Cleveland is a port city founded on industry and transportation that remains a critical transportation hub, including Great Lakes freighter traffic linked to the St. Lawrence Seaway, major highways, the U.S. railroad system, and two major airports (Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and Akron-Canton Airport).

Major companies that were critical to the industrial growth of the United States started in Cleveland, including Standard Oil. Jones Day, one of the world’s largest law firms, traces its origins to Cleveland, and its Cleveland office remains the firm’s largest. Today, we still have many world-class corporations and organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic, Sherwin-Williams, Eaton, Jones Day, Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, KPMG, and Progressive Insurance. NASA’s Glenn Research Center also is in Cleveland. Career opportunities are rich in Greater Cleveland and students have a chance to work with many of these premier corporations during their college years.

Key Facts

  • 344 miles to Chicago
  • 514 miles to New York
  • Nearly 75% of U.S. population is within 500 miles of Cleveland
  • The U.S. “North Coast”-located on Lake Erie, 1 of 5 Great Lakes
  • A proud industrial history in the U.S.
  • Strong manufacturing base being replaced by medical, environmental, and sustainability focus — “A Green City on a Blue Lake”