Once again, this East Side suburb is the area's top-ranked school district. Add a top-10 median home price of $341,250, an active 2019 housing market and high diversity percentage and Solon is our No. 1 suburb for 2020.
2. Rocky River
A top five education rank and a 61.3% 10-year median home sale price increase helped last year's No. 4 suburb land once again in our top five.
Ranking third in education, this East Side suburb features a top-five median home sale price of $365,000 and a top-15 10-year median home sale price increase of 43.1%.
In addition to top 20 safety and education rankings, this West Side spot has low taxes and, with amenities such as Crocker Park, is a favorite among Cleveland's top earners.
5. Broadview Heights
The second safest suburb on our list boasts the area's sixth-best education ranking and public amenities such as a splash pad, recreation center and a 10-year median home sale price increase of 70.7%.
6. Chagrin Falls
With an adorable downtown surrounding a waterfall, this East Side suburb features a second-ranked median home sale price of $417,650, a top-five school district and a top-10 safety ranking.
Along with the second-best school district in the area and a top-15 safety ranking, more houses sold in this town of 22,287 than any other suburb in our top 20.
8. Bay Village
Last year's second best suburb is a walkable community tucked along the Lake Erie shoreline with a top-10 school district and a median home price of $285,000.
9. Highland Heights
This East Side suburb of just 8,396 ranks high in community services, median home sale price ($317,000) and 10-year median home sale price increase (42.4%).
10. Pepper Pike
One of Cleveland's safest suburbs sends its children to Orange City School District, which ranks No. 7 on our list.
11. Orange Village
Families hoping to send their children to Orange City School District can find slightly more affordable options with a median home price of $387,400.
12. Richfield Village
A former top finisher, this suburb pays the second lowest taxes in the top 20 while enjoying a high number of community services.
Ranking sixth in education and seventh in safety, Brecksville, which sends its children to Brecksville-Broadview Heights School district, also offers great access to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Metroparks.
14. Avon Lake
The fifth safest suburb on our list saw 310 houses sell in 2019, the 15th most in the area, and has the 11th best school district.
This suburb has a 10-year median home sale price increase of 49.4%, great access to I-77 and I-480, 91% sidewalk coverage and amenities of a suburb twice its size.
16. Moreland Hills
Last year's No. 1 suburb is the safest in Northeast Ohio and sends its children to the No. 7-ranked Orange City School District.
17. Mayfield Village
Easy access to I-271 or state Route 91 gives this East Side town with a top-20 education ranking one of the area's quickest average commutes.
18. Bath Township
Home to LeBron James' mansion, this Summit County spot cracked our top 20 list this year by ranking 11 in safety and ninth in education.
19. Hinckley Township
Cleveland's third-safest suburb also has the 13th best school district in the area, low taxes and a 100% owner occupancy rate.
The city with 2019's second-most home sales in the top 20 is also among the cities with the lowest taxes, boasts a top-15 school district and features a top-15 median home sale price of $315,000.
*For a full breakdown of our Rating the Suburbs statistics, pick up a copy of the June print issue on newsstands now. Click here to find out how we calculate our annual rankings.
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