Posted in: Living Posted on: Mar 14th, 2016

A Brief Look at Life in Cleveland, Ohio

Photo Credit: Cleveland by Joshua Rothhaas | CC-BY-2.0

It's almost impossible to think about Ohio without thinking about Cleveland. Founded in 1796, the city goes by the nickname of The Forest City because of the number of trees it planted in its early history. It also uses the motto of “Progress & Prosperity” to reflect its commitment towards constantly growing and moving forward. Here’s a rough guide to the city’s economy, culture, and parks for those who are looking to rent apartments in Cleveland.


With prime access to Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, and multiple railways, Cleveland became a hub for American manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, with steel being a major export. The city’s current economy is much more diversified, and ample employment opportunities exist for those in the medical, technological, and engineering fields. A notable amount of multinational companies also have their headquarters in Cleveland, including Applied Industrial Technologies and Sherwin-Williams Company. The Cleveland Clinic is the city’s largest private employer, with a workforce of more than 37,000 individuals.

Local Culture

Playhouse Square Center is one of the top cultural destinations in the city. It is one of the largest playhouses in the nation and features a number of plays, musicals, and other special performances every year. Of course, Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where visitors can see everything from Janis Joplin’s car to Jim Morrison’s Cub Scouts uniform. Other cultural sites you'll want to check out for yourself include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Orchestra, and Blossom Music Center.

Outdoor Destinations

The Cleveland Metroparks system is one of the largest parks and recreation systems in the entire country. The system consists of multiple parks and outdoor destinations that cover more than 21,000 acres. The Bedford Reservation is home to a golf course and a National Natural Landmark. While you might hear people talk about the Columbus Zoo, the Cleveland Zoo is actually the largest in the state and has hundreds of animals living inside natural habitats. Cleveland also has countless smaller parks with picnic pavilions, outdoor theaters, playgrounds, and trails for hiking and biking.

With ample employment opportunities, wonderful museums, and countless parks, Cleveland is one of the best places to live in all of Ohio.