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.
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.
Mentor, Ohio, also provides quite a range of entertainment and outdoor activities. Old Mentor Village is home to James A. Garfield National Historic Site, and families enjoy Mentor-on-the-Lake, which boasts more than 1,200 acres of green space for hiking and biking, not to mention the longest public swimming beach in Ohio, Headlands Beach State Park. The city is also a major center for retail and restaurants. Many people enjoy spending the day shopping at Great Lakes Mall before dining at one of many highly rated restaurants. Mentor offers a solid transportation system. Several local bus routes travel between the area’s neighborhoods and attractions, and a park and ride route offers easier access to the rest of the Cleveland metropolitan area. If Mentor, Ohio, sounds like the right fit for your family, browse our home listings to begin your search for the perfect home.