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 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Ohio.

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Ohio isn’t just any flyover Midwest state, it’s actually one of the most safe, family friendly states in the USA.

Ask any Ohioan and they will tell you that there’s a ton of family friendly activities everywhere you turn, here. The Buckeye State is just one big playground for little kids and big kids alike.

If you’re looking for a state with affordable, family friendly staycations, Ohio is your place. There are 74 State Parks and 8 National Parks that dot Ohio’s landscape. Amusement parks like Kings Island and Cedar Rapids can keep your family entertained for an entire weekend. If museums and zoos are more your style, check out the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Cumberland’s Wild Animal Safari Park, and/or the Akron Art Museum.

There are 253 breweries and 70 wineries in Ohio. So after you drop your kids at one of Ohio’s day or overnight summer camps, you and your significant other can enjoy a break as well. Summers never end in this Great Lake State. #Score

In all seriousness, Ohio has some of the best schools in the country. Blue ribbon elementary schools, gold star high schools, and colleges like Ohio State, Miami of Ohio, and Xavier, have been delivering the next generation to work at major Ohio companies like Procter & Gamble, Good Year, and AK Steel.

Ohio is the 34th largest state and the seventh most populous state in the country. There’s a family friendly living situation for everyone in this state. There are port cities on Lake Erie that provide safe neighborhoods and suburb living. There are quaint, affluent cities like Worthington that look like they jumped out of a postcard. And cities like Sylvania, provide solitude and good ‘ol country livin’.

To take a closer look at the top 10 cities on our Family Friendly Ohio cities for 2019, grab your family, a Skyline Chili-dog, and head to a sunny spot on the Ohio River and read on.

To narrow down the most family friendly cities in Ohio, we looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities and percent of households that currently have children. The cities also had to have a population of at least 10,000.

We ended up with 141 said family friendly cities. Needless to say, it was quite difficult to narrow down the most family friendly city in Ohio for 2019.

Drum roll…kudos to Perrysburg for taking the number one spot.

More importantly, if you care about your family living where crime is low, schools are awesome, great jobs are plentiful, and there’s a ton of stuff to do, look below at our top ten list to find your new family friendly Ohio city to call home.

Or, check out some more reading about Ohio and the best places for families in the country:

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

Perrysburg, OH

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Population: 21,327
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Toledo
Households with kids: 32.4%
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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

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Population: 26,348
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 33.1%
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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

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Population: 14,442
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 31.9%
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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

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Population: 23,489
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 31.3%
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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

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Population: 13,522
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 28.4%
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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

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Population: 34,943
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 34.6%
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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

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Population: 38,193
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 33.5%
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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

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Population: 22,250
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 36.5%
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Coordinates: 411423N 812627W 41.2398397; -81.4407840

Sylvania, OH

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Population: 18,857
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Toledo
Households with kids: 29.4%
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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

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Population: 17,408
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 23.8%
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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.

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.

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:

What Are The Best Places For Families In Ohio?

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

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