Greater Cleveland metro area population: 2.9 million. It is the 15th largest consumer market in the U.S.

City population: 478,400, the nation’s 30th largest city.

Median household income: $35,895

Median home price: $105,790

Colleges, universities and professional schools within 30 miles: 21

Number of housing units downtown: 5,100 exist, are planned or are under construction.

Downtown units for sale: 400; units for rent: 4,700.

Downtown visitors annually: 15.8 million

2007 northeast Ohio employment: 2.5 million workers.

Nicknames: The Cleve, America’s North Coast, Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World, C-Town.

Films made in Cleveland: “The Deer Hunter,” “A Christmas Story,” “Men in Black,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” “Major League,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Air Force One,” “Spider-Man 3.”

Major businesses with headquarters in Cleveland:

IMG, The Cleveland Clinic, Parker-Hannifin Corp., Sherwin-Williams Co., KeyCorp, American Greeting Cards.

Famous Clevelanders: John D. Rockefeller, George Steinbrenner 3rd, Bob Hope, Paul Newman, Halle Berry, Phil Donahue, Don King, Henry Mancini, Toni Morrison, rock star Joe Walsh, James A. Garfield, football player and coach John Heisman, Langston Hughes, Jesse Owens, Henry Sherwin of Sherwin-Williams Paint, first African-American mayor Carl Stokes, Cy Young, architect Philip Johnson, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio), Elliot Ness (who became Cleveland director of public safety), Joel Grey, Drew Carey, LeBron James, Ruby Dee and Archibald Willard, painter of “Spirit of ’76.”

Cleveland Firsts: First Indoor shopping center, The Arcade, 1890; LifeSavers candy, created by Clarence Crane, 1891; first gas mask, created by Garret A. Morgan, 1916; first automatic windshield wiper, created by Fred & William H. Folberth, 1921; Superman, created by Clevelanders Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, 1933; phrase “rock ‘n’ roll,” created by Clevelander Alan Freed, 1952.

This story first appeared in the May 22, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Sources:,, (Greater Convention and Visitors Bureau) Downtown Cleveland Partnership,,,,

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