Why NEO?

For anyone that has never lived in or visited Northeast Ohio, you may be wondering what our region has to offer you. The simple answer: more than you can imagine!

While there are many factors to consider, below are just a few reasons people choose to call Northeast Ohio home:

Low Cost of Living:

Northeast Ohio offers a high quality of life at a low cost of living. On average, the cost of living in Northeast Ohio is 10 percent lower than the national average meaning that you can enjoy our region’s many amenities for less. Additionally, in a 2018 ranking compiled by MoneyRates.com, Ohio earned the #5 spot for best states to make a living.

Access to Jobs:

Home to global brands like Progressive Insurance, Nestlé, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Eaton Corporation and countless others, our region offers access to growing companies and job opportunities. In fact, a ranking from Glassdoor placed Cleveland at #8 on its list of best cities for jobs.

Short Commutes:

No one likes sitting in traffic. Luckily, Northeast Ohio is routinely cited as one of the best locations for commuters. A recent Forbes ranking placed Cleveland as the 11th best city for commuters in the nation, with an average commute of just 23 minutes.

Arts & Culture Galore:

If you are a lover of the arts, Northeast Ohio is the place for you. The region is home to University Circle, the most concentrated square mile of arts and cultural institutions in the country. This includes The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Children’s Museum and Severance Hall, the opulent home of the Cleveland Orchestra.

The Great Outdoors:

Stretching across 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of our region’s greatest treasures. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, or would prefer a ride along the Scenic Railroad, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers it all and is the perfect place for all nature-lovers.

Access to World-Class Healthcare:

Home to nationally ranked healthcare institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Akron’s Children’s Hospital and Summa Health System, patients from across the globe travel to Northeast Ohio to receive world-class care. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic was recently named the second-best hospital in the nation for the third consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. Luckily for Northeast Ohioans, these esteemed institutions are just a short drive away.


Northeast Ohio is home to more than 117 different ethnicities, making it a melting pot of people from all backgrounds. Each year, dozens of ethnic and cultural events take place across the region, giving residents an opportunity to explore and connect with people from diverse backgrounds. Learn more about the many ethnic and cultural events taking place in the region by visiting this Ethnic and Cultural Events Calendar.

Cleveland Plus proudly supports the many organizations that are dedicated to embracing NEO’s diversity, including
Cleveland PeopleThe Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, and Global Cleveland.

A Great Lake:

As the 11th largest lake in the world, Lake Erie is one of Northeast Ohio’s most prized assets. From Mentor Headlands State Park, to Euclid Beach, to Edgewater Park, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy our region’s Great Lake.

Want to learn more about living, working and playing in Northeast Ohio? Visit neorelocationguide.com


Team NEO
Team NEO

About Team NEO
Team NEO is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate, accelerates the impact of innovation in the region, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region.