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:
- Union County (Photos)
- Medina County (Photos)
- Auglaize County (Photos)
- Geauga County (Photos)
- Warren County (Photos)
- Delaware County (Photos)
- Lake County (Photos)
- Wood County (Photos)
- Henry County (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
1. Union County
7. Lake County
8. Wood County
9. Henry County
10. Fulton County
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:
- Gallia County
- Ross County
- Lucas County
For more Ohio reading, check out:
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- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Ohio