Shaker Heights, OH
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Shaker Heights is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 27,448 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Shaker Heights is the 52nd largest community in Ohio. Shaker Heights has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 92.82% 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 (13.98%), management occupations (13.39%), and teaching (12.79%).

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 7.90% 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Shaker Heights use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Shaker Heights‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Shaker Heights is a pretty powerful place. 64.92% 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 $52,441, which is wealthy relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $209,764 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 Chinese and Spanish.