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, here are the 10 best suburbs around Columbus:
- Grandview Heights (Photos)
- Bexley (Photos)
- Powell (Photos)
- Worthington (Photos)
- Upper Arlington (Photos)
- Dublin (Photos)
- Westerville (Photos)
- Gahanna (Photos)
- Hilliard (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Grandview Heights, 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.
How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Columbus
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
Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Columbus, Oh Urbanized Area.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 18 suburbs to evaluate around Columbus.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 18 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, Grandview Heights.
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.
1. Grandview Heights
Population: 6,836Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $262,700
Median Income: $82,007
Population: 13,286Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $275,000
Median Income: $93,893
Population: 12,012Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $335,800
Median Income: $136,250
Population: 13,727Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $241,000
Median Income: $87,842
5. Upper Arlington
Population: 34,191Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $317,200
Median Income: $100,736
Population: 42,378Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $334,900
Median Income: $117,860
Population: 37,101Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $205,400
Median Income: $81,763
Population: 33,786Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $186,800
Median Income: $73,583
Population: 4,639Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $161,800
Median Income: $67,578
Population: 30,815Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $207,100
Median Income: $88,203
Welcome to the ‘Burbs
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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