LIVING HERE: Lake County
Holden Arboretum in Kirtland (Lake County)
Lake County, along the southern shore of Lake Erie and just east of Cuyahoga County, boasts 30 miles of shoreline and numerous parks and preserves. With its affordability and direct freeway access to downtown Cleveland, Lake County attracts everyone from young professionals and first-time homeowners to families and retirees.
• Population: 18,229
• Median Household Income: $52,255
• Median Home Value: $125,200
Less than 20 miles northeast of downtown Cleveland, along the shore of Lake Erie, residents enjoy the advantages of living in Lake County’s largest city. From lakefront parks and marinas to strong schools and a low crime rate, the appeal of Eastlake draws people of all ages and stages of life. For more information, contact City of Eastlake at 440.951.1400; eastlakeohio.com
• Population: 3,091
• Median Household Income: $53,950
• Median Home Value: $108,200
This picturesque harbor town perched on the bluffs above the mouth of the Grand River has long drawn visitors and residents seeking a home in the heart of Lake Erie’s boating and fishing culture. The town’s history as a working port, its beautiful lakefront recreational areas and its
welcoming European feel make this community ideal for anyone seeking laid-back coastal living. For more information, contact Village of Fairport Harbor at 440.352.3620; fairportharbor.org
• Population: 6,827
• Median Household Income: $88,537
• Median Home Value: $276,500
Kirtland evokes a quiet, small-town feel while offerings easy access to larger metropolitan areas. The natural beauty of the land, once dotted with dairies, orchards and potato farms, is preserved and celebrated at several parks and reservations, including the renowned Holden Arboretum. Kirtland is also the site of the first temple of the Latter-Day Saints, founded in 1836 by Joseph Smith. For more information, contact City of Kirtland at 440.256.3332; kirtlandohio.com.
Many residents in Mentor, and other communities in Lake County, enjoy homes with their own private beach.
• Population: 47,062
• Median Household Income: $69,069
• Median Home Value: $171,600
Lake County’s largest metropolitan area by far, the city of Mentor boasts more than 300 retailers and 170 restaurants, a large percentage of which are independently owned. Mentor is known for its lower crime rates, strong public schools, affordable housing and attractive neighborhood. It was also the home of James Garfield, 20th President of the United States. For more information, contact City of Mentor at 440.255.1100; cityofmentor.com.
• Population: 19,828
• Median Household Income: $48,222
• Median Home Value: $100,300
Approximately 30 miles east of Cleveland, Painesville is the county seat of Lake County and the site of many historic homes, churches and other buildings. This business- and industry-friendly city is also situated on the Grand River and is known as one of the best places east of the Mississippi to catch Steelhead trout! For more information, contact City of Painesville at 440.352.9301, painesville.com.
• Population: 12,736
• Median Household Income: $53,183
• Median Home Value: $142,861
First settled in the early 1800s, Wickliffe is now a city of more than 12,000 people on the western end of the county. It prides itself on being the “Gateway to Lake County.” For more information, contact City of Wickliffe at 440.943.7100; cityofwickliffe.com.
• Population: 22,860
• Median Household Income: $53,045
• Median Home Value: $156,065
Willoughby boasts lively restaurants and nightlife, as well as many parks and a year-round municipal golf course. It also holds the distinction of being the only town in America that has belonged, at one time or other, to six different counties, according to the city’s website. For more information, contact City of Willoughby at 440.951.2800; willoughbyohio.com.
• Population: 14,148
• Median Household Income: $53,926
• Median Home Value: $138,082
Living in Willowick offers residents a dense suburban feel, with ample bars, restaurants and shopping centers as well as plenty of parks and recreational facilities for families and seniors. For more information, contact City of Willowick at 440.585.3700; cityofwillowick.com.