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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Shaker Heights is a suburb of Cleveland with a population of 27,749. Shaker Heights is in Cuyahoga County and is one of the best places to live in Ohio. Living in Shaker Heights offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Shaker Heights there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Shaker Heights and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Shaker Heights are highly rated.
About Shaker Heights...
Population
27,749

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$218,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$988
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Shaker Heights 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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    17.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    121.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    838.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,293
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    175.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Shaker Heights

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$82,830
National
$55,322

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Shaker Heights Reviews

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I lived in Shaker Heights for around 8 years and I'm in my teens now. I look back on my time in Shaker pretty positively, however, having visited there multiple times in the past few years I've noticed some things I wasn't aware of before. While many of the houses are have gorgeous architecture and are generally appealing from the exterior, they usually tend to need work done due to their old age. There's also a big issue when it comes to property taxes; many people I know have lost large sums of money on their houses over time. I can't speak much about the education as I haven't been enrolled there for a matter of years, however, I recall feeling academically challenged. There are also a variety of language, advanced and IB courses at the high school. Relatively speaking, Shaker is diverse, but there is some subtle racism.
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I moved to Shaker Heights from another suburb when I was 10 with my mother and older sister. We moved due to a nasty divorce; our father was abusive, and our mother wanted my sister and me to grow up feeling safer than we did in our house. She bought a condo, settled us in to our new home, and we began making new memories. Each year in Shaker brings something new and exciting. From the daily peaceful sounds of birds chirping outside my window to the runners and walkers with dogs in tow, Shaker is home. Our lakes are serene, the wildlife is divine, and the people are as friendly as can be. The policemen are amiable and make the community feel secure and cared for. Of course every neighborhood has its pros and cons, but to me, there’s no better (or safer!) place than Shaker Heights.
The 3-star rating is only for those people who, for some reason, must live in the Cleveland area. (If comparing Shaker to suburbs in other parts of the county, it gets 1 or 2 stars. Do look into something called RITA before moving to Northeast Ohio). In Shaker's favor: a true neighborhood feel, with well-kept yards and houses. Much of the good feeling is blunted by insanely high property taxes. The schools are not nearly as good as they are purported to be. The housing inspections system is a joke, creating much fuss about cosmetic flaws but overlooking potentially deadly electric problems. We no longer live in that area and feel fortunate to have sold our house, even at a massive loss. Will never return. You have been warned.