These Are The 10 Best Columbus Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 33 places around Columbus to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Columbus suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Columbus are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Powell, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Columbus ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Columbus for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Columbus was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Columbus.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 33 suburbs to evaluate around Columbus.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 33 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Columbus.” We’re lookin’ at you, Powell.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Powell, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,658
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $139,851
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
More on Powell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Powell is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Columbus area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Powell.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $139,851 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Columbus region. And only 3.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $359,400 each.

Grandview Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,377
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,806
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Grandview Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grandview Heights is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Columbus for 2019.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 4.4% of residents lack insurance, good for 14th best.

Review Of Grandview Heights by HomeSnacks User

Crime was low overall and this small city is located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio but has it’s own police department.

The abundance of great places to eat and socialize make this city a spectacular place to live. There are no less than three awesome coffee shops with great coffees and food.

Upper Arlington, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,943
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $110,397
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Upper Arlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Upper Arlington, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Columbus metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Upper Arlington.

Dublin, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 44,442
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $128,916
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Dublin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dublin ranks as the 4th best suburb of Columbus for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Dublin and the schools are some of the best around.

Granville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,721
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $94,688
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Granville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Granville.

Granville gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Columbus area, where houses sell for an average of $346,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Worthington, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,442
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $98,784
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Worthington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Worthington is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.9% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Worthington is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Columbus area, meaning you need to get in soon.

New Albany, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,253
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $187,200
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on New Albany: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to New Albany.

New Albany schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 12.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Bexley, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,659
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $104,796
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
More on Bexley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bexley is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.6% of people lack insurance, good for 3rd in the area.

Hilliard, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 34,386
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $95,742
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Hilliard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Hilliard?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Westerville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 38,604
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $86,466
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Westerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Westerville.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Columbus ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Columbus, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Columbus Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Powell 12,658 $139,851
2 Grandview Heights 7,377 $98,806
3 Upper Arlington 34,943 $110,397
4 Dublin 44,442 $128,916
5 Granville 5,721 $94,688
6 Worthington 14,442 $98,784
7 New Albany 10,253 $187,200
8 Bexley 13,659 $104,796
9 Hilliard 34,386 $95,742
10 Westerville 38,604 $86,466
11 Sunbury 5,045 $72,888
12 Canal Winchester 7,986 $83,304
13 Gahanna 34,691 $78,854
14 Pickerington 19,634 $85,320
15 Delaware 38,193 $62,154
16 Marysville 22,924 $67,500
17 Reynoldsburg 37,189 $64,220
18 Groveport 5,563 $59,459
19 Ashville 4,095 $67,713
20 Pataskala 15,312 $71,469
21 Baltimore 2,963 $42,386
22 London 10,087 $53,007
23 Heath 10,542 $48,238
24 South Bloomfield 2,158 $61,058
25 West Jefferson 4,277 $57,802
26 Grove 6,791 $40,435
27 Lancaster 39,732 $40,235
28 Circleville 13,780 $41,492
29 Hebron 2,276 $38,702
30 Obetz 4,530 $51,077
31 Johnstown 19,967 $23,636
32 Whitehall 18,749 $37,864
33 Buckeye Lake 2,762 $41,397

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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