Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio ("NEO"), USA, is usually defined as the 13-county region, with a population of more than 4 million (according to 2000 US Census Bureau), surrounding the Greater Cleveland Area and including the mid-sized cities of Akron, Canton and Youngstown. The Combined Statistical Area of Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, with a population of 3 million, is the 14th largest Combined Metropolitan Area in the United States. The metropolitan hub of the region, Greater Cleveland, is the five-county Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA accounting for nearly 50% of the NEO population.


Northeast Ohio is defined within the region as including 13 counties including:



Cleveland - the Hub of Northeast Ohio

Other destinations

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When visiting or even thinking of Cleveland, the integration of the economies, communities, media coverage, culture and arts is extraordinarily interwoven with all of NEO (as can be proven by analyzing commute patterns among the counties). Unlike the vast majority of large US cities that have grown through annexation of outlying areas in their central counties and beyond (e.g., Chicago or Columbus), the City of Cleveland proper only encompasses 1/3 of Cuyahoga County, which has nearly 60 municipalities. It would be a mistake, frequently made, to consider the City of Cleveland as a point of direct comparison with other major US Cities. NEO simply isn't structured like most US metropolitan regions, in part, because of its rich history of individual centers of industry in the 1800s merging together into one super-metropolis throughout the 1900s.

Although Cleveland is the largest city in the region, the other large cities in Northeast Ohio like Akron, Youngstown, Canton, and Warren, all have their own distinct identities. It might not go over well, for example, to tell someone in Akron that their city is "part of the Cleveland area", even if it is shown that way in some official tourism campaigns or Census and demographic maps.

Northeast Ohio has been hit hard by the recent economic crisis, and locals may complain about the area among themselves. However, they usually don't take kindly to outsiders trash-talking Ohio. Northeast Ohioans tend to be stubbornly proud of their little corner of the world, as evidenced by the cultlike following of the Browns through losing season after losing season. People in Northeast Ohio would want outsiders to see the better parts of living here, such as the booming food and restaurant scene in Cleveland, beautiful Lake Erie shorelines, parks and outdoor activities, among other things.

Get in

By plane

By car

Northeast Ohio is served by the following interstate highways:

By train

Cleveland and Elyria are served by Amtrak, although the only trains that serve the two pass through in the middle of the night. Direct service is available to Chicago, New York, and Washington DC, with connections to other destinations. There is also an Amtrak station in Alliance, OH. in Stark County

By boat

The American Canadian Caribbean Line and the Great Lakes Cruising Company provide cruises that include Cleveland on the itineria.

Get around

Most points within NEO are easily accessible by auto with longer distances less than 1.5 hours in driving time. Most of NEO's counties are served by public transit systems that have cooperative linkage points among them (in order from largest system to smallest):


The Heart of Rock 'n Roll is in Cleveland




The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame - Canton


McKinley Monument - Canton



President Garfield's Home Mentor







Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field) - home of the Cleveland Indians


Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park


Northeast Ohio's network of 55 colleges and universities comprises the second largest concentration of educational institutions in the nation (after New York City). Outstanding university and vocational training programs, coupled with exceptional liberal arts colleges, provide abundant educational opportunities.

Northeast Ohio offers a variety of educational institutions. Among the area's colleges and universities are:

Cuyahoga County

Summit County

Portage County

Lake County

Lorain County

Stark County

Mahoning County

Columbiana County

Trumbull County

Wayne County


Enjoy your visit, but you'll probably want to stay. Northeast Ohio is a global corporate center where national and international corporations grow and develop from the area’s strong, diversified economy. Poised as the leading center of commerce between New York City and Chicago, NEO has been ranked by Fortune magazine as the sixth best location in North America to conduct business. Five major industries have evolved to become the economic strength of the region: Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering, Biotechnology & Biomedical, Manufacturing and Education.

Twenty-four companies headquartered in Northeast Ohio are on the 2008 list of Fortune 1000 U.S. corporations. More than 37% of the Fortune 500 companies are present in Northeast Ohio through corporate headquarters, major divisions, subsidiaries and sales offices. In addition, more than 150 international companies have a presence there.

Northeast Ohio has a diverse mix of business activity, including the following Fortune 1000 Company Headquarters (according to the 2008 list):


see also: Fast food in North America

Not only are there great places to dine and things to eat in Northeast Ohio, but these cuisines, several of which define American Food, were born here:


Northeast Ohio is home to numerous wineries and breweries.

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