Cleveland - Ohio


Located along the southern coast of Lake Erie and along the western border of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the Northeast Ohio metropolitan area is one of the largest in area, and continues to be one of the preferred locations to live, work and play in the State of Ohio. Northeast Ohio encompasses a 16 county area and ranks as the 12th largest metro area in the United States with a population more than 4,100,000 residents and a $140 billion economy. The City of Cleveland is the largest city, located along Lake Erie; and moving south along I-77, are the cities of Akron and Canton; to the east along I-76 is Youngstown. This area is easily accessible by most of Ohio's major interstates, including port access in a few shoreline communities, including Cleveland along the Cuyahoga River and served by two major airports.

Historically, Northeast Ohio was in the heart of the rust belt, however, after the decline in steel production and the auto industry, the Northeast Ohio economy has become much more diverse. The area's economy is still heavily based on manufacturing, however, health care, science and engineering, biotechnology and biomedical, and education industries are growing. Cleveland is ranked highly among other U.S. markets, with respect to the number of company headquarters and Fortune 500 firms. Additionally, over 30 institutions of higher learning make their home in Northeast Ohio, and boasts over 27,000 college graduates per year.

Northeast Ohio continues to grow in tourism, receiving over eight million visitors a year. Cleveland is home to sports teams like the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers. Notable museums like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Museum and other nationally-renowned museums. Cleveland is also culturally rich with theaters, playhouses, restaurants, shopping centres and entertainment. Northeast Ohio offers many desirable amenities, a high standard of living and a healthy economy that attracts businesses and people to the area.