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The Ultimate Guide to Living in Cleveland

Mover's Guide Mentor OH

Mentor, Ohio is a city in Lake County Ohio, near Painesville and Willoughby, and is only a short distance from the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area. Overall, Cleveland, Ohio is a remarkable city, offering its residents an abundance of attractions, coupled with a thriving and robust economy. Our storage facility located on Tyler Boulevard is a local storage option with the best value for self storage, and is in an ideal location to service Cleveland and its surrounding areas. Our low cost storage rentals can help you store your belongings safely and affordably.

We are proud to serve the area, and if you are planning a move to the Mentor OH, or living in Cleveland, Ohio or its surrounding neighborhoods, our self storage can help, offering Cleveland storage unit options at affordable prices. Read our definitive guide to living in Cleveland, Ohio today, and learn why “The Forest City” is one of the top destinations in the United States for new movers.

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Explore the Economy

Quick Facts

Total Population: 381,009

Median Home Value: $69,600

Median Household Income: $30,907

Economically, Cleveland, Ohio is a diverse market, based primarily off of healthcare, banking, finance, education, insurance, manufacturing, sports, and tech industries. Founded in 1796, the city ranks 31st in overall GDP, and fittingly the city is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Progressive Insurance, Sherwin-Williams, Parker Hannifin, Kay Corp, and Travel Centers of America. Previously tied to manufacturing, the Greater Cleveland area has since shifted to an economy of medicine and health, and its two largest employers currently are the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, two businesses responsible for a large portion of the city’s overall economy. Indeed, a Cleveland Clinic economic impact report in 2016 shows that the Cleveland Clinic has contributed $17.8 billion to the Ohio economy, and has supported more than 119,000 Ohio jobs. Similarly as impactful, UH’s 2016 economic impact report shows the organization contributes almost $8 billion to the regional economy, and more than $4 billion of labor income throughout Ohio.

Moving forward, Cleveland looks to continue its period of sustained economic growth, and health care is expected to continue to be a major driver for job growth to the city. In a recent economic outlook report, SHRM of Cleveland notes that from 2015 to 2025, the Cleveland area will generate 85,000 job openings in the health care industry, either through new positions or replacements. Additionally, the report notes that food production and the automotive industry will be large factors in Cleveland’s economic growth moving forward. In particular, Cleveland’s automotive sector should experience a revival, a change brought about by the Ford Motor Co.’s recent decision to shift production of its pickup trucks from Mexico to an existing plant in Avon Lake, a site located just west of Cleveland. Recently, Ford has invested $168 million to retool this facility, and the plant currently employs nearly 1,400 workers – This investment shows Cleveland’s automotive sector will be a large contributing factor to the city’s economic growth moving forward.

Are you a new mover looking at living in Cleveland, Ohio or the Mentor area this year? Be sure to consider the city’s thriving and growing economy prior to planning your visit.

Explore the Culture

Fittingly, Cleveland is designated as a “Gamma” – global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, a rating that speaks to the city’s high level of globalization, as well as its cultural significance in its numerous notable theatres, museums, and parks.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pictured above, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is one of Cleveland’s more prominent museums. Founded in 1983 by the founder and chairman of Atlantic Records, this museum documents the entire history of rock and roll through its collection of extensive exhibits, innovative programs and concerts. Divided into seven levels, the RRHOF contains exhibits detailing the history and roots of rock and roll, programs about soul and hip hop music, exhibits on cities that have had a major impact on rock and roll, and the final two levels of the museum are dedicated to large, temporary exhibits that have featured artists such as the Who, U2, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and the Grateful Dead. Ultimately the museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. Considering planning a visit? Be sure to check the RRHOF’s event calendar prior to purchasing your tickets!

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Equally as notable, Cleveland is host to the Cleveland Museum of Art (or CMA), one of the most visited art museums in the world. This museum is internationally renowned for its substantial holdings of Asian and Egyptian art, and its collections are divided into 16 departments, including Chinese Art, Modern European Art, African Art, Drawings, Prints, European Art, Textiles and Islamic Art, American Painting and Sculpture, Greek and Roman Art, Contemporary Art, Medieval Art, Decorative Art and Design, Pre-Columbian and Native North American Art, Japanese and Korean Art, Indian and Southeast Asian Art, and Photography. Significant museum works are represented by artists that include Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Matisse, and Monet, among others. Additionally, throughout the year this museum regularly schedules artist speaking engagements and seasonal exhibitions – Be sure to check the museum’s event calendar prior to planning your visit!

Are you a new mover looking at living in Cleveland, Ohio or the Mentor area this year? Be sure to check out some of the city’s notable cultural attractions when you visit this year!

Explore the Excitement

Cleveland is host to a number of live sports attractions, including 3 professional sports teams: the MLB’s Cleveland Indians, the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, and the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Of the aforementioned, perhaps the Cleveland Brown’s hold the most significance to the city, winning eight titles for Cleveland during a short period of time – 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955, and 1964. Playing at FirstEnergy Stadium in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, the Cleveland Browns have been a consistent staple of the Cleveland community for nearly a century, and although the team was briefly moved to Baltimore in 1996, the team was returned to the city soon after in 1999, and will be a continued source of pride to the city for years to come.

