For a guy that professes to dislike best city lists, I admit that I end up posting a lot more of them than I should but I guess I must still find them somehow informative. It’s not so much that I buy into the science of rating cities (which I definitely don’t) but they do offer a sense of how outsiders view our city and the cities around us. Part of me says “who cares” but there’s another part that says “pay attention” because they may contain some nuggets of insight. Either way you feel about lists, here’s one that appeared earlier this year rating the top suburbs in northeast Ohio. And the winner is…
Solon Takes No. 1 Spot In Suburb Rankings
The magazine has been ranking cities and towns across the region for 15 years.
“Since we’ve been doing this, the three major components of the ranking system have been safety, education and housing,” said Cleveland Magazine editor Steve Gleydura.
This year, there’s a new city on top, and the honor goes to Solon.
Jack Majewski calls Solon home sweet home and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“No, no, I’m not surprised. I’m from the area and I’ve been to different cities and it’s No. 1, No. 1 in my heart,” said Majewski.
Solon has consistently been in the top five but never before in the top spot. This year, its schools are ranked No. 2, it’s 39th in safety and the average price of a home is $310,000.
The rankings are bigger this year and the magazine has added 11 new suburbs, three of which cracked the top 20.
Chester Township came in at No. 12.
Real estate agent Susan Ruminiski has lived there for 30 years and thinks its homes, ranging in price from $150,000 to $800,000, are a great selling point.
“I think it’s great. Great place to live, close to everything, get anywhere you need to go. It’s got a great feeling. It’s a great community to live in,” Ruminiski said.
Here’s a list of the top 20 suburbs.
- Moreland Hills
- Mayfield Village
- Avon Lake
- Pepper Pike
- Highland Heights
- Orange Village
- Chester Township
- Concord Township
- Rocky River
- Chagrin Falls