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Why Parma?

Choosing the best location for your business is one of your most important decisions.

Choosing a city that will treat you like a partner can mean the difference between a successful endeavor and a mistake.

Before you make your decision, consider Parma.

Parma, Ohio, is the seventh largest city in Ohio with 20 square miles and more than 81,000 residents. The city evolved from an agricultural center to a mix of inner-ring suburban housing and strong automotive manufacturing commercial areas with an available skilled workforce. Parma is currently home to more than 5,000 businesses.

Parma offers many benefits to its business partners:
  • Central location just 11 miles south of downtown Cleveland, exceptional access to the major highways in Northeast Ohio, an active rail system and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport only 3 miles away
  • Major utility services of all types conveniently available in the city, including fiber-optic internet service
  • Excellent safety and security with continuous patrol of industrial and commercial streets, as well as residential streets; five full-time fire stations with full emergency medical services
  • Pro-business government (Parma’s motto is “Progress through Partnerships”), three Community Reinvestment Areas, one Enterprise Zone and various business incentives offered
  • City amenities include a city-owned golf course, a 100-acre Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation, two hospitals, viable retail, Stearns Homestead and native nursery, and a strong recreational program

Parma Facts

Population: more than 81,000


Highways: I-480, I-77, I-71
Major Freight Lines: All major carriers
Railroads: CSX
Port: Cleveland Port Authority offers six deep-water ports (Cleveland port routes save two to four days on a vessel from Europe to Cleveland vs. East Coast ports combined with rail or truck shipping)
Airports: Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE)


Parma City School District
Padua High School
Cuyahoga Community College – Western Campus


Electric: FirstEnergy Corp. or NOPEC
Natural Gas: Columbia Gas or NOPEC
Water: Cleveland Water Department
Sewer: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District


Parma is home to more than 50 churches

Related Links

Permit Applications

Parma Area Chamber of Commerce