These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Columbus, OH For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Columbus are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Columbus, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Columbus neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Columbus are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Columbus for 2018:

  1. Bexley (Homes)
  2. Upper Arlington (Homes)
  3. Harrison West (Homes)
  4. Brewery (Homes)
  5. Victorican Village (Homes)
  6. Southside (Homes)
  7. Worthington (Homes)
  8. Clintonville (Homes)
  9. Northwest (Homes)
  10. Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Columbus that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Columbus.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Columbus for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Columbus, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 39 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Columbus.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Bexley.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Columbus has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Bexley

Population: 13,237
Median Income: $108,924
Median Home Value: $314,783

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2. Upper Arlington

Population: 42,856
Median Income: $100,077
Median Home Value: $317,811

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3. Harrison West

Population: 1,405
Median Income: $71,810
Median Home Value: $255,600

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4. Brewery

Population: 1,977
Median Income: $63,040
Median Home Value: $284,750

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5. Victorican Village

Population: 4,069
Median Income: $60,330
Median Home Value: $278,525

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6. Southside

Population: 5,623
Median Income: $62,444
Median Home Value: $253,957

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7. Worthington

Population: 13,932
Median Income: $85,381
Median Home Value: $223,153

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8. Clintonville

Population: 30,307
Median Income: $74,325
Median Home Value: $198,503

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9. Northwest

Population: 78,093
Median Income: $69,474
Median Home Value: $172,298

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10. Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord

Population: 7,668
Median Income: $74,986
Median Home Value: $171,700

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Columbus

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Columbus where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Columbus:

  1. Weinland Park
  2. University
  3. Southwest

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Columbus

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Bexley 13,237 $314,783 1,837 3.3%
2 Upper Arlington 42,856 $317,811 1,837 3.0%
3 Harrison West 1,405 $255,600 1,837 4.0%
4 Brewery 1,977 $284,750 1,837 1.5%
5 Victorican Village 4,069 $278,525 1,837 4.4%
6 Southside 5,623 $253,957 1,837 3.0%
7 Worthington 13,932 $223,153 1,837 2.9%
8 Clintonville 30,307 $198,503 2,046 3.0%
9 Northwest 78,093 $172,298 2,884 3.6%
10 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 7,668 $171,700 1,992 1.7%
11 Far North 33,121 $207,181 1,997 4.2%
12 South Alum Creek 5,069 $96,575 5,546 12.8%
13 West Columbus Interim 51,901 $160,882 3,395 4.1%
14 Downtown 7,789 $257,971 1,837 4.4%
15 Italian Village 2,621 $210,633 1,837 6.0%
16 Near East 16,994 $106,067 5,643 12.1%
17 Northland 114,406 $123,056 4,556 5.4%
18 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 4,484 $152,667 3,051 2.2%
19 Brice-Tussing 25,788 $115,680 5,001 5.3%
20 Southeast 19,784 $117,020 4,906 5.0%
21 North Linden 26,565 $83,441 5,876 7.7%
22 Near Southside 17,087 $73,262 6,454 13.6%
23 Milo Grogan 1,687 $63,420 7,203 17.9%
24 Westland 34,827 $115,900 5,140 6.1%
25 Tri-South 4,211 $69,883 5,916 9.2%
26 South Central Accord 2,264 $148,700 4,817 8.9%
27 Greater Hilltop 64,288 $78,971 6,278 7.8%
28 North Central 9,304 $65,190 6,576 12.4%
29 Olentangy River Road 3,968 $85,300 5,951 3.7%
30 Far South 13,541 $80,477 6,049 5.7%
31 South Linden 8,900 $55,180 7,167 15.2%
32 Whitehall 18,703 $77,979 6,047 8.8%
33 Northeast 28,216 $91,389 6,061 9.0%
34 Franklinton 8,002 $41,233 7,345 15.4%
35 South Side 15,217 $78,536 6,133 8.4%
36 Fort Columbus Airport 3,259 $44,525 7,050 8.9%
37 Southwest 20,011 $76,300 6,409 6.4%
38 University 34,233 $75,319 6,499 5.4%
39 Weinland Park 5,155 $53,967 7,280 8.2%

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