Best Suburb


It's easy to overlook Euclid. It doesn't have the wealth of Westlake or the horsey charm of Chagrin Falls. Even among the older established suburbs, it tends to be overshadowed by the tonier Shaker and Cleveland Heights or even Lakewood, mecca of the post-collegiate crowd. Yet the conventional wisdom is unfair to this East Side gem. When it's not rush hour, Euclid is just 10 minutes from downtown and even closer to University Circle; it has decent schools and good Lake Erie access. It's also diverse, with about 31 percent of its population African American. Best of all, Euclid is affordable. Taxes are significantly lower than in other inner-ring suburbs, and the average home price in 2001 was just $95,000. Considering everything else Euclid has going for it, that's a real bargain.