Students in the cities are served by the Willoughby-Eastlake City School District. The district serves more than 9,000 young people coming from seven separate municipalities: Eastlake, Lakeline, Timberlake, Waite Hill, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills and Willowick. It is composed of seven elementary schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools and a vocational high school. Higher education is provided by surrounding colleges and universities including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, David N. Myers College, John Carroll University; Kent State University and Notre Dame University.
Residents have access to excellent health care facilities with seven medical centers located within a 20-mile radius.
Both Eastlake and Willoughby feature strong economies and a pro-business environment. Eastlake has been undergoing a revitalization with the widening of Vine Street to accommodate the new growth in the commercial district. Extensive beautification programs are in process to create campus-like settings in industrial areas and to improve the overall aesthetics of the community. The new baseball stadium will be a significant draw to the commercial district.
Willoughby is the 10th largest manufacturing city in Ohio and is home to one of the few general aviation airports in the region. The city provides retailers with a bright and successful future. A city rich in heritage, downtown Willoughby has offered merchants the opportunity for growth, profit and community since 1880. And with the revitalization efforts of the past few years, Downtown Willoughby has the perfect balance to help business grow.
Both city?s growth and development has been driven by accessibility via two major highways in an expanding metropolitan region and a location in the Northwest region of the state. The area is a shoppers delight with Willoughby Commons, Willo-Plaza Shopping Center, Great Lakes Mall and a number of small strips throughout the communities.
Willoughby is the hub of America's largest concentration of consumer and industrial markets and is within 500 miles of more than half the population of the United States and Canada. With a population base of more than 230,000, Lake County leads the state in per capita income.
The history of the area dates back more than 300 years when the Erie Indians erected a village near what is now Lakeshore Boulevard and Reeves Road. In 1701, the Iroquois Confederation ceded their "Beaver Country" (the Western Reserve, east of the Cuyahoga River) to the British in return for their protection. A French trading post, "Charlton", was established at the mouth of the Chagrin River in 1750.
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