These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Ohio For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Ohio have the most for people looking to make the move to Ohio.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Ohio a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Ohio.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Buckeye State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Ohio, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 80 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Buckeye State for 2018:

  1. Union County (Photos)
  2. Medina County (Photos)
  3. Auglaize County (Photos)
  4. Geauga County (Photos)
  5. Warren County (Photos)
  6. Delaware County (Photos)
  7. Lake County (Photos)
  8. Wood County (Photos)
  9. Henry County (Photos)
  10. Fulton County (Photos)

Union County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Ohio. And you might want to avoid Gallia County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Ohio, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Ohio and the best places to raise a family in Ohio.

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How do you determine which Ohio county is the best?

To give you the best county in Ohio, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Ohio across each of the criteria from one to 80, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Ohio’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Buckeye State.

Read on to see why Union County is the best county, while Gallia County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Ohio.

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1. Union County

Dublin, OH

Biggest Place: Dublin
Population: 53,955
Median Income: $71,282 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $174,300 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (3rd best)
More on Union County: PhotosData

2. Medina County

Lodi, OH

Biggest Place: Brunswick
Population: 175,543
Median Income: $69,319 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $182,100 (24th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (6th best)
More on Medina County: PhotosData

3. Auglaize County

Minster, OH

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Wapakoneta
Population: 45,871
Median Income: $55,914 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $138,700 (40th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (4th best)
More on Auglaize County: PhotosData

4. Geauga County

Middlefield, OH

Biggest Place: Chardon
Population: 94,020
Median Income: $74,165 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $221,500 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (4th best)
More on Geauga County: PhotosData

5. Warren County

Blanchester, OH

Biggest Place: Middletown
Population: 222,184
Median Income: $76,200 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $196,200 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (10th best)
More on Warren County: PhotosData

6. Delaware County

Columbus, OH

Biggest Place: Columbus
Population: 188,996
Median Income: $94,234 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $267,600 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (1st best)
More on Delaware County: PhotosData

7. Lake County

Eastlake, OH

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Mentor
Population: 229,266
Median Income: $59,958 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $149,300 (36th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (13th best)
More on Lake County: PhotosData

8. Wood County

Bowling Green, OH

Biggest Place: Bowling Green
Population: 129,418
Median Income: $55,985 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $149,100 (37th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (29th best)
More on Wood County: PhotosData

9. Henry County

Napoleon, OH

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Napoleon
Population: 27,890
Median Income: $54,941 (18th best)
Median Home Price: $113,600 (62nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (13th best)
More on Henry County: PhotosData

10. Fulton County

Archbold, OH

Biggest Place: Wauseon
Population: 42,466
Median Income: $55,860 (17th best)
Median Home Price: $131,100 (47th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (27th best)
More on Fulton County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Ohio To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Ohio can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Ohio according to the data:

  1. Gallia County
  2. Ross County
  3. Lucas County

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Ohio

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Union County 1 53,955 $71,282 $174,300
Medina County 2 175,543 $69,319 $182,100
Auglaize County 3 45,871 $55,914 $138,700
Geauga County 4 94,020 $74,165 $221,500
Warren County 5 222,184 $76,200 $196,200
Delaware County 6 188,996 $94,234 $267,600
Lake County 7 229,266 $59,958 $149,300
Wood County 8 129,418 $55,985 $149,100
Henry County 9 27,890 $54,941 $113,600
Fulton County 10 42,466 $55,860 $131,100
Ottawa County 11 40,981 $54,580 $144,200
Greene County 12 164,325 $61,116 $161,600
Seneca County 13 55,711 $48,415 $97,000
Clermont County 14 201,092 $61,265 $159,100
Van Wert County 15 28,501 $50,547 $98,900
Fairfield County 16 150,163 $61,473 $164,400
Shelby County 17 48,949 $56,169 $134,400
Wyandot County 18 22,359 $50,723 $111,500
Madison County 19 43,537 $58,326 $150,900
Portage County 20 161,796 $52,427 $150,400
Preble County 21 41,561 $51,356 $116,600
Champaign County 22 39,175 $53,673 $124,400
Belmont County 23 69,228 $44,719 $94,300
Miami County 24 103,864 $53,432 $137,600
Washington County 25 61,154 $44,763 $114,000
Licking County 26 169,762 $57,571 $153,900
Holmes County 27 43,702 $53,619 $170,500
Williams County 28 37,270 $45,044 $95,200
Pickaway County 29 56,804 $58,706 $150,100
Tuscarawas County 30 92,579 $46,992 $114,400
Defiance County 31 38,488 $50,822 $109,400
Erie County 32 75,808 $48,276 $130,900
Butler County 33 373,638 $59,652 $159,800
Logan County 34 45,388 $51,136 $124,400
Lorain County 35 304,091 $53,459 $138,600
Coshocton County 36 36,665 $43,380 $97,100
Darke County 37 52,185 $47,043 $112,100
Sandusky County 38 59,870 $49,032 $111,300
Knox County 39 60,878 $48,619 $135,600
Huron County 40 58,704 $48,838 $117,000
Harrison County 41 15,521 $44,000 $85,300
Summit County 42 541,372 $51,562 $134,300
Wayne County 43 115,747 $51,363 $136,400
Clinton County 44 41,854 $48,675 $121,700
Stark County 45 374,762 $48,714 $124,000
Hamilton County 46 805,965 $50,399 $143,700
Ashland County 47 53,343 $48,509 $120,700
Franklin County 48 1,232,118 $54,037 $153,100
Crawford County 49 42,485 $40,563 $85,200
Mahoning County 50 233,015 $41,872 $98,300
Brown County 51 44,059 $47,999 $116,500
Columbiana County 52 105,230 $45,389 $104,100
Trumbull County 53 204,908 $43,811 $99,400
Marion County 54 65,620 $43,557 $93,400
Jefferson County 55 67,607 $42,327 $87,100
Hardin County 56 31,652 $44,842 $93,500
Carroll County 57 28,108 $48,545 $113,300
Vinton County 58 13,128 $41,080 $84,100
Morgan County 59 14,857 $38,941 $91,400
Pike County 60 28,298 $41,128 $97,800
Guernsey County 61 39,478 $41,566 $98,600
Lawrence County 62 61,503 $44,256 $101,600
Meigs County 63 23,345 $39,640 $86,300
Athens County 64 65,103 $34,221 $113,900
Adams County 65 28,111 $34,709 $94,300
Hocking County 66 28,690 $43,382 $114,400
Perry County 67 35,947 $43,674 $96,100
Richland County 68 121,888 $42,849 $102,600
Allen County 69 104,664 $45,575 $107,500
Jackson County 70 32,717 $40,330 $90,800
Cuyahoga County 71 1,258,710 $45,289 $122,200
Fayette County 72 28,719 $41,954 $107,100
Muskingum County 73 85,991 $42,464 $110,500
Montgomery County 74 532,761 $45,394 $109,600
Ashtabula County 75 99,175 $41,158 $104,700
Highland County 76 43,109 $40,593 $102,300
Clark County 77 136,175 $44,154 $103,200
Lucas County 78 434,800 $42,917 $105,500
Ross County 79 77,193 $44,587 $111,700
Gallia County 80 30,376 $39,423 $101,200

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