Shaker Heights is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 27,646 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Shaker Heights is the 52nd largest community in Ohio.
Shaker Heights real estate is some of the most expensive in Ohio, although Shaker Heights house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Shaker Heights is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Shaker Heights is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shaker Heights who work in teaching (14.25%), management occupations (13.89%), and healthcare (13.14%).
Of important note, Shaker Heights is also a city of artists. Shaker Heights has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Shaker Heights’s character.
Also of interest is that Shaker Heights has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Shaker Heights is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Shaker Heights is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Shaker Heights area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Shaker Heights is a pretty powerful place. 65.79% of the adults in Shaker Heights have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Shaker Heights in 2010 was $49,650, which is wealthy relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $198,600 for a family of four. However, Shaker Heights contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Shaker Heights is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Shaker Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shaker Heights residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Shaker Heights include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Shaker Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.