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Do you like chili dogs? What about Tony Packo's famous chili dogs? Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream anyone?
Only if you're lucky enough to live in one of the best places in Ohio!
If you're looking to relocate, look no further than Ohio. The Buckeye State may be known as a flyover state, but did you know that it houses some of the best places in America to call home? Did we mention that this state also houses a boatload of fun midwestern facts and a gigantic number of fun things to do and see?
When Ohians aren't kicking back with a chili dog and a bowl of ice cream, they are exploring places like the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toledo, riding the rails at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, or feeding the penguins at the Cincinnati Zoo. There's a reason their license plates sport the slogan "So Much to Discover".
Long summer nights by the lake, idyllic winter jaunts through the woods, or just hangin' with the good 'ol people of The Buckeye State, Ohio is the best. Needless to say, it was very difficult to narrow down the top ten best places to live in Ohio.
In order to determine the best places to live in Ohio, we took a look at cities with low cost of living, gold star schools, affordable housing, and low crime. Drum roll... .Grandview Heights came out on top!
Read on to see what other Ohio cities made the top ten list.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Ohio For 2020:
- Grandview Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Upper Arlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Albany (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Montgomery (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waterville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Granville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rocky River (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Perrysburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pepper Pike (Photos | Homes For Sale)
We took a look at 250 Ohio cities with a population of more than 5,000 to determine which cities are the best to call home. While most of our top ten cities make many of our top ten lists like our Best Places to raise a Family and Best Places to Retire articles, there are some surprises.
What city is the best place to live in Ohio for 2020? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Grandview Heights is the best place to live in Ohio if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Ohio For 2020
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 $342,500.
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.
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 $314,800 and the cost of living is 17% higher than the national average.
At an unemployment rate of 3.9%, everyone who wants a job can get one in New Albany. And the residents command high salaries ($203,194 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($494,600 each).
We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in Ohio. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.
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 ($123,214). And the crime is really, really low (45th lowest in Ohio).
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there's A LOT of demand to live in Waterville.
Waterville ranked impressively high for its crime rate (8th overall) and its short commute times (209th).
We think that's worth the price of admission.
Granville ranks as the 7th best place in Ohio for 2020. Let's take a look at why.
Granville has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Granville's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $104,698 a year.
The knock? We can't really find one 🙂
Rocky River is feeling the love as it ranks as the 8th best city to live in Ohio for 2020.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (60th overall) and low crime (5th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like "The Place To Be In Ohio".
The Perrysburg has the 34th lowest unemployment rate in Ohio. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Perrysburg is higher than the national average and households make $91,281 per year.
We'd move to Perrysburg if we could in a heart beat.
There's two types of people who live in Pepper Pike. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $428,800 home there.
Either way, you're set. Your kids go to great schools, there's a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Pepper Pike is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Ohio
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 867,628 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 cities to live in Ohio 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 Cities 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
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Ohio? That would be Grandview Heights.
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.
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 the best place to live in Ohio for 2020.
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:
- Cleveland (Pop. 387,398)
- Wellston (Pop. 5,540)
- Trotwood (Pop. 24,361)
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