Why Cleveland?

Why Cleveland?

Currently experiencing a revitalization fueled by nearly $20 billion of public and private investment, Cleveland’s economic environment builds on the city’s entrepreneurial heritage and its renowned healthcare community.

  • 109,000 companies operate across diverse and growing industries, including healthcare, advanced manufacturing and technology.
  • Led by Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, healthcare represents one of the largest economic sectors at 8.5% of the region’s employment.
  • 700 biomedical companies represent a $5.6 billion sector of our gross regional product.
  • By 2025, manufacturing is projected to represent 22% of the region’s economy.
  • Northeast Ohio has the fifth fastest growing population of workers with advanced degrees.

From renowned cultural institutions to vibrant neighborhoods, inspired food and beverage offerings, action-packed sports and indie shops and art galleries, engaging experiences can be found around almost every corner in Cleveland.

Located on the southern shore of the shallowest and warmest of the Great Lakes, Cleveland’s residents are surrounded by nature – both in the city’s center and in its suburbs. With 55,000 acres of parkland between the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the region’s metro park system, affectionately known as the “Emerald Necklace,” opportunities abound for urban outdoor adventure or quieter communing with nature.



University Circle

Adjacent to Cleveland Clinic's campus is University Circle, the center of Cleveland's cultural life. Encompassing 525 acres, the University Circle area contains the greatest concentration of museums, cultural activities and churches in the United States.

Cleveland Museum of Art

This area also features the Cleveland Museum of Art, which houses one of the most highly acclaimed art collections in the world and several other museums.

Cleveland Orchestra

The internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra plays at Severance Hall during the fall, winter and spring and at Blossom Music Center, an outdoor amphitheater, during the summer.

Performing Arts

Visitors can follow the massive, outdoor chandelier to Playhouse Square, the city’s home base for performing arts. Illuminated marquees and opulent theaters, including five restored to their grand 1920s splendor, welcome guests to the largest performing arts center outside of New York City. The center is home to a number of performing companies including The Cleveland Playhouse and Great Lakes Theater Festival (where Tom Hanks got his start). Cleveland is also home to Karamu House, the nation’s oldest producing Black theatre.

The Outdoors

The Outdoors

Cleveland Metroparks & Cuyahoga Valley National Park

With Lake Erie in its front yard and a National Park in its backyard, residents and visitors to Cleveland can easily escape the hustle and bustle of city life. From watersports to hiking and biking, opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors can be found in the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the 23,000 acres of the Cleveland Metroparks and along the shore of the Lake Erie and the banks of the Cuyahoga River.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Explore a beautifully landscaped Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, just minutes from downtown Cleveland and the airport with nearly 3,000 animals from around the world.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden is home to 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens and an 18,000-square-foot glasshouse featuring a Costa Rican rainforest full of lush plants, butterflies and birds, as well as to the spiny desert of Madagascar, where prickly plants, out-of-the-ordinary blooms and wonderfully weird plants and animals.



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Located downtown on the bank of Lake Erie, Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes and archives the history of many of rock music's best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures.

Great Lakes Science Center

Featuring hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibitions, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the steamship William G. Mather, Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. The Museum features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna.

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Founded in 1968, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), a leading force in the cultural life of Northeast Ohio, is recognized nationally and internationally for its vital and creative exhibitions and public programs.



Northeast Ohio is home to 25 accredited colleges and universities, giving the region a wealth of talent to draw from to support its diverse industries. The region’s institutions include:

Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace is an independent, liberal arts and sciences university located just south of the Cleveland airport in Berea. Recognized for several of its programs, the university’s Conservatory of Music is nationally acclaimed. BW Conservatory alumni can be found across the U.S. in lead roles on Broadway, television and film, as well as in guest artist roles and esteemed positions with distinguished opera companies, orchestras and arts organizations.

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve, a leader among independent research universities, offers world-class academic programs in Cleveland's culturally vibrant University Circle.

Cleveland Institute of Art

The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. For more than 130 years, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University provides a contemporary and accessible education in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions, and conducting research, scholarship and creative activity across these branches of knowledge.



