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
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.
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2. Upper Arlington
Median Income: $100,077
Median Home Value: $317,811
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.
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3. Harrison West
Median Income: $71,810
Median Home Value: $255,600
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.
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Median Income: $63,040
Median Home Value: $284,750
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.
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5. Victorican Village
Median Income: $60,330
Median Home Value: $278,525
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.
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Median Income: $62,444
Median Home Value: $253,957
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.
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Median Income: $85,381
Median Home Value: $223,153
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.
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Median Income: $74,325
Median Home Value: $198,503
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’.
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Median Income: $69,474
Median Home Value: $172,298
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.
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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
For more reading, check out:
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|