The 10 Best Cleveland Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 83 places around Cleveland to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Cleveland suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Cleveland are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Cleveland? Oakwood ranks as the best suburb of Cleveland for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Oakwood, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Cleveland 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

The 10 Best Cleveland Suburbs To Live For 2021

Oakwood, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,982
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $112,917
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Oakwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oakwood is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Cleveland area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Oakwood."

Everyone here is rich; families average $112,917 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Cleveland region. And only 1.51% are out of work. Homes average more than $248,000 each.

Chagrin Falls, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,032
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $101,691
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Chagrin Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chagrin Falls is the second best 'burb we looked at near Cleveland for 2021.

It ranks 14th for incomes in the area and only 1.76% of residents lack insurance, good for 10th best.

Pepper Pike, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,269
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $190,682
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Pepper Pike: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Pepper Pike, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Cleveland metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Pepper Pike.

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10
/10

Population: 3,776
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Income: $119,457
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on South Russell: Real Estate | Data

South Russell ranks as the 4th best suburb of Cleveland for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in South Russell and the schools are some of the best around.

Independence, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,169
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Median Income: $106,413
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Independence.

Independence gets kudos for having the 22nd most expensive homes in the Cleveland area, where houses sell for an average of $238,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Hudson, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,263
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $134,963
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Hudson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hudson is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.67% which is 36th best in the area.

According to online reports, Hudson is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Cleveland area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Silver Lake, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,532
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $108,958
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Silver Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Silver Lake.

Silver Lake schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 25.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Moreland Hills, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,306
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $173,209
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Moreland Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Moreland Hills is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 1.54% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Broadview Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 19,195
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Income: $89,224
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Broadview Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Broadview Heights?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,024
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $94,479
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Valley View: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Valley View.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Cleveland for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Cleveland was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Cleveland.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 84 suburbs to evaluate around Cleveland.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 84 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Cleveland." We're lookin' at you, Oakwood. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Cleveland 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Cleveland, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cleveland Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Oakwood, OH 8,982 $112,917
2 Chagrin Falls, OH 4,032 $101,691
3 Pepper Pike, OH 6,269 $190,682
4 South Russell, OH 3,776 $119,457
5 Independence, OH 7,169 $106,413
6 Hudson, OH 22,263 $134,963
7 Silver Lake, OH 2,532 $108,958
8 Moreland Hills, OH 3,306 $173,209
9 Broadview Heights, OH 19,195 $89,224
10 Valley View, OH 2,024 $94,479
11 Rocky River, OH 20,198 $74,950
12 Avon, OH 22,999 $109,916
13 Beachwood, OH 11,663 $89,190
14 Mayfield, OH 3,372 $77,784
15 Avon Lake, OH 24,030 $83,018
16 Highland Heights, OH 8,390 $109,818
17 Macedonia, OH 11,873 $97,440
18 Westlake, OH 32,275 $86,008
19 Solon, OH 22,947 $107,286
20 Brecksville, OH 13,537 $108,606
21 Gates Mills, OH 2,189 $165,167
22 Reminderville, OH 4,237 $84,354
23 Strongsville, OH 44,719 $88,176
24 Kirtland, OH 6,822 $91,683
25 Stow, OH 34,776 $73,201
26 Fairlawn, OH 7,514 $67,598
27 Orange, OH 3,276 $116,823
28 Shaker Heights, OH 27,387 $87,235
29 Lyndhurst, OH 13,533 $73,164
30 Olmsted Falls, OH 8,883 $69,839
31 Richfield, OH 3,650 $92,243
32 University Heights, OH 13,025 $77,256
33 Twinsburg, OH 18,707 $76,674
34 Seven Hills, OH 11,638 $82,255
35 Aurora, OH 16,026 $97,848
36 Brunswick, OH 34,781 $69,884
37 Middleburg Heights, OH 15,573 $63,619
38 North Ridgeville, OH 33,427 $77,221
39 Mentor, OH 47,096 $72,615
40 North Royalton, OH 30,252 $70,665
41 Tallmadge, OH 17,589 $75,622
42 Medina, OH 26,095 $66,155
43 Northfield, OH 3,665 $65,375
44 Sheffield, OH 4,190 $80,000
45 Fairview Park, OH 16,303 $61,020
46 Willoughby, OH 22,869 $60,332
47 Willowick, OH 14,133 $62,016
48 Walton Hills, OH 2,246 $73,269
49 Willoughby Hills, OH 9,527 $59,328
50 Chardon, OH 5,167 $65,262
51 Sheffield Lake, OH 8,968 $62,292
52 Berea, OH 18,788 $59,511
53 Mayfield Heights, OH 18,669 $53,450
54 Mentor-On-The-Lake, OH 7,391 $54,642
55 Amherst, OH 12,108 $71,775
56 Lakewood, OH 50,259 $53,290
57 South Euclid, OH 21,572 $61,078
58 Munroe Falls, OH 5,057 $66,333
59 North Olmsted, OH 31,710 $64,236
60 Cleveland Heights, OH 44,571 $57,768
61 Streetsboro, OH 16,406 $65,742
62 Wickliffe, OH 12,743 $61,105
63 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 49,192 $57,101
64 Parma Heights, OH 20,045 $52,068
65 Parma, OH 79,091 $57,120
66 Eastlake, OH 18,156 $54,698
67 Lagrange, OH 2,484 $69,870
68 Richmond Heights, OH 10,406 $51,505
69 Kent, OH 29,811 $32,993
70 Fairport Harbor, OH 3,077 $49,972
71 Bedford, OH 12,631 $46,020
72 Grafton, OH 5,996 $61,042
73 Brook Park, OH 18,617 $53,390
74 Bedford Heights, OH 10,565 $46,485
75 Warrensville Heights, OH 13,203 $38,433
76 Brooklyn, OH 10,773 $48,552
77 Maple Heights, OH 22,383 $42,805
78 Euclid, OH 47,159 $38,242
79 Garfield Heights, OH 27,814 $43,971
80 Painesville, OH 19,845 $49,448
81 East Cleveland, OH 17,200 $20,743
82 Elyria, OH 53,821 $44,324
83 Akron, OH 198,051 $38,739
84 Lorain, OH 63,801 $38,291

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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