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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Rocky River is a suburb of Cleveland with a population of 20,273. Rocky River is in Cuyahoga County and is one of the best places to live in Ohio. Living in Rocky River offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Rocky River there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Rocky River and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Rocky River are highly rated.
About Rocky River...
Population
20,273

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$223,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$862
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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Rocky River Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    14.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    44.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    271.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    4.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Rocky River

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$69,989
National
$55,322
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My childhood was shaped by Rocky River and it's an ideal place for children. I went to a Catholic grade school and currently am in a Catholic high school which has helped me develop my faith. It's provided me with great educational opportunities! The diversity is low and could easily be improved, but it is getting a little better. There is a lot to do for such a small town which makes it a fun place to live!
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Rocky River is a great city that once use to be filled with residents that have had generations live there, but now there is a younger family crowd starting to come in. This is great for the community to see how the city is changing with time because it is shifting from so called "old money only" to a younger, fresh crowd of residents. The public schools are awesome, nightlife is usually in Lakewood, Ohio, but there could always be more diversity. It is a predominately white middle to upper middle class, so there could more diversity with the new families and couples that are moving to the area.
Rocky River is an amazing place for people of all ages. The location of this town is exceptional, with being right on the lake, being 20 minutes from downtown and have the metroparks opposite the lake. With this comes endless coffee shops and restaurants, westgate mall, downtown river, and many parks and recreational centers as well. The schools are rated top in the state every year for its outstanding academic achievement and there is very little crime that takes place here. Although this town is not diverse at all, it is a very nice and secure town to live in, very friendly. Mostly Christian churches but many options religiously as well. Overall, I would not have wanted to live any where else during my childhood.