From ethnic eateries to indie art galleries, Cleveland’s diverse neighborhoods – both in the city proper and in its suburban communities – offer myriad ways for visitors to get the authentic Cleveland experience.

Downtown Cleveland

As Ohio’s largest residential city center and central business district, Downtown Cleveland's big city amenities are built within the fabric of a close-knit community. Comprised of nine districts, the neighborhood is home to more than 100,000 jobs and approaching 20,000 residents. Its walkable streets, dynamic waterfronts and authentic culture complement the city’s well preserved architecture and modern facades. All three of the city’s professional sports teams – the Browns, Cavs and Indians – play their home games in stadiums located throughout downtown, and entertainment options abound, from the JACK Cleveland Casino to the House of Blues to improv comedy at Pickwick & Frolic.

Ohio City

One of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods, and perhaps its most ethnically diverse, Ohio City is a culturally rich community with an eclectic offering of restaurants and nightlife, along with the culinary diversity of the West Side Market, a landmark in this West Side neighborhood. From pierogi to falafel, no place in Cleveland combines more cultures under one roof. There are more than 180 vendors offering ethnic delicacies and an amazing variety of fresh bakery, produce, dairy products, meats and seafood.


Cedar-Fairmount is the Gateway to Cleveland Heights. The business district is situated in a three block area at the top of Cedar Hill. Conveniently located near downtown Cleveland, it is only minutes from Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and University Circle. Along with beautiful architecture, green space and accessibility, Cedar Fairmount offers over 100 businesses, services, professionals and restaurants that are individually owned. These unique services include award winning restaurants, coffee houses, European style bakeries and specialty foods.

The Flats

The Flats enjoys a rich history that began in the late 18th century. The area has undergone a stunning transformation from a manufacturing and distribution center to a unique district that attracts more than seven million visitors to the east and west banks of the Cuyahoga River. Excellent entertainment and nightlife now line the river, highlighted by two outdoor concert venues: The Time Warner Amphitheater and Nautica Pavillion.

Gateway District and East 4th Street

The historic Gateway District offers great entertainment, retail stores, attractive lodgings, wonderful dining and nightlife. Progressive Field, home of major league baseball’s Cleveland Indians, and Quicken Loans Arena, home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, are both located in this revitalized area of the city. In addition, Quicken Loans Arena features numerous concerts throughout the year and is also home to the Lake Erie Monsters hockey team and Cleveland Gladiators arena football team. East 4th Street is the latest in numerous reinvestments into the downtown area, featuring numerous restaurants, including those from nationally recognized chefs like Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer, and ample nightlife nightlife choices that includes an improv comedy club and the House of Blues. Also located in the nearby North Cost Harbor are the Cleveland Browns Stadium and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The latest addition to downtown is the JACK Cleveland Casino, complete with upscale dining options, including Iron Chef Michael Symon’s B Spot Burgers.

Little Italy

Little Italy is located at the base of Murray Hill, between University Circle and Cleveland Heights. It provides many of the city’s well-liked Italian restaurants and serves as the center of Italian culture in Greater Cleveland. Its unique mix of galleries, restaurants and bakeries makes it one of Cleveland’s most popular locations. Little Italy is home to many private art galleries and two private schools. It is also within walking distance of Case Western Reserve University, the notable Wade Oval Museums and University Hospitals of Cleveland. During the second weekend of August, the streets of Little Italy are packed with Italian food vendors, rides and a parade celebrating the Feast of the Assumption Festival.


Tremont’s architectural gems demonstrate its rich cultural heritage. Located on the ridge directly above “The Flats,” Tremont offers fine dining, charming shops and an excellent view of downtown Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River. The area has become a favored site for artists’ studios and galleries. It is also one of Greater Cleveland’s prime destinations for dining and entertainment.

Warehouse District

The Historic Warehouse District has emerged as downtown Cleveland’s premier residential and commercial area. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1982, The Warehouse District is home to a unique mix of restaurants, galleries, shops, businesses and nightclubs. Many of the old warehouses have now been transformed into loft-style condos and apartments. The District encompasses 43 acres and contains more than 70 original structures.