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Old 06-18-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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There's a chance my husband will be accepting a job offer in Cleveland and we would be relocating from Michigan. I've been trying to do some research on safe, affordable, and family-friendly neighborhoods near Cleveland, but am at a loss. My husband's job will be closer to the Parma area, and we will be renting until he gets settled in. However, I would like to rent/stay within the same community so we don't have to uproot our children again.

We *think* we've narrowed down two potential locations - Parma and Medina. Which, in your opinion, is better for a young family?

Also, what is the job market like? The job market here in Mid-Michigan is terrible. Eventually I will need to go back to work and I have banking experience but am pursuing a degree in the healthcare field (billing/coding).

Thank you in advance!
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Beachwood, OH
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I don't know a ton about either (despite working near Parma), but my impression of this question, Parma or Medina, is that it's on par with which is better, Bud Light or Coors Light? That said, I know less about Medina than I do Parma, but I'd take the gamble and not live in Parma.

Job-wise, you should be in good shape. There are a number of large bank presences here and you have Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals as the big hospital presences. Seems like there are job postings fairly often so shouldn't be too bad finding something.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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Medina is more on the upswing; Parma is better connected to Cleveland.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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my impression of this question, Parma or Medina, is that it's on par with which is better, Bud Light or Coors Light?
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Both lame.

If forced, Parma. But I mean, like, foooorrrcceeeed.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:37 PM
 
Location: the Great Lakes states
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How about Lakewood?
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:59 PM
 
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What are you looking for in a neighborhood and how did you narrow your list to those two suburbs, if I may ask? Just curious because my impression is that they're actually really different from one another and you may actually have better options based on your preferences.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:28 AM
 
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Medina is traffic all the time. Like ALL the time (it grew way too fast) and you have to drive everywhere out is so spread out. Maybe nicer people though, and probably better for families but super boring for most. Parma is more blue collar, a helluva lot closer to Cleveland and has some decent nightlife. I would still pick Parma out of those two choices, but I have to echo the other two guys, why just those two places?
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Thanks for the feedback!

We have two small children so we're looking for an area with decent public schools. I've read on other forums that Medina has a good school system. We also want to live someplace that doesn't have a lot of crime and blight (we're coming from a Flint area suburb.... we've seen enough blight and crime-ridden areas to last us a lifetime). We like biking and spending time outdoors, so we would like to be near neighborhood parks. Basically, a neighborhood that is family friendly with some options as far as outdoor activities go. A sense of community is important, too. But, we don't want to live where people are like the pretentious, gossipy, keep up with the Jones' type.

Medina seems like it's a little more quieter than Parma. I like that it's close to both Cleveland and Akron, which gives me some options when I reenter the workforce.

We are thinking about Parma because it's within close proximity to where my husband will be working and apartment rent seems a little more affordable in that area. However, I can't seem to find any information on the school systems.

We're not much for nightlife anymore, so that's not really important to us.

So, anymore insight you can give would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 06-19-2013, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I would suggest Fairview Park. Fits all your criteria to a "T".
Great schools, good amenities (parks, rec center, library), borders Cleveland, no blight, and also borders the famous "Cleveland Metro Parks".
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