Where are the best places in the state of Ohio?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Buckeye State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Ohio.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 250 places in Ohio, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Grandview Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Upper Arlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Powell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Worthington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Montgomery (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bellbrook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pepper Pike (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Granville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dublin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Grandview Heights if you’re thinking of moving to Ohio — it’s the best the Buckeye State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Ohio.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Columbus with a population of 837,038 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 250 cities, 385 towns, and 482 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Ohio
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Ohio across a number of criteria from one to 250, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Ohio”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Ohio.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Grandview Heights at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Grandview Heights is a small little city within the greater Columbus area. Despite being so small, it has its own police and fire departments and its own school district. There’s low crime in Grandview Heights, and the residents here are gainfully employed.
You can make Grandview Heights your home for only $295,400.
When you’re looking at things from purely a scientific standpoint, Upper Arlington is by far, the best place in the state of Ohio.
We’re not saying that places where people are broke and homes lay vacant is a bad thing, inherently. But it’s certainly not desirable, right? Upper Arlington is the opposite of broke. The residents here earn way above the state average in household income, and the homes are almost the most expensive in the state. Plus, the unemployment rate is as close to zero as you can get.
This Columbus suburb has it made.
CNN once said Powell was one of the best places to live in the United States, and you can see why. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community in Powell
For example, they once put up a memorably successful fight to keep Walmart from opening up within their borders.
No wonder the population has grown 64% in the last 15 years. They can’t build homes fast enough here.
This tiny Cincinnati suburb has it made. Who can argue against a really low crime rate and great schools? If you love the Cincinnati lifestyle, but want to live in the burbs, you certainly can’t get much better than Wyoming
That is if you can afford it. Home prices have gone up here 7% to $305,900 and the cost of living is 17% higher than the national average.
The Town of Worthington might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Worthington isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $251,400 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Ohio.
If Worthington can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (2.8% is the 9th highest in the state.
If you live in Montgomery, perhaps you’ve bumped into Chris Sabo, the former Reds first baseman who has roots here. No wonder; Montgomery has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($108,469). And the crime is really, really low (55th lowest in Ohio).
Bellbrook takes 7th place on our list of best places in Ohio for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (19th overall) and things to do.
Bellbrook is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $160,200 at the median.
Pepper Pike is another great city in Ohio with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Pepper Pike. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”
Tiny Granville (population 5,725) packs a big punch when it comes to desirability in the state of Ohio.
It looks like the mayor has things going in the right direction: Crime is the 21st lowest in the state and incomes are the 18th highest. Top that off with the 4th most educated adult population and Granville won’t be staying tiny for much longer.
If you live in Dublin, you probably know how great it is already.
Dublin has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($125,540). And the crime is really, really low (46th lowest in Ohio).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Ohio
If you’re looking at areas in Ohio with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Grandview Heights made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Ohio
- Ottawa Hills (Pop. 4,497)
- Silver Lake (Pop. 2,452)
- Mariemont (Pop. 3,400)
- Wetherington (Pop. 1,527)
- Fort Loramie (Pop. 1,375)
- Five Points (Pop. 1,905)
- Minster (Pop. 2,898)
- Four Bridges (Pop. 3,359)
- Sixteen Mile Stand (Pop. 3,185)
- Chagrin Falls (Pop. 4,056)
Best Small Towns To Live In Ohio
- Parkman (Pop. 71)
- Concorde Hills (Pop. 681)
- Riverlea (Pop. 583)
- Marble Cliff (Pop. 556)
- Shawnee Hills (Pop. 775)
- Burkettsville (Pop. 267)
- Ottoville (Pop. 923)
- New Knoxville (Pop. 942)
- Miamiville (Pop. 75)
- Chickasaw (Pop. 344)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Ohio according to the data:
- Dayton (Pop. 141,143)
- Cleveland (Pop. 389,165)
- Trotwood (Pop. 24,372)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Ohio