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Northeast Ohio
(Counterclockwise from top)Skylines of Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown
(Counterclockwise from top)
Skylines of Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown
Map of counties in Northeast Ohio
Map of counties in Northeast Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
Largest city Cleveland
Other cities
 • Land 8,520.29 sq mi (22,067.4 km2)
 • Water 3,104.2 sq mi (8,040 km2)
 • Total 4,335,920
 • Density 508.89/sq mi (196.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (ET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)

Northeast Ohio refers to the northeastern region of the U.S. state of Ohio. The region contains six Metropolitan Statistical Areas: Cleveland–Elyria; Akron; Canton–Massillon; Youngstown–Warren–Boardman; Mansfield, and Sandusky, along with six Micropolitan Statistical Areas: Ashland, Ashtabula, New Philadelphia–Dover, Norwalk, Salem, and Wooster. Most of the region, with the exception of the Youngstown–Warren–Boardman and Mansfield metropolitan areas, is also part of the Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area and media market, while Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties form part of the Youngstown–Warren CSA and media market with Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Northeast Ohio also includes most of the area known historically as the Connecticut Western Reserve. In 2011, the Intelligent Community Forum ranked Northeast Ohio as a global Smart 21 Communities list. It has the highest concentration of Hungarian Americans in the United States.

Composition of the region

The state of Ohio Defines Northeast Ohio as an 18-county region. The 18-county region is home to over 4.3 million people, has a labor force of almost 2.2 million and it has an economic GDP (nominal) of $195 billion, which makes it comparable to that of New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.


Sports and recreation

See also: Sports in Cleveland

Northeast Ohio is home to a number of professional sports teams, including three from the major North American sports leagues. The Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball play at Progressive Field, Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) are based at FirstEnergy Stadium, and the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) play at Quicken Loans Arena. Quicken Loans Arena is also home to two additional professional franchises, the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League. The Monsters are the top minor league affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

There are a number of other professional sports teams in the region that play in various minor leagues. The Indians have three minor league affiliates in the area: the AA Akron RubberDucks of the Eastern League who play at Canal Park in Akron, the Single-A Lake County Captains of the Midwest League who play at Classic Park in Eastlake, and the Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York–Penn League, who play at Eastwood Field in Niles. Additionally, there is an independent baseball team, the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League, who play at Sprenger Stadium in Avon. The Youngstown Phantoms are a junior ice hockey team in the United States Hockey League that has home games at Covelli Centre.

Motorsports venues in the region include Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington and Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, a major NHRA venue.

The region is home to a number of NCAA athletic programs, including four in Division I: the Akron Zips, Cleveland State Vikings, Kent State Golden Flashes, and Youngstown State Penguins. Both Akron and Kent State are members of the Cleveland-based Mid-American Conference, while Cleveland State and Youngstown State are members of the Horizon League. Six schools compete at the NCAA Division II level: the Lake Erie College Storm, Ursuline Arrows, Malone Pioneers, Ashland Eagles, Notre Dame Falcons, and Walsh Cavaliers. There are eight schools at the Division III level: Mount Union Purple Raiders, Hiram Terriers, John Carroll Blue Streaks, Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets, Case Western Reserve Spartans, Kenyon Lords, Oberlin Yeomen, and Wooster Scots. One school, the Mount Vernon Nazarene Cougars, competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The Cleveland Metroparks are a system of nature preserves that encircle the city, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park encompasses the Cuyahoga River valley between Cleveland and Akron. The region is home to Mentor Headlands Beach, the longest natural beach on the Great Lakes.



Interstate highways

  • I-71.svg Interstate 71
  • I-271.svg Interstate 271
  • I-76.svg Interstate 76
  • I-77.svg Interstate 77
  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
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  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • I-490.svg Interstate 490
  • I-277.svg Interstate 277
  • I-680.svg Interstate 680

US highways

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  • US 42.svg U.S. Route 42
  • US 62.svg U.S. Route 62
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  • US 322.svg U.S. Route 322
  • US 422.svg U.S. Route 422


City served FAA IATA ICAO Airport name Role Enpl.
Commercial service – primary airports
Akron CAK CAK KCAK Akron-Canton Regional Airport Small hub 715,367
Cleveland CLE CLE KCLE Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport Medium hub 4,704,329
Youngstown / Warren YNG YNG KYNG Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport / Youngstown ARS Non-hub 67,128
Reliever airports
Cleveland BKL BKL KBKL Burke Lakefront Airport 1,103
Highland Heights / Richmond Heights / Willoughby Hills CGF CGF KCGF Cuyahoga County Airport
Lorain / Elyria LPR LPR KLPR Lorain County Regional Airport 4
Medina 1G5 Medina Municipal Airport
Willoughby LNN LNN KLNN Willoughby Lost Nation Municipal Airport
General aviation airports
Akron AKR AKC KAKR Akron Fulton International Airport 1
Alliance 2D1 Barber Airport
Ashland 3G4 Ashland County Airport
Ashtabula HZY JFN KHZY Ashtabula County Airport
Carrollton TSO KTSO Carroll County-Tolson Airport
East Liverpool 02G Columbiana County Airport 3
Kent 1G3 Kent State University Airport
Middlefield 7G8 Geauga County Airport
Mansfield MFD KMFD MFD Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport
Millersburg 10G Holmes County Airport
Ravenna POV KPOV Portage County Airport
Warren 62D Warren Airport
Wooster BJJ BJJ KBJJ Wayne County Airport
Akron 1D4 Mayfield Airport
Alliance 4G3 Miller Airport
Carrollton 5D6 Parsons Airport
Clyde 5D9 Bandit Field Airdrome
Columbia Station 4G8 Columbia Airport
Elyria 1G1 Elyria Airport
Garrettsville 7D8 Gates Airport
Geneva 7D9 Germack Airport
Hiram 86D Far View Airport
Huron 88D Hinde Airport
Newton Falls 41N Braceville Airport
Norwalk 5A1 Norwalk-Huron County Airport
Painesville 2G1 Concord Airpark
Youngstown 4G4 Youngstown Elser Metro Airport
Youngstown 04G Lansdowne Airport

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