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.
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:
- Perrysburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Worthington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hudson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Marysville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lebanon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Westerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Upper Arlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mason (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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:
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.
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 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.
Coordinates: 411423N 812627W 41.2398397; -81.4407840
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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:
For more Ohio reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Ohio
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Ohio
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Ohio For 2018
Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Ohio