Why Cleveland: Men’s Journal Names Cleveland “One of the Best Cities to Live”

This post is part of a regular series where we’ll spotlight reasons Why Cleveland is the best retirement option you’ve never thought of. From its rich arts and culture and vibrant restaurant scene, to its multiple recreational opportunities and world-class health care, learn Why Cleveland is both an exciting and surprisingly affordable choice for retirement!

Whether you enjoy museum hopping, catching an afternoon ball game, trail hiking, experiencing world-renowned plays and musicals or shopping farmers and flea markets, Cleveland is the place to be!

Without a doubt, Cleveland is full of renewed energy and charisma. Having just hosted the Republican National Convention, we received immense praise from national media for how great the city is.

Although, to be fair, we already knew that.

Men’s Journal calls it the “Rust Belt Revival” naming Cleveland one of the Best Cities in America to Live. The cost of living in Cleveland is 21% lower than the national average, making it a great and affordable place to live!

Downtown is now the home to the most full-time residents it has ever seen, with new apartments and condos opening every day, it seems.

Cleveland is blossoming into a city known for its culinary scene, arts and culture, music, and outdoor opportunities.

Food & Drinks

Downtown Cleveland OH

Foodies and beer-lovers know Cleveland as a culinary mecca.

World-famous Chefs Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer both own and operate restaurants in University Circle, Tremont, and on Cleveland’s iconic East 4th Street.  Chef Sawyer’s Animal Style Frites were named Food Network’s “Top 5 Bar Foods”.

The city also has pop-up food festivals throughout the year including,

  • Taste of Tremont
  • Feast of the Assumption
  • Berea’s National Rib Cook-off
  • Cleveland Pizza Festival
  • Parade the Circle
  • Warehouse District Street Festival
  • Great Lakes Burning River Fest

Great Lakes Brewing Company, Platform Beer Company, and Fat Head’s Brewery all serve award-winning beer both in their local breweries and around town. And if you have an extra hour or so to spare, Great Lakes Brewing Company in Ohio City gives tours for $5 on Fridays and Saturdays.


Rock Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame draws thousands each year to visit their glass-enclosed museum. The Hall of Fame recently added Rock Boxes along East 9th Street that periodically blast tunes from inductees of the Rock Hall.

Cleveland’s music scene jams year round. From Larchmere PorchFest in June, Ohio City Stages in July, and Brite Winter Festival in February, there is never a shortage of local tunes in the CLE.

Not to mention all of the great venues we have for visiting musical artists. Quicken Loans Arena, The Beachland Ballroom, Blossom Music Center, Agora Theater and Ballroom, House of Blues, and Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica are all either in the heart of Cleveland or within 20 minutes of the city.

Arts & Culture

Museum Natural History

Arts and culture find their home all over Cleveland, but especially on the east side in University Circle.

The Circle is packed full of countless opportunities to explore art, education, music, history, and botany including:

  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
  • Severance Hall- Home to the Cleveland Orchestra
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Cleveland Cultural Gardens
  • Wade Oval
  • Case Western Reserve University (learn about Judson’s partnership with Case)
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Cleveland Institute of Music


Cleveland metropraks

The city is buzzing with new life, a revitalized and redesigned Public Square now open, drawing locals and visitors downtown to enjoy the new green space.

The opportunities here are endless, and the Emerald Necklace, which encompasses all of the parkland that is maintained by the Cleveland Metroparks, is no exception.

Cleveland Metroparks have 19 reservations all over northeast Ohio, totaling over 23,000 acres. During warmer months, The Metroparks is a great place to go:

  • walking
  • running
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paddle boarding
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • golfing
  • horseback riding
  • fishing in the summer

Winter-time brings opportunities for:

  • sledding
  • tobogganing
  • snowshoeing
  • cross-country skiing

Wade Oval Wednesday is hosted at Wade Oval every Wednesday in the summer, beginning mid-June and going through the end of August. Wade Oval Wednesdays feature a free concert, food trucks, vendors, and myriad activities for all ages.

Edgewater LIVE is presented by the Cleveland Metroparks on Thursdays during the summer months at Edgewater Beach. Much like Wade Oval Wednesdays, it features a free concert, food trucks, as well as other entertainment – and yoga!

There are so many things to do in Cleveland, it’s no wonder we are one of the best cities to live in America!

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