Cleveland's Collinwood Neighborhood

Houses in Collinwood

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Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood is bounded roughly by Lake Erie to the north and E 131th Street and E 185th Street to the east and west. It became part of the city in 1910. The sprawling region attracted numerous immigrant communities during the early and mid-20th century, drawn by the work to be found in the railroad yards and manufacturing plants there.

The neighborhood is comprised of Italians, Slovenians, Polish, Croatians, and people of the Appalachian region. Since the 1960s, a sizable African-American community has developed as well. Travel+ Leisure magazine called Collinwood one of America's "best secret neighborhoods."


Collinwood is divided into pockets of residential communities, dubbed North Collinwood, South Collinwood, and Euclid/Green.

The most notable incident in Collinwood's history is the school fire of 1908, where 172 children and three others were killed. The tragedy led to major school safety reforms around the United States. There is a memorial to the victims of this tragedy in Cleveland's Lakeview Cemetery.


According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Collinwood has 34,220 residents. A majority (62.5 percent) are of African-American descent. The median household income is $27,286.


Collinwood is known for the summer E 185th Street Festival and the Waterloo Art Festival, held each June. Collinwood is also home to monthly art walks.


Residents of Collinwood are part of the Cleveland Municipal School District. Collinwood is also home to the Catholic Villa St. Angela/St. Joseph's High School on Lakeshore Boulevard.

Famous Residents

Among the notable residents, past and present, of Collinwood are a Grammy-winning accordion player, Frankie Yankovic.

Collinwood in Popular Culture

Collinwood was the setting for the 2002 movie "Welcome to Collinwood" with George Clooney and William H. Macy. Some of the scenes for the film were filmed in the neighborhood.

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