If you’re planning a move to Cuyahoga County, you have a lot of decisions to make. You want to choose the community that best fits your lifestyle. There are 57 cities and towns in Cuyahoga County to choose from, so it can be difficult to see which city will be best for you and your family. We’ve compiled a list of Cuyahoga County’s top cities, towns, and villages, and gathered all the information you need to know about them to help you narrow it all down. Of course, every county has other types of communities, such as census-designated places, also known as CDPs. However, census-designated places are not incorporated, independent municipalities, so we will not be covering them in this guide since CDPs differ from entities like cities or towns because they are not independently governed. They are geographic entities designated for census-gathering purposes.
Cuyahoga County is located in northeastern Ohio along the southern shore of Lake Erie. Cleveland is the county seat and the second-largest city in the state. Cuyahoga is a Native American word meaning “crooked river.” Cuyahoga County was originally part of Geauga County, but the two were separated in the 1790s. Almost half of Cuyahoga County’s residents work in the service industries, including health care and communications. The county attracts visitors from all over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. Cuyahoga County also has teams in three major professional sports franchises: the Cleveland Browns the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cleveland Indians. Famous residents of Cuyahoga County include comedian Bob Hope, James Garfield, 20th President of the United States, and John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil.
Cuyahoga County has 57 incorporated entities (cities, towns, villages, or hamlets), and Cleveland is its largest. The county is diverse, with a demographic breakdown of 58.3% White, 29.2% Black or African American, 3.69% Hispanic, 3.29% Asian, and 2.47% mixed or other races. About 10.9% of Cuyahoga County’s population is foreign-born. The business in Cuyahoga County has been fairly steady over the last year, rising 0.356%. The largest industries in Cuyahoga County are health care & social assistance, manufacturing, and retail trade. Cuyahoga County communities are diverse and fit many lifestyles, including retirees, young families, singles, and professionals alike.
Median Age: 40 years
Median Household Income: $52,423
Median Price of Housing: $143,100
Area of County: 1,246 square miles
Population Density: 2,767.65 people per square mile
Educational Attainment: 89.8% of the population has a high school diploma or higher
Cities in Cuyahoga County
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Cleveland is located in northern Cuyahoga County along the southern shore of the Erie River.
Cleveland was founded in 1796 by General Moses Cleaveland, and the town was named after him. Due to its location on Lake Erie and the numerous railroad lines that connected it to other major cities, Cleveland became a major manufacturing center as well as a port city. Today, you’ll find many cultural institutions there, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland is known as “The Forest City” because it serves as the hub for the Cleveland Metroparks nature reserve system. Major league sports franchise the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cleveland Indians make their homes in Cleveland.
- Cleveland Population: 380,989
- Cleveland Area: 82.48 square miles
- Cleveland Median Age: 35.5 years
- Cleveland Median Household Income: $32,053
- Cleveland Median House Price: $71,100
- Cleveland Density: 4,901.51 people per square mile
- Cleveland City Map
2. Parma, OH
Parma is a suburb of Cleveland and is located 8 miles to the south of Cleveland. The area was first surveyed in 1806 and settled in 1816. Parma became a city in January 1961. Parma has two unique commercial districts: the Ukrainian Village and the Polish Village. You’ll find many unique, small family-owned businesses in these districts. Parma also has other large ethnic segments of its population, including Germans, Italians, Slovaks, and Irish. Parma has lots of bars, coffee shops, parks, and a good public school system. Many retirees live in Parma.
- Parma Population: 79,091
- Parma Area: 20.07 square miles
- Parma Median Age: 42 years
- Parma Median Household Income: $57,120
- Parma Median House Price: $115,500
- Parma Density: 3,901.05 people per square mile
- Parma City Map
3. Lakewood, OH
Lakewood was established in 1889 and is one of Cleveland’s historical streetcar suburbs. The city is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie on the west side of Cleveland. The population in Lakewood is young and diverse, and the city has a significant number of immigrants. Lakewood has a thriving nightlife with many taverns and bars to choose from. Music venues like The Foundry and the Phantasy Concert Club host nationally touring acts and some of the best local bands around. There is also no shortage of good restaurants in Lakewood. Lakewood Park features a massive playground and the swimming pool makes it a great place for families with kids. The park also has tennis courts, basketball courts, and a skate park for fun recreation.
