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Best Cities 2010: Cleveland, OH

City: Cleveland

State: Ohio

Best Cities Overall Rank: 74

About Cleveland:

Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (but all the little chicks with the crimson lips already know Cleveland rocks.)

Cleveland is one of best cities for health with three quality children's hospitals and two eminent pediatricians.

County: Cuyahoga

Population: 433,748

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Cleveland Plain Dealer 

Cleveland blogs:

Curious About George

2 Wired 2 Tired

I Heart Cleveland

Cleveland's Facebook page: Follow Cleveland on Facebook 

Cleveland's Twitter page: Follow Cleveland on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 38

High School graduation rate 2008: 53.7%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 4

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.92

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 5

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.15

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 269

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.1

Total Expenditures Per Student: $13,415

 

Health rank: 46

Quality children's hospitals: 3

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.69

Quality Pediatricians: 2

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.46

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.67

 

Safety rank: 55

Violent Crimes, 2008: 453

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 104.44

Sex Offenders: 2,593

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 597.81

 

Economy rank: 88           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 23.9             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10.3

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1441.72

Median Home Sale Price: $69,300                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -4.51%              

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 21.09%           

 

Recreation Rank:  91

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1490           

Parkland per 100,000: 343.52

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