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:
- Bexley (Homes)
- Upper Arlington (Homes)
- Harrison West (Homes)
- Brewery (Homes)
- Victorican Village (Homes)
- Southside (Homes)
- Worthington (Homes)
- Clintonville (Homes)
- Northwest (Homes)
- 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.
Median Income: $108,924
Median Home Value: $314,783
2. Upper Arlington
Median Income: $100,077
Median Home Value: $317,811
3. Harrison West
Median Income: $71,810
Median Home Value: $255,600
Median Income: $63,040
Median Home Value: $284,750
5. Victorican Village
Median Income: $60,330
Median Home Value: $278,525
Median Income: $62,444
Median Home Value: $253,957
Median Income: $85,381
Median Home Value: $223,153
Median Income: $74,325
Median Home Value: $198,503
Median Income: $69,474
Median Home Value: $172,298
10. Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord
Median Income: $74,986
Median Home Value: $171,700
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:
- Weinland Park
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Columbus
|10||Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord||7,668|
|12||South Alum Creek||5,069|
|13||West Columbus Interim||51,901|
|18||Mckinley Avenue Corridor||4,484|
|26||South Central Accord||2,264|
|29||Olentangy River Road||3,968|
|36||Fort Columbus Airport||3,259|