10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Ohio For 2019


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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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Ohio.

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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.

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 some more reading about Ohio and the best places for families in the country:

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 141 cities.

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

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Ohio For 2019

Perrysburg, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 21,327
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Toledo
Households with kids: 32.4%
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.

Medina, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,348
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 33.1%
More on Medina: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Medina mi-DY-na is a city in Medina County, Ohio. The population was 26,678 at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Medina County.

Worthington, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,442
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 31.9%
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.

Avon Lake, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,489
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 31.3%
More on Avon Lake: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Avon Lake is a city in Lorain County, Ohio, United States, located on Lake Erie. The population was 22,581 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Review Of Avon Lake by HomeSnacks User

Great place to grow up with very good schools. Tight community that has grown rapidly. Everyone seems to know each other and a lot of effort is put into keeping the community safe and pleasant.

Going down to the lake is a favorite activity for locals. Friday night football is also a big deal in this town. Not many food options, but the surrounding communities offer more in the way of restaurants and shopping. It is a bedroom community.

Brecksville, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,522
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 28.4%
More on Brecksville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brecksville is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a suburb in the Greater Cleveland area. The city’s population was 13,656 at the 2010 census.

Upper Arlington, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,943
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 34.6%
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.

Delaware, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 38,193
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 33.5%
More on Delaware: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Delaware is a city in and the county seat of Delaware County, Ohio, United States. Delaware was founded in 1808 and was incorporated in 1816. It is located near the center of Ohio, is about 30 miles north of Columbus, and is part of the Columbus, Ohio Metropolitan Area. The population was 34,753 at the 2010 census, while the Columbus-Marion-Chillicothe, OH Combined Statistical Area has 2,002,604 people.

Hudson, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,250
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 36.5%
More on Hudson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Coordinates: 411423N 812627W 41.2398397; -81.4407840

Sylvania, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,857
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Toledo
Households with kids: 29.4%
More on Sylvania: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sylvania is a city in Lucas County, Ohio, United States. The population was 18,965 at the 2010 census. Sylvania is a suburb of Toledo. Its northern border is the southern border of the State of Michigan.

New Philadelphia, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,408
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 23.8%
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.

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. Austintown
  2. Norwood
  3. Trotwood

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Ohio

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Perrysburg, OH 21,327 47
2 Medina, OH 26,348 62
3 Worthington, OH 14,442 44
4 Avon Lake, OH 23,489 59
5 Brecksville, OH 13,522 61
6 Upper Arlington, OH 34,943 53
7 Delaware, OH 38,193 50
8 Hudson, OH 22,250 56
9 Sylvania, OH 18,857 34
10 New Philadelphia, OH 17,408 58
11 Mason, OH 32,317 52
12 Westerville, OH 38,604 65
13 Amherst, OH 12,086 56
14 Twinsburg, OH 18,849 37
15 New Albany, OH 10,253 48
16 Pickerington, OH 19,634 34
17 Ashland, OH 20,348 37
18 Vermilion, OH 10,538 54
19 Fremont, OH 16,265 67
20 North Canton, OH 17,400 62
21 Powell, OH 12,658 49
22 Marietta, OH 13,795 69
23 Hilliard, OH 34,386 43
24 Bellefontaine, OH 13,418 58
25 Broadview Heights, OH 19,262 41
26 Montgomery, OH 10,587 46
27 Tiffin, OH 17,638 55
28 Solon, OH 23,068 45
29 Urbana, OH 11,519 62
30 Westlake, OH 32,387 36
31 Dublin, OH 44,442 57
32 Wickliffe, OH 12,712 33
33 Defiance, OH 16,848 38
34 Troy, OH 25,694 54
35 Berea, OH 18,934 53
36 Salem, OH 11,939 48
37 Parma, OH 79,871 85
38 Dover, OH 12,826 60
39 Blue Ash, OH 12,096 58
40 Bowling Green, OH 31,529 69
41 Ironton, OH 11,030 65
42 North Ridgeville, OH 32,443 51
43 Wadsworth, OH 22,843 32
44 Bexley, OH 13,659 35
45 Kent, OH 29,771 39
46 Cambridge, OH 10,491 48
47 Aurora, OH 15,766 38
48 Springboro, OH 18,084 49
49 Xenia, OH 26,193 41
50 Loveland, OH 12,884 54
51 Wilmington, OH 12,396 38
52 Harrison, OH 11,093 47
53 Lancaster, OH 39,732 48
54 Brunswick, OH 34,658 58
55 Van Wert, OH 10,946 50
56 Marion, OH 36,399 60
57 Eastlake, OH 18,284 50
58 London, OH 10,087 58
59 Zanesville, OH 25,378 45
60 Elyria, OH 53,944 59
61 University Heights, OH 13,201 53
62 Stow, OH 34,743 33
63 Macedonia, OH 11,715 38
64 Alliance, OH 22,036 57
65 Clayton, OH 13,187 33
66 Chillicothe, OH 21,598 78
67 Circleville, OH 13,780 42
68 Hamilton, OH 62,216 56
69 Steubenville, OH 18,194 50
70 Strongsville, OH 44,711 54
71 Gahanna, OH 34,691 42
72 Miamisburg, OH 20,042 43
73 Seven Hills, OH 11,694 60
74 Maumee, OH 13,917 31
75 Sandusky, OH 25,139 57
76 Canton, OH 71,763 77
77 Mayfield Heights, OH 18,841 38
78 Mentor, OH 46,933 59
79 Fairview Park, OH 16,432 57
80 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 49,329 49
81 Centerville, OH 23,847 34
82 North Olmsted, OH 32,007 37
83 Galion, OH 10,169 51
84 Warren, OH 40,244 44
85 Euclid, OH 47,698 48
86 Piqua, OH 20,793 59
87 Lima, OH 37,592 55
88 Findlay, OH 41,237 56
89 Tallmadge, OH 17,506 50
90 Cincinnati, OH 298,957 100
91 Lorain, OH 63,731 45
92 Wooster, OH 26,723 68
93 Reynoldsburg, OH 37,189 30
94 Sidney, OH 20,777 39
95 Mount Vernon, OH 16,681 45
96 Forest Park, OH 18,675 30
97 Monroe, OH 13,946 32
98 Lyndhurst, OH 13,678 42
99 Fairfield, OH 42,589 40
100 Streetsboro, OH 16,305 41

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