Shaker Heights Wins ‘Best Town to Raise a Family’ in 2020 Parent Choice Awards

Shaker Heights Wins ‘Best Town to Raise a Family’ in 2020 Parent Choice Awards

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The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards seeks to gather the opinions of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Our readers and online followers voted for their favorite businesses, attractions, family services and more.

Here are the winner and finalists in the “Best town to raise a family” category.

Click here to view winners and finalists in all 26 categories.

Photo courtesy of Shaker Heights

Winner: Shaker Heights

Photo courtesy of Shaker Heights

Walkable neighborhoods, exceptional schools, ample parks and bike trails, and a unique mix of suburban and urban living are just a few of the assets residents of historic Shaker Heights love. Located close to downtown Cleveland and the city’s beloved cultural institutions, Shaker Heights itself boasts a blend of quiet, tree-lined streets and vibrant retail and dining areas. From Shaker Square to the Van Aken District, the community offers a blend of chain and locally owned shops, restaurants and businesses. Add in amenities like a library, arts council, historical society, nature center and more, and it’s no wonder Shaker Heights took the top honors in this category.


With its Lake Erie shoreline, proximity to downtown Cleveland and the cool vibes of its retail and dining scene, Lakewood is a happening place that a new generation of parents calls home. It’s also family-focused, from its schools, libraries and parks to great annual events both kids and adults love.

Solon is no stranger to “best of” lists, with Solon City Schools consistently rated as one of the top public school districts in Ohio and the nation. Add a plethora of shopping and dining options, plus playgrounds, parks and golf courses, and there are ample family-friendly amenities available to residents and visitors alike.

Home to the best of both worlds — shopping mecca Crocker Park, plus city park and metroparks green spaces — this vibrant city on the west side of Cleveland offers plenty to do. A bustling dining and entertainment scene, plus a strong business community, make Westlake an ideal place for families to work, shop and play.

About the author

Denise Koeth is Digital Content Manager for Northeast Ohio Parent. She oversees content on the website and manages the brand’s social media activity. Denise grew up in Northeast Ohio and she and her husband are currently raising their two boys here.


  1. Photo would have had to have been shot in another neighborhood to show color diversity. And that boy in the middle was lacking a helmet!

  2. Mary Remington

    Just a suggestion. Your photo should have included some children of color. Shaker Heights distinguishes itself because of their success with integration. We need to show it and celebrate it.


    Mary Remington

    1. I completely agree! Lived in shaker my whole life and it’s almost dead even as far as the black and white population.

    2. Thank you for your comment, Mary. We’ve added another photo to this story. All photos were supplied by Shaker Heights.

    3. J f, you are absolutely right!! Diversity is the best feature of Shaker Heights!!

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