Cleveland is the 16th largest metropolitan area and the 15th largest consumer market in the United States, with nearly 3 million residents in the Greater Cleveland metro area. With nearly 450,000 residents, the city of Cleveland is the 33rd largest city in the country. Approximately 170,000 students study at 24 colleges and universities in the Greater Cleveland area.
The Cleveland region is home to 80 ethnic groups that speak more than 60 languages. The mix of nationalities can be seen throughout the city’s neighborhoods, ethnic restaurants, more than 300 ethnic organizations and numerous festivals that continue to celebrate and preserve the cultures that make up our community. Cleveland also has an active Sister Cities
program, which includes: Alexandria, Egypt; Bangalore, India; Brasov, Romania; Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Cleveland County, England; Conakry, Guinea; Gdansk, Poland; Ibadan, Nigeria; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Segundo Montes, El Salvador; Taipei City, Taiwan; and Volgograd, Russia.
Northeast Ohio is a major regional center for economic and commercial activity and is served by diversified transportation facilities. There is immediate access to seven United States highways and nine interstate highways. The region is within a 500-mile radius of fifty percent of the U.S. population.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is regions the primary commercial airport and is the 36th busiest airport in the nation offering service from 11 different airlines. It is a hub for Continental Airlines and handles more than 2,200 flights each week to approxiamtely 80 destinations with more than 320 nonstop flights each day. Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), located just south of Cleveland, is the fastest growing airport in Ohio and has a variety of discount carriers that service most of the country. These carriers fly to nearly every major U.S. hub airport offering easy, one-stop service to Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing and multiple destinations throughout North and South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the Caribbean.
Cleveland has an excellent bus and rail mass transit system operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The rail transit system consists of two light rail lines, known as the Green and Blue Lines and a heavy rail line, the Red Line. RTA operates 108 bus routes from all over Cuyahoga County, as well as those from Lake, Summit and Portage Counties. National bus service is also provided by a downtown Greyhound station.
The weather in Cleveland follows the U.S. Midwest seasonal pattern, but is modified quite strongly by Lake Erie which counters the worst of the summer heat waves and makes for a milder winter season than in other northern cities. Humidity is low, which also contributes to making the summers more comfortable. Rainfall in Cleveland is moderate and fairly constant through the year, averaging about three inches (75mm) a month.
Business & Commerce
Cleveland is the corporate headquarters of many large companies such as American Greetings, National City Bank, Eaton Corporation, Forest City Enterprises, Sherwin-Williams, Progressive Insurance, and Key Corp., just to name a few. In addition, Jones Day, one of the largest law firms in the world, traces its origins to Cleveland and its Cleveland office remains the firm’s largest. NASA also maintains a facility in Cleveland, the Glenn Research Center.
Cleveland is home to a number of the nation’s top institutions providing health care, medical education, and medical research and technology. The Cleveland metropolitan area is served by 50 hospitals, of which, 23 are affiliated with medical schools, including the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The two major health systems, the world-famous Cleveland Clinic Health System and the University Hospitals Health System, account for the majority of the hospital market share and are also among Cleveland’s largest employers.
Comprised of an abundance of far reaching media outlets, Cleveland is the 16th largest media market in the United States. In print, Cleveland is served by The Plain Dealer
, a daily publication, as well as several alternative weekly publications. The television market is served by stations affiliated with major American networks including WKYC 3 (NBC), WEWS 5 (ABC), WJW 8 (FOX), WOIO 19 (CBS), WUAB 43 (MNTV), and WBNX 55 (CW). Cleveland is also served by WVPX 23 (i) and Spanish-language channel WQHS 61 (Univision), in addition to WVIZ 25 and WEAO 49 which are members of PBS. Over 35 AM and FM radio stations directly serve the Cleveland area and dozens of other stations are heard from elsewhere in Northeast Ohio.