Cleveland, Ohio

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Like other Midwestern cities, Cleveland’s fortunes have changed with the prospects of its industrial sector. Its prime location on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie made it an important part of the early U.S. industrial transportation network. Steel production and metalworking formed the backbone of the Cleveland economy. When canals and trains gave way to trucks and boats, industry and employment declined. Today, students migrating to Cleveland will find above-average numbers of STEM workers, in large part because of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Other Cleveland advantages include rents that are below average and a strengthening art and entertainment sector, bolstered by three major sports teams – the Cavs, Indians, and Browns.

#17 Cleveland, Ohio

POPULATION: 2,062,669
STUDENTS: 126,468
RANKING DETAIL:
#17 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#13 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#11 CITY ACCESS
#7 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#10 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#20 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#14 LABOR FORCE
#13 INNOVATION
#3 RENT

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