New Resident's Guide to Cleveland

Moving to a new city can be exciting, but also a little frustrating and even scary as you try to learn how to get around your new home. If you're new to the Cleveland area, here are a few resources to help you settle in.
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    Transportation

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    Clevelanders still use cars for their primary mode of transportation. Learn how to get your Ohio driver's license.

    The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) operates the bus and rapid train system. New is the Euclid Corridor Project which connects Public Square in downtown to University Circle and the many museums, restaurants, and institutions located there.

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    Turning On your Utilities

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    Cleveland has two electric companies so utilities can get a little confusing to a new resident. Both, Cleveland Public Power and the Illuminating Company, have their customers that swear by them. From what I can tell the rates go back and forth. One year one is cheaper and the next the other one is.

    Other useful utility contacts include:

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    People unfamiliar with Cleveland still tend to use the city as the punchline for a joke, but...the joke is on them. Cleveland has many attributes, including a relatively low cost of living; world-class health care facilities, museums, and universities; exciting sports teams; and one of the best park systems and libraries in the country.
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    Ohio State Flag
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    To be eligible to vote in Ohio, you must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old, and a resident of the state for at least 30 days prior to the election. You must also register at least 30 days prior to the election. You remain registered if you vote at least once every four years.
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    Ohio City Door
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    Greater Cleveland is made up of distinct neighborhoods and more than 50 suburbs. For reasons that have generally been forgotten, the city tends to divide itself into eastsiders and westsiders, using the Cuyahoga River as a dividing line. Recent growth south of town has helped to muddy this distinction, but you'll likely be asked often if you are an eastsider or westsider.
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    Cleveland Media

    Learn about your new town by reading the many local papers, magazines, and listening to the radio. Here are some lists of what's available in and around Cleveland:

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    Recycling in Cleveland

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    Currently Cleveland offers recycling at 32 drop-off locations around the city. They also offer special dates for difficult items, such as computer equipment and toxic items like paint.
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    Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are home to a diverse collection of colleges and universities, from public urban schools, like Cleveland State University, to private small town colleges, like Hiram College. Learn more about these Ohio institutions of higher learning.

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    Volunteering is one of the most fulfilling ways to be a part of Cleveland and to help the community thrive. There are dozens of non-profit and volunteer organizations that offer all sorts of enjoyable and meaningful projects.

    Whether you have one hour of time to donate or one year, are interested in teaching kids, restoring community gardens, or helping the homeless, there is a project that’s right for you. Click the above link for some ideas.
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    Are you new to Ohio? Do you know who our senators are, the state bird, and the longest river? The link above will help you learn more about the "Buckeye State."
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    Finding a Job

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    Are you new in town and looking for a job? Follow the link above to a variety of Cleveland job resources.