Facts, figures and numbers about GOP host city Cleveland


CLEVELAND (AP) — Some facts, figures, stats and data about Cleveland, host of the 2016 Republican Presidential Convention:

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POPULATION

The most recent population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau in July 2015 was 388,072. Contrast that with the city’s peak population in 1950 of 914,808.

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RACIAL/ETHNIC BREAKDOWN

Cleveland is 53 percent black, 33 percent white, 10 percent Hispanic/Latino and 3 percent Asian, according to the 2010 Census.

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MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

Cleveland is one of the poorest cities in the U.S. The median household income is just under $25,000, or about half the median income statewide. Forty percent of Clevelanders are considered to be living in poverty. For children under age 18, nearly 60 percent live in poverty.

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WHERE TO FIND IT ON A MAP

The city sits on Lake Erie, the most southern of the Great Lakes and is just 53 miles south of Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada. Cleveland is 460 miles west of New York City and 345 miles east of Chicago. It’s reached by Interstate 71 from the south and Interstate 90 from the east and west.

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WHAT PUT IT ON THE MAP

Cleveland’s proximity to Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River helped fuel its growth to an industrial powerhouse known especially for steel production.

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REGISTERED VOTERS

Cleveland might be hosting the Republican National Convention, but as the GOP well knows, it’s throwing a party in a city that’s overwhelmingly Democratic. Democratic President Barack Obama collected eight times as many votes as Republican candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. The mayor and all 17 members of Cleveland City Council identify themselves as Democrats.

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NOTABLE BUSINESSES AND INSTITUTIONS

The city of Cleveland was once home to a number of Fortune 500 companies. Today, there is just one: Sherwin-Williams. The city has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading centers of medicine in the country with three large hospital systems, including the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Case Western Reserve University is one of the leading research institutions in the country, the Cleveland Museum of Art has one of the country’s most valuable collections and the Cleveland Orchestra is considered one of the finest orchestras in the world. It’s also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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SPORTS

The Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA this summer broke the city’s 52-year title drought when the team came back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals to defeat the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Cleveland Browns won their last NFL title in 1964, but the team has never been to the Super Bowl. The Cleveland Indians won the last of their two World Series titles in 1948. The team was one pitch away from winning the World Series in 1997.

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