1. Rocky River
Our No. 2 suburb last year, Rocky River takes the crown this year on the back of strong education (No. 5 in our school rankings) and a 77.6% increase in home sale price over the past 10 years. This suburb’s prime lakefront location combined with easy access to downtown (along with having a bustling downtown of its own) makes it the premier suburb in Cleveland. Read More >>
2. Richfield Village
The safest suburb in our list, it’s no surprise Richfield Village jumped 10 spots in this year’s list compared to last year. Combine that with a booming housing market and the lowest property taxes ($1,640) in the top 20 and you’ll see why this rural suburb is near the top of our list. Read More >>
Like Richfield Village, Brecksville jumps 10 places in the list, thanks in large part to education and safety rankings in the top 10. With a 48.3% increase in its 10-year home sale price and a modest $2,400 property tax, this suburb is one on the rise.
There are only so many certainties in life: death, taxes and the Solon City School District nabbing the No. 1 education ranking. The second-most diverse suburb in our top 20 with the third most home sales in 2020 also boasts a 34.2% 10-year home sale price increase. Solon continues to be one of the best places to live in the area.
Westlake offers affordable property taxes ($2,080) along with a 44.7% 10-year home sale price increase. Combine that with the glitz of Crocker Park and 100% of the streets being walkable and it’s no surprise Westlake closes out our top 5 suburbs.
6. Avon Lake
With a No. 4 safety ranking and No. 8 education ranking, Avon Lake is the best of both worlds. Avon Lake’s lakefront lifestyle has it on the rise as well, as it had the second-highest number of home sales in 2020 (446) along with one of the lowest median home prices ($271,500) in our top 20. This small, quaint West Side suburb makes the most of its lakefront border, with Veterans Park standing out for its picturesque lakefront views. Read More >>
7. Chagrin Falls
Come for the cute and compact downtown, stay for the stellar school system (No. 4 on our list) and small, safe community (No. 15 on our list). With the Chagrin Falls waterfall serving as the village backdrop, this suburb looks like something you’d see on a post card.
8. Bay Village
The No. 7 school district in our education ranking, this walkable community is a hometown where people stay to raise a family. With more than a third of the homes built before 1950, this community, which clocks in with a $262,740 median home sale price, is filled with character. Read More >>
9. Pepper Pike
This small community of 6,269 is a suburb filled with people connected to their community, with 98.4% residents owning the housing they live in. With an easy commute, a funnel system into the Orange City School District and top 10 housing and safety numbers, this East Side suburb is the complete package.
10. Bath Township
Housing values in this southern suburb are improving each year. With a $385,000 median home sale price and 70.4% 10-year home sale price increase and one of the lowest property taxes ($2,010) in the top 20, Bath Township has cracked our top 10. Read More >>
This suburb on Lorain County’s border is the perfect quiet community for families. With affordable property taxes in our top 20 ($2,100) along with a strong school system (No. 12 on our list), Avon is the perfect suburb for those looking for a place with a small-town feel.
The second-best school system of our suburbs, Beachwood’s walkability (90% of roads with sidewalks) and diversity (29.7%, the highest in the top 20) propel it into our top 15. With Beachwood Place Mall and Lyndhurst’s Legacy Village nearby, there’s always something to do in this bustling suburb.
13. Orange Village
Another community that funnels into the Orange City School District, this suburb boasts the No. 6 school system in our rankings along with a $301,950 median home sale price. It’s also home to Pinecrest, a 58-acre mixed-use development that has everything from luxury apartments to national retail brands and office space.
Another community built on the back of its strong school system, Hudson boasts the No. 3 school system in our rankings. Combine that with one of the lowest property taxes ($1,920) in our top 20 and it’s no surprise Hudson sold the sixth most homes of any suburb in our top 20. With a downtown that continues to grow, this Summit County suburb offers the perfect mixture of historic charm combined with modern amenities.
15. Broadview Heights
Good schools (No. 10 in our ranking) and safety (No. 11 in our ranking) help Broadview Heights stand out amongst other suburbs. With a new, state-of-the-art community and recreation center that appeals to residents of all ages, this suburb is perfect for anyone who never wants to get bored. Read More >>
16. Moreland Hills
This affluent suburb finished with the No. 5 safety rank and the No. 6 education ranking, proving once again it’s the best of both worlds. Seventy-nine people moved into this community of 3,306 residents. Despite being the second smallest suburb in our top 20, this community has plenty to offer, including incredible access to nature and a quaint downtown. Read More >>
17. Highland Heights
This small community of 8,390 has a median home price of $252,000. A funnel city into the Mayfield City School District, this airport-adjacent suburb has some of the area’s shiniest homes.
18. Hinckley Township
With the second-lowest property taxes ($1,720) in the top 20, it’s no wonder 98.1% of the residents in this suburb own where they live. One hundred and fourteen people bought homes in Hinckley last year with the community’s median home price coming in at $371,250. Every March 15, countless buzzards flock to this suburb on their migration pattern; residents of this suburb have aptly named it “Buzzard Day.”
The only unranked suburb from last year to break into the top 20, Mentor’s not only one of the biggest area suburbs, but also now one of the best. With a population of 47,096, it’s the largest suburb in the top 20. With affordable property tax ($1,840) and housing ($214,500), it should continue to grow. The area’s largest suburb by 26 miles, it’s a hub of businesses, schools and factories.
A community made of many second- and-third generation residents, Independence is a close-knit community that provides big city amenities in a small package. With the fourth-shortest average commute time in our top 20 and a median home sale price of $255,000, this centrally located suburb is the perfect place to set up a home base. Read More >>
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