Shaker Heights, OH
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Shaker Heights is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 27,302 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 (13.43%), and teaching (12.13%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Shaker Heights telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.23% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Shaker Heights, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Shaker Heights is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 64.71% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Shaker Heights in 2010 was $55,564, which is wealthy relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $222,256 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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