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Overview of Willoughby

The city of Willoughby is located in northern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, in the northeast suburbs of Cleveland. Willoughby apartments for rent are particularly attractive options for those looking to join the approximate 22,200 residents living in this family-friendly city. Nearly 20 percent of the city's population is made up of people under the age of 18.

Willoughby city encompasses roughly 10.25 square miles of land, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Residents enjoy quiet suburban living with easy access to the urban center of Cleveland. Residents also enjoy a crime rate and unemployment rate that are lower than the state average, as well as a number of higher education facilities and lakeshore recreational activities.

Living in Willoughby, OH

Willoughby's early history is like many towns in northern Ohio. Native Americans were the first to inhabit the area, and French trappers began exploring it in the mid 1700s. David Abbott gathered a group of pioneers to settle the area surrounding the Chagrin River in 1798, on 200 acres of land he had acquired. The community officially changed its name to Willoughby in 1834 after the Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College was established. The institution was named after Dr. Westel Willoughby.

Willoughby apartments are excellent options for those looking to continue the traditions of industriousness and integrity that came out of the 19th century and continue today. Willoughby's downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Willoughby Work and Study

Business professionals working particularly within the manufacturing industry can find Willoughby apartments to be an attractive option. City-Data information revealed that the top industry in Willoughby is manufacturing, with 27 percent of employment options falling into this line of work, followed by the retail trade industry at 14 percent. Willoughby lists its major employers to be the Lake Hospital System, Willoughby-Eastlake School District, Breckenridge Village and Marous Brothers Construction. Other major area employers include G E Quartz, the city of Willoughby municipal government, and Giant Eagle supermarket.

Students can take advantage of Euclid Beauty College and the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing, which are both located in the city. Other nearby notable schools include the Lakeland Community College, John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College District and Cleveland State University.

Rentals in Willoughby, OH and Cost of Living

According to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, Willoughby rentals have a vacancy rate of approximately 9.7 percent, and median rent was valued at $777 as of the 2010 Census. Roughly 39.6 percent of all renters fall in the gross rent range of $750 to $999, with approximately 85.4 percent of all renters falling in the wider range of $500 to $1,499. The data further indicated that roughly 29.4 percent of total renters reported spending 35 percent or more of their household income on gross rental costs.

City-Data information revealed that in March 2012, the cost of living in Willoughby was assigned a value of 96.8 points, which is 3.2 percent less than the national average of 100 points.

Willoughby Attractions and Special Events

People living in apartments near Willoughby and the surrounding Lake County area have numerous attractions to take advantage of. Many residents and visitors enjoy taking a boat out on Lake Erie for fishing and boating, and the beaches here are perfect for a little fun in the sun and recreation.

An interesting Willoughby attraction is Gibson Bagpipes, located on Industrial Parkway. Gibson Bagpipes manufactures traditional Scottish Great Highland bagpipes by the well-known Jerry Gibson and families can enjoy a visit at the Celtic gift shop on site

People looking for a little outdoors family fun can head to The Holden Arboretum, which has been a part of the Northeastern Ohio community for more than 80 years and has provided visitors with prime green space to find a place in nature.

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