02 Jan Cuyahoga Falls voted top 100 places to relocate in 2009
The second largest city in Summit County, Cuyahoga Falls is located near Akron and Cleveland and is in close proximity to Akron-Canton, and Burke Lakefront airports.
Cuyahoga Falls is a progressive business community with a confident growth pattern. Development has increased 163 percent over the last five years with over 500 acres of industrial land available for development.
The City of Cuyahoga Falls prides itself on strong core principles such as excellent schools, a wide diversity of housing, exceptional amenities and solid public-private partnerships. The City delivers outstanding projects with positive attitudes and professional, efficient service. With 39 churches, a free public library, a community hospital, outstanding City services, low utility rates and a great location, Cuyahoga Falls a great place to live, work and play.
The perfect balance of housing can be found in Cuyahoga Falls. From urban condominiums in the downtown riverfront district and bungalows along tree-lined streets to million dollar estates in the National Park, Cuyahoga Falls offers a superior quality of life for families, singles and empty nesters. Even in an economic downturn, housing costs have remained stable. In fact, the average selling price of a home actually increased in Cuyahoga Falls for the 2008 calendar year by over 4%! Cuyahoga Falls is a big city with small town amenities that welcomes families – schools are nestled in neighborhoods or just a quick bus ride away.
The city schools excel in leadership in a statewide standards movement in Ohio, and Cuyahoga Falls students score above state averages on proficiency tests. In addition to public and parochial schools, the district also offers extensive special education services and innovative programs. For example, in cooperation with the University of Akron, the city schools also offer a wide array of community-education classes. With all these accomplishments the two public school districts and numerous parochial and private schools in Cuyahoga Falls have high expectations for ongoing for its students and curriculum. Cuyahoga Falls is home to 4 high schools, 5 middle schools, and 13 private and public elementary schools. Cuyahoga Falls is also close to 12 area colleges and universities.
With dedicated professionals in the city’s police and fire departments, Cuyahoga Falls enjoys a low crime rate, excellent emergency medical service, and a class 3 fire insurance rating. With a response time under four minutes, the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department is comprised of more than 80 men and women who work out of five stations, providing full-service fire protection/prevention, and emergency medical/rescue services to not only the citizens of Cuyahoga Falls, but to the Village of Silver Lake as well.
Cuyahoga Falls owns and operates its own water, sanitation, and electric systems. Water rates are the lowest in the area, with electric rates typically at least 38 percent lower than local investor- owned utilities.
Cuyahoga Falls is the home of the world renowned Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Porthouse Theatre. With thirty state-of-the-art parks and recreation facilities, a Natatorium/Fitness facility, an 18 hole USGA public golf course, and 4,807 acres in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Falls offers an outstanding array of recreational opportunities for the whole family.
The number one destination location on the north coast is downtown Cuyahoga Falls! From wildly popular events like Rockin’ on the River and the Irish Festival, to free family movie nights and splashing around in the interactive water fountain, the downtown riverfront district, known as Falls River Square is a hot spot all year round. Truly something for everyone, Falls River Square offers quaint shops for browsing, fine dining and casual restaurants, a riverfront boardwalk along the Cuyahoga River, (one of only 14 National Heritage Rivers) and breathtaking views of the falls. Families can even take a riverboat ride along the Cuyahoga River every day in the summer months!
Known for hometown amenities like free parking and free admission to all events, Falls River Square attracts more than 400,000 people to its beautiful river shores. Not only is Falls River Square the locale for summertime fun, it1s northeast Ohio1s hotspot in the winter as well. The Ice Rink at Falls River Square is the region1s first and most well-attended outdoor ice rink. Constructed each year on the plaza, the ice rink is open November through February with ice skating for the whole family, including skate lessons, a party room, ice skate rental and a concession area for hot drinks and warm snacks!
Truly, the perfect place to work, live and play, Cuyahoga Falls is comprised of over 4,800 acres within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, whereby residents can hike, bike or picnic right in their backyard.
The award-winning Natatorium & Wellness Center features four indoor pools and state of the art cardio and fitness equipment as well as a rehabilitation program through Summa Health Systems. Residents can enjoy the 1/8 mile track, racquetball, a vast selection of group fitness classes, and a very progressive Youth Fitness Program developed in partnership with Akron Children1s Hospital all at a very reasonable rate!
An active and award-winning member of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Ohio Beautiful since 1990, the City of Cuyahoga Falls is celebrating 21 years as a tree city with over 100 Adopt-A- Spots to further solidify its private and public partnership with residents and businesses.
The people here are hard working, friendly and generous. It is the people that make Cuyahoga Falls one of the “Nicest places to live in America”.