Mentor's education system boasts nine elementary schools, three middle schools and one public high school. Four private schools are also within city limits. Several colleges are within an hour's drive, including Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University. When it comes to crime and unemployment, the city falls below the average in both, which adds to the stable, safe feeling that residents enjoy here. The average temperatures don't hurt, either. Mentor's summers range from the mid-70s to the low 80s, and winters average in the high 20s to low 30s.

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A suburb of Cleveland, Mentor, Ohio, is a mid-size city located on the south shore of Lake Erie and has twice ranked as one of the top 100 places to live in America according to CNNMoney. The city's population of about 50,000 people is comprised mostly of families with children, and with homes in this 28-square-mile area averaging just under $170,000 - well below the national average - it's easy to see why so many choose to raise families in Mentor.

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