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: 48
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: 41
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: 38
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 38.0%
More on Hudson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Coordinates: 41°1423N 81°2627W / 41.2398397°N 81.4407840°W / 41.2398397; -81.4407840

4. Marysville

Marysville, OH

Population: 22,860
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
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: 49
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[citation needed], 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: 59
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 (114 km) south of Cleveland and 119 miles (192 km) 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: 40
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: 37
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 (35 km) 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: 60
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 53
2 Worthington 14,155 45
3 Hudson 22,282 44
4 Marysville 22,860 50
5 Lebanon 20,536 62
6 New Philadelphia 17,412 50
7 Westerville 38,089 61
8 Upper Arlington 34,675 59
9 Mason 32,025 59
10 Pickerington 19,379 37
11 Delaware 37,554 58
12 Brecksville 13,470 39
13 Amherst 12,058 52
14 Powell 12,436 34
15 Defiance 16,725 37
16 Fremont 16,388 55
17 North Canton 17,422 63
18 Twinsburg 18,851 57
19 Salem 12,071 53
20 Vermilion 10,491 47
21 Urbana 11,586 44
22 Ashland 20,419 40
23 Tiffin 17,701 61
24 Solon 23,085 34
25 Dublin 43,874 35
26 Montgomery 10,440 32
27 Hilliard 33,108 54
28 Parma 80,088 87
29 London 10,058 59
30 Bellefontaine 13,211 63
31 Troy 25,684 70
32 Bowling Green 31,641 52
33 Rocky River 20,211 48
34 Loveland 12,641 56
35 Bexley 13,534 57
36 Ironton 11,049 68
37 Xenia 26,105 47
38 Dover 12,886 43
39 North Ridgeville 31,832 48
40 Westlake 32,408 57
41 Marion 36,568 52
42 Berea 18,949 37
43 Wilmington 12,441 62
44 Springboro 17,978 51
45 Wadsworth 22,578 49
46 Alliance 22,121 64
47 Brunswick 34,578 56
48 Wickliffe 12,718 39
49 Kent 29,761 52
50 Zanesville 25,467 70
51 Lancaster 39,483 70
52 Gahanna 34,373 54
53 Harrison 10,522 34
54 Norwalk 16,862 37
55 Blue Ash 12,154 59
56 Circleville 13,761 59
57 Eastlake 18,342 33
58 Elyria 53,928 46
59 Stow 34,746 52
60 Sandusky 25,338 70
61 Macedonia 11,595 51
62 Chillicothe 21,748 49
63 University Heights 13,273 50
64 Franklin 11,802 36
65 Hamilton 62,259 56
66 Steubenville 18,305 69
67 Canton 72,163 80
68 Clayton 13,172 37
69 Strongsville 44,622 32
70 Van Wert 10,738 57
71 Norton 12,044 50
72 Streetsboro 16,224 53
73 Piqua 20,743 38
74 Mentor 46,896 63
75 Aurora 15,712 58
76 Seven Hills 11,697 49
77 Cambridge 10,495 65
78 Wooster 26,773 52
79 Miamisburg 20,069 32
80 Lakewood 50,866 49
81 Cincinnati 298,011 100
82 Centerville 23,899 54
83 Lima 37,836 49
84 Warren 40,433 60
85 Mansfield 46,902 52
86 Cuyahoga Falls 49,353 53
87 Forest Park 18,679 48
88 Toledo 280,854 74
89 Lyndhurst 13,736 54
90 Reynoldsburg 36,995 55
91 Sidney 20,761 59
92 South Euclid 21,865 47
93 Dayton 141,143 100
94 Middletown 48,527 50
95 Monroe 13,552 48
96 Cleveland 389,165 100
97 Fairview Park 16,473 44
98 Tallmadge 17,488 59
99 Galion 10,245 62
100 Oregon 20,137 38

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