cleveland, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Cleveland are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Cleveland rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.64% 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 $17,537, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,148 for a family of four. Cleveland also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.24% 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 10.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cleveland include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Cleveland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.