Cleveland is a large industrial city of almost 400,000 on the eastern shore of Lake Erie. The birthplace of Standard Oil, the city proper has struggled in recent years with the housing market and the U.S. economy, but for the past several years the city has been going through a renaissance with new downtown restaurants, museums, and shops. The Downtown Civic Center is home to The Renaissance Hotel, a shopping mall, movie theater, casino, and the Ritz Carlton. The PlayhouseSquare and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are also two major attractions. Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve are located here making it a college town. And the Cleveland Clinic has a major presence with several medical centers.
The city itself is a tough place for retirement with high crime and foreclosure rates, but there are places in the City and the Metro that many who have lived in this area might like for retirement. There are some pretty beaches and pastoral or suburban towns in the area. Some of those include Chagrin Falls, Lakewood, Aurora, Avon Lake, and several communities along Lake Erie. Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo of Cleveland skyline and Museum of Rock and Roll courtesy of Wikipedia and Burtcbl; picture of Cleveland Museum of Art- Lagoon View courtesy of Wikipedia and Daderot; picture of Historic Westside Market courtesy of Wikipedia and Columbusite.