- Lakewood Population: 50,259
- Lakewood Area: 6.70 square miles
- Lakewood Median Age: 34.7 years
- Lakewood Median Household Income: $53,290
- Lakewood Median House Price: $158,100
- Lakewood Density: 8,962.29 people per square mile
- Lakewood City Map
4. Euclid, OH
Euclid is a suburb on the east side of Cleveland that sits on the Erie River. Euclid got its name from the Greek mathematician Euclid. The city was first settled in 1796, became a township in 1809, a village in 1903, and finally, a city in 1930. Euclid has many parks that feature fishing, walking trails, golf, kids’ playgrounds, and dog parks. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is popular for cycling and hiking along the Ohio & Erie Canal Tow-Path Trail with scenic views of local wildlife, rolling hills, waterfalls, and steep, narrow ravines. The park also offers outdoor concerts and art exhibits throughout the year. Several public and private beaches are located in Euclid along the shore of Lake Erie. Although swimming is not permitted, you can walk along the shore and enjoy beautiful sunsets over Lake Erie.
- Euclid Population 47,159
- Euclid Area: 11.48 square miles
- Euclid Median Age: 41.2 years
- Euclid Median Household Income: $38,242
- Euclid Median House Price: $82,600
- Euclid Density: 4,370.89 people per square mile
- Euclid City Map
5. Strongsville, OH
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Strongsville is one of Cleveland’s largest suburbs, nicknamed the ‘Crossroads of the Nation’ because it is where the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) intersected with the Southwestern Electric Line that connected Cleveland and Wooster, Ohio until 1931 when the railroad ceased operations. Strongsville modernized the nickname because Interstate 71 and the Ohio Turnpike (I-80) intersect there. Strongsville began as a township in 1818 and wasn’t incorporated as a city until 1961. John D. Rockefeller’s family moved to Strongsville in 1853 when he was a child. Strongsville has nine city parks with baseball, soccer, and football fields, tennis and basketball courts, batting cages, playgrounds, picnic facilities, grills, pavilions, and walking trails. At the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation, you can fish, enjoy the picnic areas, or explore the trails. SouthPark Mall features over 1.6 million square feet of shopping and dining.
- Strongsville Population: 44,719
- Strongsville Area: 24.63 square miles
- Strongsville Median Age: 45.7 years
- Strongsville Median Household Income: $88,176
- Strongsville Median House Price: $206,300
- Strongsville Density: 1,813.83 people per square mile
- Strongsville Village Map
6. Cleveland Heights, OH
Like Lakewood, Cleveland Heights is a historical streetcar suburb of Cleveland. It was founded as a village in 1903 and incorporated in 1921. The city has a diverse population, many exceptional housing options, incredible shops and restaurants, and fabulous entertainment venues. With more than 500 independently-owned small businesses, including more than 50 restaurants for every palette, such as Vietnamese and Ethiopian, Cleveland Heights has something for every taste.
- Cleveland Heights Population: 44,571
- Cleveland Heights Area: 8.08 square miles
- Cleveland Heights Median Age: 35.2 years
- Cleveland Heights Median Household Income: $57,768
- Cleveland Heights Median House Price: $128,700
- Cleveland Heights Density: 5,607.92 people per square mile
- Cleveland Heights City Map
7. Westlake, OH
Twelve miles west of Cleveland lies the suburb of Westlake. The area was first settled in 1810 as part of Dover Township and split off to become Dover Village in 1913. The name was changed to Westlake in 1940 to avoid confusion with Dover, Ohio, which is located about 90 miles south of Westlake. In 1957, Westlake became a city. Westlake has several parks and nature preserves that provide residents with a wide range of outdoor activities. The Westlake Recreation Department has facilities for many sports and fitness activities as well as numerous leisure programs for adults and children. You can also visit and learn at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center or the NASA Glenn Research Center, or play 18 holes at Meadowood Golf Course.
