THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Columbus For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Columbus.
Best Neighborhoods In Columbus

Is your current neighborhood safe? Do you like your neighborhood? If you answered "NO" to any one of those questions, you should really think about moving to one of Columbus' best neighborhoods -- the best Ohio has to offer.

Yes, you can thank The Discovery City for the very first Wendy's and The Ohio State University; and after you take a look at the top ten best neighborhoods in Columbus for 2020 below, you can thank HomeSnacks.

To get a list of the best neighborhoods in Columbus we looked at the latest census report for the median income and median home price for each one of Columbus' 39 neighborhoods. Our thinking, more expensive homes draw people with higher incomes and that usually translates to better neighborhoods. For example, to live in Columbus' best neighborhood, you're going to have to make at least $51,468.769230769234/year to afford the $140,751.92307692306 homes in this area. And while this is normally the case, there are some exceptions to the rule: in Columbus' Northwest neighborhood, you only need to make $51,468.769230769234/year to afford the $140,751.92307692306 price tag for a home.

And because we can't make a top ten list of best neighborhoods in any city without looking at things like crime, unemployment rates and fun stuff to do, we looked at those things, too. Unfortunately, Columbus' crime rate is 54% above the national average, but you won't find those numbers in Columbus' best neighborhoods. Cowtown's best hoods have recorded crime numbers well below the national average and their unemployment rates are following the same lead. This is quite impressive for a city that's actually one of the most populous cities in America.

This sounds like a perfect living situation to us, so grab a frosty, find a sunny spot in one of Victorian Village's parks, and scroll down to pick a neighborhood from Columbus' stellar top ten list.

We're pretty sure that if we asked the Columbusites who currently reside in the best neighborhoods in Columbus why they think their neighborhood is top notch, we would hear things like: "There's nothing like walking with a couple of friendly neighbors down to the Columbus Brew Fest every year from Italian Village" and/or "There's nothing like kicking back with a latte at one of the cafes in the Clintonville neighborhood." Sounds pretty fun, right?

So, want to know the number one neighborhood in Columbus? According to the latest data, that would be Bexley.

Want to know the other Columbus neighborhoods that are super safe, affordable, and super fun? Take a look below; and if you don't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus

Bexley Columbus, OH

Population: 13,485
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $337,683 (First best)
Median Income: $114,868 (First best)
More on Bexley: Homes For Sale | Data

Bexley is a suburban city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The population was 13,057 at the 2010 census. Founded as a village over a hundred years ago, the city of Bexley is an old, tree-lined suburb of Columbus, the Ohio state capital, situated on the banks of Alum Creek next to Driving Park and Wolfe Park, just east of the Franklin Park Conservatory. It is horizontally bisected by the National Road, serving as a reminder of Bexley's origins as a merger between the prestigious Bullitt Park neighborhood to the north, and the Lutheran college community of Pleasant Ridge to the south.

Population: 43,520
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $335,316 (Second best)
Median Income: $102,607 (Second best)
More on Upper Arlington: Homes For Sale | Data

Upper Arlington was founded by the real estate developers Ben and King Thompson, who purchased most of the farmland that was to become Upper Arlington in 1913. This land was directly adjacent to the Marble Cliff Quarry Co. They originally wanted to call it the "Country Club District" after the Country Club development in Kansas City, but by 1917, the community became known as "Upper Arlington", in reference to its southern neighbor of Arlington. The Upper Arlington Company was incorporated that year and operated out of a field office built on the former Miller farm; that building is presently the Miller Park branch of the Upper Arlington Library.

Population: 1,347
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $254,550 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $79,066 (Fifth best)
More on Harrison West: Homes For Sale | Data

Harrison West is a historic, urban neighborhood located northwest of downtown Columbus, Ohio. It sits on several-blocks along the Olentangy River, and is the western part of the Near Northside Historic District. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The character of the neighborhood is similar to Victorian Village, which sits just to the east and is a little more well-known.

Victorican Village Columbus, OH

Population: 3,989
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $264,575 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $69,438 (12th best)
More on Victorican Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Victorian Village is a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, United States, north and near west of downtown. It is an older area with a fair number of established trees for an urban setting. To preserve, protect and enhance the unique architectural and historical features, the Victorian Village Historic District was established in 1973. Columbus Monthly named this neighborhood the top place to live for Arts and Entertainment, with fun right around the corner in the Short North as its neighborhood hangout.

