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

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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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Perrysburg, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

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.

Worthington, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,155
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
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.

Hudson, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,282
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 38.0%
More on Hudson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Coordinates: 411423N 812627W 41.2398397; -81.4407840

Marysville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,860
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
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.

Lebanon, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,536
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
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.

New Philadelphia, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,412
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
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.

Westerville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 38,089
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
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.

Upper Arlington, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,675
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
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.

Mason, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 32,025
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
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.

Pickerington, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,379
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 49.6%
More on Pickerington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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

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