- Westlake Population: 32,275
- Westlake Area: 15.94 square miles
- Westlake Median Age: 46.9 years
- Westlake Median Household Income: $86,008
- Westlake Median House Price: $258,600
- Westlake Density: 2,010.42 people per square mile
- Westlake City Map
8. North Olmsted, OH
Aaron Olmsted, a wealthy sea captain, purchased a large tract of land comprising North Olmsted in 1806. First called Plum Creek Township, the town underwent several name changes before it was established as North Olmsted in 1909 to honor Aaron Olmsted. The local bus line, which started in 1931, was one of the first municipal transit systems in the United States. The Unitarian Universalist Church in North Olmsted was part of the underground railroad where escaped slaves would hide in the belfry before escaping to Canada. North Olmsted’s historic district contains beautiful homes dating back to the first half of the 19th century. North Olmsted offers many activities for all ages at several recreational facilities and city parks, including the 40-acre North Olmsted Community Park and Springvale Golf Course and Ballroom.
- North Olmsted Population: 31,710
- North Olmsted Area: 11.67 square miles
- North Olmsted Median Age: 44.4 years
- North Olmsted Median Household Income: $64,236
- North Olmsted Median House Price: $156,400
- North Olmsted Density: 2,684.91 people per square mile
- North Olmsted City Map
9. North Royalton, OH
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North Royalton was founded in 1818 by settler Knight Sprague and was named after Sparaque’s hometown of Royalton, Vermont. Royalton became North Royalton between 1880 and 1890 because another town in Ohio had the name Royalton. North Royalton was incorporated in 1961. The city is located about 16 miles south of Cleveland. North Royalton is a mixture of rural farmland and bustling city life, featuring an excellent school system, plenty of recreational areas, including Aukerman Park, and 32 miles of trails, which are part of the Cleveland Metroparks’ All-Purpose-Trail. North Royalton also has a thriving business community.
- North Royalton Population: 30,252
- North Royalton Area: 21.42 square miles
- North Royalton Median Age: 43.6 years
- North Royalton Median Household Income: $70,665
- North Royalton Median House Price: $208,600
- North Royalton Density: 1,405.24 people per square mile
- North Royalton City Map
10. Garfield Heights, OH
The city of Garfield Heights is about 7 miles southeast of Cleveland. Moravian settlers, an ethnic group mainly of the Czech Republic, first arrived there in 1786. It was incorporated in 1904 as the Village of South Newburgh and renamed Garfield Heights Village in 1919 to honor Abram Garfield, one of the first settlers there and father of U.S. President James A. Garfield. Garfield Heights was incorporated as a city in 1930. Garfield Heights’ civic center complex includes The Dan Kostel Recreation Center, where residents enjoy an outdoor swimming pool in the summer and an indoor ice skating rink all year round. Garfield Park Reservation is a rich woodland area with picnic areas, a wetland, and many trails to explore. Garfield Heights is a great place to find work in the Cleveland area, offering many job opportunities.
- Garfield Heights Population: 27,814
- Garfield Heights Area: 7.29 square miles
- Garfield Heights Median Age: 39.3 years
- Garfield Heights Median Household Income: $43,971
- Garfield Heights Median House Price: $72,700
- Garfield Heights Density: 3,796.40 people per square mile
- Garfield Heights City Map
List of Cities in Cuyahoga County(Table)
Here is a complete list of cities in Cuyahoga County, sorted first by population, then other metrics from the US Census. Education Level is the % of the population that has finished high school. The Population Growth is from 2010 to 2019. If they exist, under Type, we have included cities, towns, villages, census designated places and more.
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Map of Cuyahoga County Cities
Cuyahoga County FAQ’s
Q: What’s the most affordable city in Cuyahoga County?
A: Of Cuyahoga County’s largest cities, Garfield Heights is the most affordable.
Q: How many cities are there in Cuyahoga County?
A: There are 57 incorporated cities, towns, villages, or hamlets in Cuyahoga County.
Q: What’s the most expensive city in Cuyahoga County?
A: Out of the top Cuyahoga County’s cities, Westlake is the most expensive.
Now that you’ve learned all about the top cities in Cuyahoga County, you can decide which one is right for you! When it comes time for you to relocate to Cuyahoga County, make sure you’re working with the top movers to help get you there. Summit Moving is the best professional moving company in all of Cuyahoga County. Call us today at 216-641-6677 to get a free quote!