Alexis Pepper. Writer. Foodie. Dog Lover.
Sometimes it can be difficult to move to a new area, let alone a new city. You're not yet familiar with the area, so you have no clue where to go to the grocery store, where to hangout, the best places to eat, or where to catch a matinee. If you were to ask any Clevelander their opinion on this great city, a lot of people will have mixed feelings. You'll receive some good reviews, even a few bad ones. One thing everyone would agree on, is the fact that many of us Clevelanders love our city. So, why should you move to Cleveland?
1. Cultural Diversity
The Greater Cleveland Area has more than 100 nationalities that make up our beautiful city. Every year, we celebrate all ethnic cultures during the annual One World Festival. This festival contains a Parade of Flags, tours of the gardens, a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens, cultural performances, food from many countries, and fun for the whole family.
2. Love For The Arts
Living in Cleveland gives you access to Playhouse Square. Playhouse Square is one of the largest performing arts center outside of New York City, which includes nine performance theaters. Over 100 concerts, plays and productions.
3. Quality Health Care
Cleveland is the home of nationally ranked hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. Cleveland Clinic Hospitals has been ranked as Top 4 hospitals in the country. It's infamously known for the first near-total face transplant and the discovery of an intestinal bacteria product that can predict heart disease. So, if you ever get hurt while living in Cleveland, you'll have access to the best care in the city.
4. Looking for Thrills? Try Cedar Point!
Looking for summertime fun? Try Cedar Point. Only an hour away, this 364- acre amusement park has over 18 roller coasters amongst other adrenaline rushing rides. The park is always open from the middle of spring, until the end of the fall season.
5. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
This exhibit is home to many artifacts and exhibits in honor of some of the best performers. Thousands of music fans flock to Cleveland every month to attend the special events and celebrate music. This famous building first opened in September 1995. Designed by a world renowned architect I. M. Pei, who also designed the Louvre Pyramid, located in Paris, France, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is one of the most precious landmarks in Cleveland!
6. Affordable Housing
The cost of living in Cleveland, Ohio is 12% below the national average. On average, a two bedroom apartment could cost anywhere between $600-$1200 a month. Median housing cost in Cleveland is 248% less than New York City, 225% less than Washington D.C., and 65% less than Chicago.
7. Undeniable Love For Our Home Teams
Being honest, we know we don't have the best sports teams, but that doesn't stop our sports arenas from filling up and cheering them on. The Cleveland Caveliers won the 2016 NBA Championship, breaking the "Cleveland Curse". However, the same year, The Cleveland Browns ended the season with a 1-15 record. Ehh, we love them anyway. Lol!
Cleveland is filled with TONS of foodies. From hand-crafted sandwiches, to cultural cuisines, Cleveland's food scene is one of our main attractions. When you come visit, try our famous Polish Boy. A Kielbasa topped with french fries, coleslaw and Barbeque sauce. Looking for a hearty sandwich? Head over to Slymans or Jack's Deli for corned beef piled high on rye bread with Swiss cheese and mustard to top it off. You can thank me later :) End your night off right with handmade ice cream from Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream Parlor.
You'll be sure to have a good time living in Cleveland. Besides all of the great things, there's also the "not so great" things. When considering moving to a new city, be sure to search its crime rate and educational systems. Every city has them, but be sure that you're comfortable wherever you go. Welcome to Cleveland!
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