Shaker Heights, OH
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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 has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 93.01% 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 healthcare (14.67%), management occupations (13.70%), and teaching (13.55%).

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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Shaker Heights is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Shaker Heights, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Shaker Heights. 65.44% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Shaker Heights in 2010 was $51,484, which is wealthy relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $205,936 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Shaker Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.