These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Columbus


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:

  1. Bexley
  2. Upper Arlington
  3. Victorican Village
  4. Southside
  5. Harrison West
  6. Worthington
  7. Clintonville
  8. Brewery
  9. Northwest
  10. Far North

Read on to see how we determined the places around Columbus that deserve a little bragging rights. Would you rahter live outside of the city? Check out the best suburbs around Columbus.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Columbus?

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.

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1. Bexley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,073
Median Home Price: $328,992
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,921
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

2. Upper Arlington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,378
Median Home Price: $311,955
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,921
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

3. Victorican Village

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,209
Median Home Price: $279,000
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,921
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

4. Southside

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,517
Median Home Price: $257,029
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,921
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%

5. Harrison West

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,296
Median Home Price: $267,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,921
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

6. Worthington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,438
Median Home Price: $225,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,921
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

7. Clintonville

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,155
Median Home Price: $204,503
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,147
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

8. Brewery

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,892
Median Home Price: $299,250
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,921
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%

9. Northwest

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,442
Median Home Price: $184,416
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,889
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

10. Far North

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,633
Median Home Price: $215,594
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,082
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

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. Milo Grogan
  2. Franklinton
  3. Fort Columbus Airport

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Columbus

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Bexley 1 13,073 $328,992 1,921 3.6%
Upper Arlington 2 42,378 $311,955 1,921 2.6%
Victorican Village 3 4,209 $279,000 1,921 3.6%
Southside 4 5,517 $257,029 1,921 1.5%
Harrison West 5 1,296 $267,600 1,921 4.1%
Worthington 6 13,438 $225,600 1,921 3.0%
Clintonville 7 29,155 $204,503 2,147 3.3%
Brewery 8 1,892 $299,250 1,921 2.0%
Northwest 9 75,442 $184,416 2,889 3.7%
Far North 10 30,633 $215,594 2,082 4.0%
Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 11 6,566 $175,500 2,350 3.1%
West Columbus Interim 12 51,415 $162,896 3,697 4.8%
Northland 13 109,831 $143,641 4,479 5.2%
Brice-Tussing 14 26,595 $126,460 5,064 4.8%
Downtown 15 6,793 $237,083 1,921 6.8%
University 16 34,393 $169,694 5,229 5.6%
Italian Village 17 2,625 $209,300 2,115 9.2%
Mckinley Avenue Corridor 18 5,544 $137,700 4,275 4.0%
Southeast 19 18,541 $125,660 5,021 6.1%
Westland 20 34,363 $125,711 5,190 5.6%
North Linden 21 25,178 $87,626 6,183 7.2%
Greater Hilltop 22 66,390 $90,580 6,333 9.1%
Near East 23 16,754 $128,048 5,530 13.8%
Whitehall 24 18,471 $99,471 5,987 9.4%
South Central Accord 25 2,252 $145,500 5,380 7.4%
Olentangy River Road 26 3,652 $153,500 5,517 4.1%
Far South 27 12,673 $87,031 6,221 6.6%
Northeast 28 26,943 $98,811 6,282 9.6%
Near Southside 29 16,646 $79,912 6,624 12.3%
South Alum Creek 30 5,199 $108,575 5,685 13.7%
Weinland Park 31 5,115 $73,925 7,510 9.3%
Southwest 32 19,080 $81,740 6,603 8.4%
Tri-South 33 3,718 $79,483 6,489 8.6%
South Side 34 15,370 $85,410 6,581 9.7%
South Linden 35 8,727 $60,400 7,538 12.9%
North Central 36 8,510 $73,370 6,658 15.3%
Fort Columbus Airport 37 3,535 $51,067 7,007 15.1%
Franklinton 38 9,053 $54,520 7,621 17.5%
Milo Grogan 39 1,396 $51,700 7,608 20.8%

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