Magazine Ranks Top Cleveland Suburbs

CLEVELAND – Crime, education and housing. Sure, it takes more to make a great suburb, but those are the biggies, and they're the main ingredients of Cleveland Magazine's ranking of the top 15 suburbs, Action News reported.

Most of the magazine's top suburbs are on the east side of Cleveland, but Rocky River, Westlake, Strongsville and Brecksville to the west and the south were all high on the list.

Shaker Heights ranked high in all categories, including racial diversity. Broadview Heights, Solon and Aurora also got similar high marks.

The top three suburbs were all on the east side.

Pepper Pike, the community that got the highest marks for safety in the Greater Cleveland area, ranked third.

Moreland Hills came in at number two overall. That high ranking does come with a price, however. Moreland Hills was found to have the most expensive homes -- the median home price is more than $387,000, but home values go up fastest there.

You'll have a longer drive to get to the top-ranking suburb on the list -- Hudson.

Despite being a hefty 45-minute commute into Downtown Cleveland, Hudson topped the charts behind its high ranking for schools. The magazine ranked Hudson as having the best schools in the area.

Cleveland Magazine rated 65 suburbs in Greater Cleveland. The magazine ranked the communities by the amount of crime, home values and appreciation, taxes and quality of schools.

To find out where your town ranked, you have to buy the magazine because details are not listed on their Web site (link located near the top-right corner of this page). Their Web site does, however, have some information on how the magazine's staff determined the rankings.