Cleveland-Elyria, OH

Located on Lake Erie, the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor (Ohio) Metro Area is a 5 county area in north Ohio, anchored by the city of Cleveland. Dividing the city into an east side and west side, the Cuyahoga River area was once the site of steel mills and other factories which fueled economic growth.

Changing economic times led to a decline in the manufacturing economy. For the past thirty years, the overall population of the Metro Area has been in decline as Non-Hispanic whites left the area to seek new opportunities. However, Cleveland is both the most ethnically diverse region in Ohio and is growing increasingly diverse as Hispanic and Asian populations move into the area. There is an increasing belief that Cleveland can grow by attracting, welcoming, and retaining immigrants from all over the world.

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Total Population: 2,060,810

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 114,501
  • Language Spoken at Home - 183,629

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • The largest Metro Area entirely in Ohio.

  • Residents of Cleveland are called "Clevelanders".

  • Nicknames for the city include "The Forest City", "Metropolis of the Western Reserve", "The Rock and Roll Capital of the World", "C-Town", and the "6th City."

  • Cleveland has twenty-four sister cities and one partner city around the world.

  • Traditional ethnic neighborhoods include Slavic Village, Shaker Square, Little Italy, and Chinatown.

  • Over 40% of the Foreign Born are from European nations.

  • Home to the largest Slovak, Slovene, and Hungarian community in the world outside of Slovakia, Slovenia, and Hungary.

  • Slovenia maintains a Consulate-General in Downtown Cleveland.

  • At one time, Cleveland had the highest number of Hungarians outside of Budapest.

Learn about the ethnic diversity in the Cleveland Metro Area and how you can be involved to engage people groups.


The Cleveland of today rests on a rich heritage that began with high levels of immigration hundreds of years ago from a variety of Eastern European and European people groups. Large populations of Hungarians, Ukrainians, Croatians, Poles, and other people groups have left their indelible mark on the city through an abundance of cultural clubs and ethnic churches connected to the state religions of their home countries. These peoples and cultures are so much a part of Cleveland’s personality that it is often times hard to distinguish one from another.

Evangelical presence in the city has tapered off in recent years as people have moved away and the population of the city has dropped. There is an urgent need for new church starts among the growing ethnic populations moving to the area so that these new immigrants can worship God in their heart language and through their native cultural expressions.

People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 33 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism6,268
Arab, Palestinian (Muslim)IsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam3,884
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism1,293
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam1,085
Arab, Syrian (Muslim)SyriaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni1,080
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam862
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam845
Arab, Jordanian (Muslim)JordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam773
SloveneSloveniaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic17,500
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox12,766
CroatCroatiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic12,600
Arab, LebaneseLebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam10,355
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism9,264
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic13,445
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic7,696
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox7,268
UkrainianUkraineEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity6,975
SlovakSlovakiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic6,349
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic6,041
HungarianHungaryEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic4,995
RomanianRomaniaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity4,542
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,758
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana2,233
Arab, Syrian (Christian)SyriaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox2,051
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity1,947

Ethnic Links

Cleveland Mosaic – managed by the local Cleveland newspaper, The Plain Dealer, provides profiles for several of the more popular ethnic groups in the city. It also includes a collection of articles relating to the ethnic community including business & leader profiles.

Global Cleveland – promotes economic growth in Cleveland but more specifically focuses on fostering an environment that encourages immigrants to come to Cleveland to work.

The International Services Center – info concerning the resettling of refugees in Cleveland as well as providing a basic level of information, media and news stories regarding the refugee status in the city and opportunities for service to refugees.

Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland – a provider of resources regarding immigration to the United States and Cleveland as well as other opportunities to become involved in working with refugees.

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