Clintonville Columbus, OH

Population: 30,675
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $209,483 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $76,688 (Seventh best)
More on Clintonville: Homes For Sale | Data

Clintonville is a neighborhood in north-central Columbus, Ohio, United States with around 30,000 residents. Clintonville is an informal neighborhood. The southern border is loosely defined as the center of the Glen Echo Ravine. To the east, either Interstate 71 or the adjacent railroad tracks are commonly accepted. The western boundary is the Olentangy River. The northern border of Clintonville is the most ambiguous, with definitions anywhere in the 3 mi stretch from Cooke Road to the southern border of Worthington. The Clintonville Area Commission boundaries, as established by Columbus City Code, are "bounded on the south by the centerline of the Glen Echo Ravine; on the east by the centerline of the railroad right-of-way immediately east of Indianola Avenue; on the north by the Worthington city limits and on the west by the Olentangy River; each line extended as necessary so as to intersect with adjacent boundaries".

Southside Columbus, OH

Population: 5,487
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $271,671 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $75,000 (Ninth best)
More on Southside: Homes For Sale | Data

South Columbus also referred to as the "South Side" or the "South End", consists of numerous urban and suburban areas south of Downtown Columbus, Ohio, United States. It is part of the native Columbus geographical terminology of the large residential urban communities outside Downtown, including German Village and the Brewery District. South Columbus is defined as the entire southeastern portion of Columbus, bordered by the Scioto River to the west, bounded by Interstate 70 to the north, and includes the southern city limit municipalities beyond the I-270 outerbelt, such as Groveport, Lockbourne, Obetz,and the Rickenbacker International Airport.

Population: 14,074
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $235,220 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $87,419 (Third best)
More on Worthington: Homes For Sale | Data

Worthington is an affluent city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States, and is a northern suburb of the larger Columbus. The population was 13,575 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1803 by the Scioto Company led by James Kilbourne, who was later elected to the United States House of Representatives, and named in honor of Thomas Worthington, who later became governor of Ohio.

Brewery Columbus, OH

Population: 1,967
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $331,050 (Third best)
Median Income: $75,120 (Eighth best)
More on Brewery: Homes For Sale | Data

The Brewery District, traditionally known as the Old German Brewing District., is a neighborhood located in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Located just south of the central business district and west of German Village, it is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north, South Pearl Street on the east, Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and the Scioto River on the west.

Northwest Columbus, OH

Population: 79,502
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $176,663 (13th best)
Median Income: $71,352 (11th best)
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

Northwest Columbus is a geographic region located in the northwest region of Franklin County, Ohio. The Northwest Civic Association, founded in 1967, acts as the commission of this area. It is bounded by the Scioto River on the west, the Olentangy River on the east, State Route 161 on the north, and Highland Drive and Henderson Road on the south. Northwest Columbus includes parts of Perry Township and Sharon Township, the City of Dublin, and the City of Worthington. Slightly more than 45,000 citizens live within this area according to the 2010 U.S. census.

Population: 2,937
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $244,800 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $61,624 (13th best)
More on Italian Village: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Columbus, OH Neighborhoods In 2020

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 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, Ohio has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Columbus

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Columbus aren't all good. Franklinton takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Columbus.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Bexley 13,485 $337,683 $114,868
2 Upper Arlington 43,520 $335,316 $102,607
3 Harrison West 1,347 $254,550 $79,066
4 Victorican Village 3,989 $264,575 $69,438
5 Clintonville 30,675 $209,483 $76,688
6 Southside 5,487 $271,671 $75,000
7 Worthington 14,074 $235,220 $87,419
8 Brewery 1,967 $331,050 $75,120
9 Northwest 79,502 $176,663 $71,352
10 Italian Village 2,937 $244,800 $61,624
11 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 8,709 $186,386 $80,400
12 Far North 33,986 $189,350 $77,465
13 Downtown 8,760 $256,457 $44,875
14 West Columbus Interim 53,633 $162,432 $72,645
15 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 5,558 $129,933 $50,635
16 Northland 122,528 $123,442 $54,666
17 Southeast 20,601 $111,900 $53,235
18 Brice-Tussing 27,035 $113,760 $51,585
19 North Linden 27,282 $77,991 $38,485
20 Westland 36,756 $113,830 $49,688
21 Near East 17,159 $93,138 $32,468
22 University 35,689 $77,338 $28,806
23 Greater Hilltop 65,257 $74,258 $37,375
24 Whitehall 18,878 $77,695 $39,753
25 South Central Accord 2,511 $151,800 $53,556
26 Northeast 29,406 $81,032 $34,150
27 Weinland Park 5,611 $76,000 $18,133
28 Far South 13,301 $78,615 $39,897
29 South Alum Creek 4,981 $95,450 $49,726
30 Southwest 19,909 $74,712 $38,392
31 South Side 14,750 $75,823 $33,791
32 Near Southside 16,697 $58,285 $29,952
33 North Central 9,534 $64,230 $31,482
34 Tri-South 4,051 $65,500 $33,916
35 South Linden 8,700 $49,420 $21,602
36 Olentangy River Road 3,967 $28,529 $23,333
37 Fort Columbus Airport 3,184 $31,675 $28,221
38 Milo Grogan 1,513 $76,300 $24,311
39 Franklinton 7,306 $33,033 $21,557

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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