Cleveland, Ohio is a city located in Northeast Ohio. It is the second-largest city in Ohio (behind Columbus), and is the county seat and hub of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state. Lake Erie borders Cleveland to the north.
According to U.S. census figures, Cleveland had a 2018 estimated population of 383,793, making it the 52nd largest city in the United States. The Cleveland-Elyria metropolitan statistical area, which includes Cleveland as well as its suburbs and other nearby cities, had an estimated population of 2,057,009, which ranks the Cleveland area at 31st among the largest metro areas in the country.
Cleveland was founded in 1796, when the Connecticut Land Company, which had purchased the area known as the Connecticut Western Reserve, first surveyed the area. (The Connecticut Western Reserve was originally undeveloped western land owned by the state of Connecticut.) Moses Cleaveland was an investor in the company and led the initial survey. The original village of Cleaveland was named after Moses (who never returned to Cleveland after this initial visit).
The reason for the change to the current spelling of “Cleveland” is not completely clear — one account says there was a misspelling of Moses Cleaveland’s name on the original map, another states that an early newspaper dropped the first “a” in the name in order to fit the name in its masthead.
Cleveland’s major daily newspaper is The Plain Dealer, which posts most of its stories online via the Cleveland.com Website.
Cleveland is home to multiple professional sports teams, including the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball, and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. Cleveland is also home to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, a minor league team affiliated with the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets. The Cavaliers won the NBA Championship in June of 2016.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a major attraction for visitors to Cleveland.
Cleveland’s University Circle is home to many of its major museums and attractions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Severance Hall (home to the Cleveland Orchestra), the Western Reserve Historical Society, and more. Case Western Reserve University is also located in this area.
Cleveland is home to one of the country’s 12 Federal Reserve Banks, part of the central banking system of the United States. (Cleveland is in District 4 of the Federal Reserve system.)
The official Web site for the city of Cleveland can be found at http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/.
Radio-Locator.com offers a list of radio stations in Cleveland as well as those a bit further out but still able to be heard in the area.
Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention in July of 2016.