Living in Hudson
One of the Best Places to Live in the Midwest
Consistently thought of as the “jewel” of Northeast Ohio, Hudson boasts an outstanding, nationally ranked education system, historic neighborhoods, high-end shopping and dining, and an overall outstanding quality of life. See what makes Hudson so unique and so special to Hudsonites.
More than 65 percent of Hudson adults and 34 percent of adults in the region hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree. Perhaps it’s because Hudson is within a short driving distance of a number of private and public colleges and universities.
And residents get a good start in Hudson, with some of the top-ranked K-12 schools in the country. Hudson City Schools, with an 11-year track record of Excellent and Excellent with Distinction ratings, rank in the top 2 percent of Ohio districts. Privately owned Western Reserve Academy, Hudson Montessori School and Seton Catholic School also receive top rankings annually.
Quality of Life
Hudson is a City steeped in history and tradition, with tree-lined residential streets, historic homes, and small-town charm. Hudson features world-class healthcare facilities and parks, wildlife preserves, three golf courses, and major sports, recreational, and arts and culture venues.
Another exciting part of Hudson is its downtown lifestyle center which includes quaint retail shops, and fine dining, as well as village greens and pedestrian family shopping. In addition the City hosts approximately 75 events each year, including weekly concerts in the bandstand gazebo and in the First & Main shopping area, entertainment from the local theatre group, Hudson Players, as well as large events that draw people from all over the region, such as Taste of Hudson and Art on the Green.
The cost of living in Hudson is 3.7 percent lower than the national average and the City has been recognized for three straight years (2010-2012) by America’s Promise Alliance as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.
- Hudson Parks
- Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club
- Hudson Country Club
- Lake Forest Country Club
- LifeCenter Plus
- Hudson Community Education and Recreation
Shopping and Dining
Access to Culture and Entertainment
Located between Akron and Cleveland, Hudson residents have access to some of the best metropolitan cultural offerings in the country. Just 45 minutes northwest in Cleveland, you’ll find one America’s ‘Big Five’ orchestras, the second-largest theatre district in the nation, and some of the best dining and arts and entertainment attractions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Area attractions include:
- Cleveland Orchestra and Akron Symphony Orchestra
- Professional sports, including the Cleveland Browns, Indians, Cavaliers, and Akron Rubber Ducks
- Playhouse Square – the second largest theatre district in the U.S., next to Broadway in New York City
- The Cleveland Art Museum and Akron Art Museum
- The Cleveland Institute of Music
- The Cleveland Institute of Art
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History
- Cleveland Botanical Gardens
- Great Lakes Science Center
- Blossom Music Center
- Cedar Point Amusement Park
- Cleveland Zoo and Akron Zoo
The history of Hudson actually begins in Connecticut. The colony of Connecticut had, from 1632, laid claim to a 120-mile stretch of Ohio territory, which came to be known as the Connecticut Western Reserve. After an Indian war was won in the region, the Reserve seemed ripe for settlement. On September 2, 1795, Connecticut sold the Reserve to a land syndicate comprised of 35 investors known as the Connecticut Land Company. The sale was concluded for $1,200,000 for the estimated three million acres, or roughly 40 cents per acre. Read more history...