Real estate agency dubs Cleveland Heights a foodie paradise

The Katz Club Diner, owned and operated by Cleveland Heights resident and chef Douglas Katz, is one of the many locally owned, independent eateries that contribute to the city's status as a destination for foodies.

Real estate agency Movoto has ranked Cleveland Heights the third most exciting place in Ohio, following Lakewood and Oxford, calling it a "foodie paradise."

Movoto, an online real estate brokerage based in San Mateo, Calif., operates in 36 states and in Washington, D.C.

The agency ranked each of 173 cities in the state of Ohio with a population of more than 10,000. It scored each city based on seven criteria: nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy), live music venues per capita, active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities), fast food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better), percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better), percentage of residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better), and population density (the higher the better).

After ranking each city from 1 to 173 for each category, Movoto added the rankings together into one "Big Deal Score." The cities with the lowest scores were ranked the highest. Cleveland Heights scored a total of 39.14.

Cleveland Heights's eclectic, non-fast food eatery choices pushed it to the third spot, with a helping hand from its rankings for young population, population density, and music venues. The only thing keeping Cleveland Heights from ranking higher, according to Movoto, is its active life ranking, which was a low 139.

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Dondreya Allen

Dondreya Allen is a senior at Cleveland Heights High School and a Heights Observer intern.

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