Additionally, outside of the Cleveland Browns, the city’s Cleveland Cavaliers have enjoyed a degree of success as of late. Readers should be familiar with the team’s hometown hero, Lebron James, an NBA superstar from nearby Akron, Ohio who has been successful in revitalizing the city’s NBA franchise. Indeed, under Lebron’s leadership, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the Eastern Conference in 2007, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the team was successful in winning their first and only NBA championship in 2016. Following their Finals win an estimated 1.3 million residents attended the team’s championship parade – It is clear that this NBA franchise has been fully embraced by the Cleveland community.

Are you a new mover looking at living in Cleveland, Ohio or the Mentor area this year? Be sure to attend one of city’s numerous professional sports teams this year when you visit the city.

Explore the Cuisine

Previously discussed, Cleveland has been noted as a city that exemplifies high levels of globalization, and this quality is a defining characteristic of the city’s culinary scene, as the city features a number of diverse, innovative, and widely celebrated restaurants. We’ve gathered a list of a few of our Cleveland favorites – Consider visiting one of these spots if you are ever in the Cleveland area.

  • Slyman’s Restaurant and Deli – Home of the “Biggest and Best Corned Beef” in the greater Cleveland Metropolitan area, Slyman’s originally opened in 1964, and has become a beloved Cleveland staple for residents in search of Cleveland’s best corned beef sandwich. Get a Pastrami melt on wheat, with a shot of corned beef, and you’ll never forget your first time at this Cleveland staple.
  • Melt Bar and Grilled – Melt Bar & Grilled specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and its food has been featured in major publications within the US, including Esquire Magazine, and USA Today. Additionally, this Cleveland institution has been featured on several food-theme television shows, such as The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and the widely popular Man v. Food on the Travel Channel.
  • EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute – This upscale dining spot boasts high-end French plates including meat & seafood options with upscale drinks served amid luxe décor. An ideal dinner spot for a romantic date night, or a celebration or wedding event.
  • Sokolowski’s University Inn – Family owned and operated since 1923, Sokolowski’s specializes in delicious Polish and Eastern European cuisine. Overlooking the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland skyline, this James Beard Foundation “American Classics” Award-winning restaurant is a must-visit for locals and visitors alike.
  • Pier W – A modern, upscale restaurant that features Contemporary American cuisine, Pier W is frequently listed as the best seafood restaurant in Cleveland. Additionally, this Cleveland institution features an exhaustive and celebrated wine list, notedly receiving Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator for over 13 years.
  • Happy Dog – This eclectic and innovative restaurant offers pub-style food with creative toppings, and is known for its various live shows featuring local Cleveland artists. Choose from an impressive list of daring toppings that include Fruit Loops, Spaghetti-O’s, and Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Alternatively, beyond the city’s celebrated restaurant scene, Cleveland is host to a number of innovative and exciting new breweries and brewpubs such as:

  • Market Garden Brewery – An American gastropub with a patio, house beers, a distillery and a menu of creative sandwiches & tacos. Founded in 2011, this brewery’s Lemon Shandy was recently listed as one of the “Best Beers of 2020” by the society and culture website, VinePair.
  • Noble Beast Brewing Co. – A small family run brewery located in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, Noble Beast Brewing features a lively mix of traditional and experimental beers, and a seasonal and elevated, locally-sourced menu with sandwiches and salads.
  • Fat Heads Brewery – An industrial-style brewery founded in 1992, Fat Heads Brewery owns and operated 4 brewpubs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the brewery is known for its excellent selection of seasonal craft beers, as well as its restaurant featuring affordable pub-fare style options.
  • Forest City Brewery – An old school microbrewery located in a historic 100 year-old building, this brewery features an excellent beer garden that features live events such as musical performances, and poetry readings.

Are you a new mover looking at living in Cleveland, Ohio or the Mentor area this year? Be sure to take some time to visit one of the city’s many acclaimed restaurants or breweries this year.

Storage Sense in Mentor, Ohio

As seen, Cleveland is a remarkedly diverse city, with an abundance of economic opportunity, and a variety of attractions, events, and celebrated culinary stops sure to please any resident or visitor. So, now that you’ve read our definitive Cleveland city-guide, are you considering making a move and living in Cleveland or its surrounding area? Look no further than Storage Sense in Mentor, Ohio.

Mentor OH is a short 30 minute drive from downtown Cleveland. Our storage units are helpful for all our residents along the way in East Cleveland, Bratenahl, Willowick, and Eastlake. Storage Sense in Mentor OH is your definitive stop for affordable Cleveland storage options. Our contactless storage rentals make it easy to find storage near you and start storing today. Whether looking for drive up self storage units in Mentor or interior storage units near Cleveland OH, our Tyler Boulevard storage facility can help. Come rent with us today, and learn why you should consider living in Cleveland this year!

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