The “Small Big City” that we call home
Did you know?
- Northeast Ohio is the 12th largest economic market in the United States.
- Cleveland is the 16th largest metro area in the U.S.
- Cleveland is the 15th largest consumer market in the U.S.
- 70% of Fortune 500 companies have a presence in Northeast Ohio.
- With central location to US and Canadian markets, strong transportation, logistics, plus two commercial airports, Northeast Ohio offers a significant advantage in supply chain and market access.
- Greater Cleveland metro area is home to 2.9 million residents.
- Cleveland is one of the Top 5 medical communities in the U.S., and home of the world-famous Cleveland Clinic.
- Cleveland is nicknamed “The Forest City” because it has more parks per square mile than any other major U.S. city.
- Invented here: the first gasoline powered automobile (1898), the modern golf ball (1899), the automatic windshield wiper, the traffic light, and the gas mask (the last two invented by African American inventor Garrett Morgan).
- Birthplace of John D. Rockefeller and Superman (created by Clevelander Jerry Siegel).
Businesses Love Cleveland
- More than 37% of Fortune 500 companies are present in Northeast Ohio, through corporate headquarters, major divisions, subsidiaries, and sales offices. In addition, more than 150 international companies have a presence here.
- Greater Cleveland is home to more than 700 biotechnology and biomedical companies with 230,000 employees.
- Northeast Ohio serves as the corporate headquarters of 25 Fortune 1000 firms, including Goodyear, Eaton Corp, First Energy, Progressive, Parker Hannafin, Sherwin Williams, TravelCenters of America, and KeyCorp.
- Cleveland is one of the world’s leading medical centers with more than 60 hospitals in the region. The health and medical field is the largest employer in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland is home to the Cleveland Clinic, one of America's Top 4 Hospitals and top ranked in the country for heart care, according to US News and World Report.
- The Cleveland region sits within 500 miles of 50 percent of the nation’s population and 60 percent of the country’s Fortune 500 companies.
- Engage! Cleveland connects, empowers and grows Cleveland's young professionals with 75+ Young Professional Organizations.
Cost of Living
Compared to Chicago, San Francisco and Manhattan, Cleveland is very affordable! Just look at the relative housing costs according to CNN Money.
University Circle is home to our school and university, and it is considered a world-class center for education, medicine and the arts. The Circle is the fastest growing region in Cleveland. Some Weatherhead students live in The Triangle Apartments or rent homes in the area. In approximately one square mile of space, University Circle includes some of the city's (and the world's) best cultural institutions. Cleveland's passion for the arts is evident in its recent ranking as fifth in arts attendance on a per capita basis, sandwiched between Boston and San Francisco.
To-Do in Cleveland
(BONUS: they're all free!)
The founding mantra of the Cleveland Museum of Art was “for the benefit of all the people forever.” In keeping with this philosophy, the museum offers free admission to its permanent collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art is just a few steps away from Weatherhead.
Whether you like to golf, hike, kayak, rock climb, camp, bike, swim, ski, sled or relax outdoors, the Cleveland Metroparks will surely impress you. Known as the Emerald Necklace, the Cleveland Metroparks covers over 22,000 acres in 17 reservations around the city of Cleveland. Various events, outdoor excursions, and educational programs take place every day.
Experience the sights and smells of the West Side Market
More than 100 vendors provide everything from fine meats to fresh seafood, vegetables, tasty baked goods and much more at the West Side Market. It is about a 20-minute drive from campus, but many RTA routes will get you there as well.
Tip: While one can enjoy the West Side Market by just walking through it, we encourage you to bring cash (not all vendors accept credit/debit cards). The apple fritters, fresh fruit and specialty spices are always a great buy and a sure bet!
Our zoo is widely considered one of the finest in the region and opens its doors for free to Cuyahoga County residents every Monday (Cleveland and most nearby suburbs are located in Cuyahoga County). The zoo is home to nearly 3,000 exotic animals representing 600 species from six continents. Top attractions include the African Elephant Crossing, the RainForest, and the Australian Adventure.
Lake Erie is the 10th largest lake in the world by surface area. Picnic at Edgewater Park or any of the many lakefront parks, take in a sunset out on Whiskey Island, or drive 30 minutes east to Mentor Headlands Beach to walk on the longest natural sand beach in the state.
Alongside being home to one of the nation’s top universities and the best college in Ohio, Cleveland is a big sports fan with professional basketball, football, and baseball teams playing in venues downtown. And each year during commencement, graduates and their families can see the Cleveland Marathon racing through the city.
Numerous other professional, amateur and leisure sports activities—from minor-league baseball and arena football to corporate softball and triathlons—are in play around Northeast Ohio at any moment, offering countless opportunities to watch, play, win or just catch some of the city’s energy.