10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Ohio For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Ohio have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Ohio? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Buckeye State:

  1. Perrysburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Worthington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hudson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Marysville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Lebanon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. New Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Westerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Upper Arlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mason (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Pickerington (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Ohio, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Ohio and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Ohio.

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Ohio anyways?

To give you the places in Ohio which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Buckeye State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Ohio, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Ohio, that meant a total of 135 cities.

Read on to see why Perrysburg is where all the families are headed, while Brooklyn is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Perrysburg

Perrysburg, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,367
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Toledo
Households with kids: 34.4%
More on Perrysburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Perrysburg is a city in Wood County, Ohio, United States, along the south side of the Maumee River. The population was 20,623 at the 2010 census. Located about 12 miles southwest of Toledo, it was founded before the now larger port city on Lake Erie. It has since become a suburb of the city.

2. Worthington

Worthington, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,155
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 32.6%
More on Worthington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Worthington is an affluent city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States, and is a northern suburb of the larger Columbus. The population was 13,575 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1803 by the Scioto Company led by James Kilbourne, who was later elected to the United States House of Representatives, and named in honor of Thomas Worthington, who later became governor of Ohio.

3. Hudson

Hudson, OH

Population: 22,282
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 38.0%
More on Hudson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Coordinates: 411423N 812627W 41.2398397; -81.4407840

4. Marysville

Marysville, OH

Population: 22,860
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 39.4%
More on Marysville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Marysville is a city in and the county seat of Union County, Ohio, United States. The population was 22,094 at the 2010 census. This marks a 38.59% increase from 2000.

5. Lebanon

Lebanon, OH

Population: 20,536
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 42.0%
More on Lebanon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lebanon is a city in and the county seat of Warren County, Ohio, United States, in the state’s southwestern region, within the Cincinnati metropolitan area. The population was 20,033 at the 2010 census. Lebanon is widely known as a tourist destination, with its many points of interest, historic landmarks, regional festivals and downtown shopping. The city also has a symphony orchestra and chorus.

6. New Philadelphia

New Philadelphia, OH

Population: 17,412
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 29.1%
More on New Philadelphia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Philadelphia is a city in and the county seat of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States. The county’s largest city, New Philadelphia is located on the Tuscarawas River. It is located 71 miles south of Cleveland and 119 miles northeast of Columbus. The population was 17,288 at the 2010 census.

7. Westerville

Westerville, OH

Population: 38,089
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 30.7%
More on Westerville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westerville is a city in Delaware and Franklin counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is a northeastern suburb of Columbus. The population was 36,120 at the 2010 census. Westerville is the home of Otterbein University.

8. Upper Arlington

Upper Arlington, OH

Population: 34,675
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 34.8%
More on Upper Arlington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Upper Arlington is a suburb in Franklin County, Ohio, United States, on the northwest side of the Columbus metropolitan area. As of July, 2015, the population was estimated to be 34,907.

9. Mason

Mason, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,025
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 38.7%
More on Mason: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mason is a city in southwestern Warren County, Ohio, United States, approximately 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati. As of the 2010 census, Mason’s population was 30,712.

10. Pickerington

Pickerington, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,379
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 49.6%
More on Pickerington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Ohio

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Ohio ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Ohio according to the data:

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Austintown
  3. Fairborn

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Ohio

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Perrysburg 21,367 41
2 Worthington 14,155 39
3 Hudson 22,282 43
4 Marysville 22,860 52
5 Lebanon 20,536 61
6 New Philadelphia 17,412 42
7 Westerville 38,089 39
8 Upper Arlington 34,675 37
9 Mason 32,025 53
10 Pickerington 19,379 49
11 Delaware 37,554 65
12 Brecksville 13,470 58
13 Amherst 12,058 62
14 Powell 12,436 32
15 Defiance 16,725 56
16 Fremont 16,388 59
17 North Canton 17,422 53
18 Twinsburg 18,851 36
19 Salem 12,071 56
20 Vermilion 10,491 64
21 Urbana 11,586 40
22 Ashland 20,419 53
23 Tiffin 17,701 44
24 Solon 23,085 35
25 Dublin 43,874 34
26 Montgomery 10,440 43
27 Hilliard 33,108 48
28 Parma 80,088 88
29 London 10,058 58
30 Bellefontaine 13,211 40
31 Troy 25,684 44
32 Bowling Green 31,641 65
33 Rocky River 20,211 36
34 Loveland 12,641 50
35 Bexley 13,534 41
36 Ironton 11,049 56
37 Xenia 26,105 70
38 Dover 12,886 49
39 North Ridgeville 31,832 58
40 Westlake 32,408 58
41 Marion 36,568 48
42 Berea 18,949 36
43 Wilmington 12,441 51
44 Springboro 17,978 31
45 Wadsworth 22,578 41
46 Alliance 22,121 52
47 Brunswick 34,578 55
48 Wickliffe 12,718 62
49 Kent 29,761 38
50 Zanesville 25,467 60
51 Lancaster 39,483 61
52 Gahanna 34,373 60
53 Harrison 10,522 42
54 Norwalk 16,862 52
55 Blue Ash 12,154 40
56 Circleville 13,761 46
57 Eastlake 18,342 54
58 Elyria 53,928 69
59 Stow 34,746 49
60 Sandusky 25,338 45
61 Macedonia 11,595 56
62 Chillicothe 21,748 67
63 University Heights 13,273 44
64 Franklin 11,802 43
65 Hamilton 62,259 66
66 Steubenville 18,305 70
67 Canton 72,163 84
68 Clayton 13,172 32
69 Strongsville 44,622 52
70 Van Wert 10,738 56
71 Norton 12,044 41
72 Streetsboro 16,224 37
73 Piqua 20,743 43
74 Mentor 46,896 45
75 Aurora 15,712 40
76 Seven Hills 11,697 39
77 Cambridge 10,495 40
78 Wooster 26,773 62
79 Miamisburg 20,069 49
80 Lakewood 50,866 60
81 Cincinnati 298,011 100
82 Centerville 23,899 42
83 Lima 37,836 60
84 Warren 40,433 59
85 Mansfield 46,902 68
86 Cuyahoga Falls 49,353 53
87 Forest Park 18,679 37
88 Toledo 280,854 74
89 Lyndhurst 13,736 39
90 Reynoldsburg 36,995 37
91 Sidney 20,761 64
92 South Euclid 21,865 35
93 Dayton 141,143 97
94 Middletown 48,527 66
95 Monroe 13,552 48
96 Cleveland 389,165 100
97 Fairview Park 16,473 58
98 Tallmadge 17,488 44
99 Galion 10,245 53
100 Oregon 20,137 38

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