Relocating to Ohio.. need help deciding on what area is best?
My husband's job is relocating us to Ohio. However, we do not know which town we are being relocated to. The Options for him to choose from are Cleveland, Medina, Canton, Marion, Toledo, and Warren as far as working in these towns. However it seems like we could live somewhere else and commute to wherever he gets stationed. Which of these towns are a definite yes or definite no? We are from a medium sized town. Definitely not used to a large city like Cleveland. However we both love getting out and seeing new things and adventuring. We like nature, photography, bike riding, dog walking, etc.
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
Cleveland is definitely the cultural center of Ohio, and one of the top cultural centers in the U.S. The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the best in the nation, the Cleveland Orchestra is one of the world's best, and the city's Playhouse Square theater complex is the second largest in the nation after NYC's Lincoln Center, featuring innovative performance spaces such as the Hanna and Allen Theatres.
Cleveland is the only city in Ohio with NBA, NFL and MLB franchises, all conveniently located in the city's compact downtown. Cincinnati has NFL and MLB franchises, also conveniently located downtown.
Cleveland (and Cuyahoga County) also has the state's best mass transit system with the state's only rail system. Check out "Things to Do" at tripadvisor.com for Cleveland and the other cities you're considering in Ohio.
Cleveland also is a foodie center featuring downtown entertainment/dining districts such as East 4th St. and the Warehouse District, locavore restaurants, and the West Side Market, one of the nation's best indoor public markets.
Northern Ohio also has the benefit of Lake Erie's recreational opportunities, from marinas to freshwater beaches. Check out Cedar Point and the Lake Erie islands (e.g., Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island and Kelleys Island).
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which heavily emphasizes bike trails and even has a railroad that transports bike riders, is located between Cleveland and Akron. Several very good Cleveland suburbs are located adjacent to the CVNP. Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio, just east of Cleveland, is one of the nation's best and largest. Check out the Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland's famed "Emerald Necklace," with its excellent bike trail system. Many other Ohio counties have superb metropark (county) systems, including Lake County just east of Cleveland which features one of the top-ranked farm parks in North America. The Cleveland Metroparks are actually the Cuyahoga County metropark system; the city of Cleveland has a population of only 400,000. Greater Cleveland is the state's largest metropolitan area.
Medina is a classic Western Reserve town, with a charming New England square and downtown area. However, it's not as close to Cleveland's other attractions. Several of Cleveland's suburbs in recent years have been ranked among the top 100 small cities in the U.S. by cnn.com, including Mentor, Solon, and Highland Heights. E.g., Mentor has several excellent nature preserves, the largest natural sand beach in Ohio, and its own marina.
You have to buy Cleveland Magazine's "Guide to the Suburbs" as it isn't available online.
If your husband has a sales job, would he be better served living in central Ohio? Columbus and Cincinnati also have some wonderful suburbs. Columbus, Ohio's largest city both in population and acres, has a very good bike trail system.
Personally, I would choose one of the Cleveland suburbs, but I greatly enjoy Cleveland's cultural amenities and Lake Erie attractions, from Maumee Bay to Presque Isle just west of Erie, PA. Given your interest in nature, photography, bike riding and dog walking, check out Kirtland, home of the Holden Arboretum, Lake Metroparks Farmpark and a couple other very good Lake Metroparks.
If you have children, definitely consider the quality of local schools, which can vary greatly.
Good luck with your choice!
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