Planning to retire to Cleveland soon? Get ready to experience the four distinct seasons as well as the home to beautiful native wildflowers, plants, and animals. You can bird watch or spider view in the nearby parks, or just sit quietly in the forest.
The population estimates, according to the Census Bureau, in Cleveland has dropped 2.2 percent in the last five years. The population in 2010 was 396,815 and the estimate for 2015 was 388,072. Females still outnumber males at 52 percent, a number slightly higher than the national average of 50.8 percent. Seniors, age 65 and over, make up 12 percent of the population.
Of the population figures for 2010, 53.3 percent of residents identified as black or African-American, 37.3 percent as white, 10 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.8 percent as Asian, and 0.3 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native. 2.8 percent identify as two or more races.
Foreign born residents consist of 4.7 percent of the population and 12 percent of Cleveland citizens speak another language than English at home. As many as 23,233 veterans have made Cleveland their home.
Cleveland experiences four distinct seasons. During the winter months, the temperatures can average a low 22 degrees and a high of 38 degrees with January typically the coldest month. Average snowfall in Cleveland is 68 inches per year.
During the summer, the highs can reach an average of 83 degrees. The average temperature for the city is 51.35 degrees. Cleveland experiences an annual precipitation (rainfall) of 39.12 inches with the spring and summer months bringing more rain, however, the month of September averages 3.82 inches in rainfall.
Cleveland can experience harsh winters with deep snow at times and ice. Always carry extra blankets, water, food, and flashlights in your car in the event of an emergency and pay attention to emergency broadcasts during the winter months before leaving home.
Floods can be an issue in Cleveland due to high rainfall or deep snow melting. If you are in a flood prone area, stay tuned to local news broadcasts for directions if you are to evacuate. Always have a plan in place to get to higher ground. FEMA suggests you video your possessions prior to any flooding for insurance purposes and consider purchasing flood insurance.
Cleveland is home to many species of plants and animals. Consider taking a break one day and walking through either the Cleveland National Forest or the Cleveland Metroparks. You can walk through the North Chagrin Reservation trails and observe eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, black capped chickadees, house wrens, monarch butterflies, or Cooper’s hawks. You can visit the native plants of Ohio and walk through wildflowers. Even spiders are celebrated in the Metroparks with special viewings.
The Cleveland National Forest consists of 460,000 acres brimming with trails and plenty of wildlife including 22 endangered plant and animal species. The forest also consists of a wide variety of terrains. While you are walking the trails, you may see owls, nuthatches, swallows, rabbits, and other animals.
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