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 the U.S. to call home? Not to mention a boatload of fun midwestern facts and a gigantic number of fun things to do and see.
It may be the 34th largest state in the country, but in beauty it’s right up there at the top. Ohio has over 100 waterfalls, it borders the beautiful Lake Erie, miles and miles of cornfields lead the way to amazing sunrises and sunsets, and the southern portion of Ohio rivals that of mountainous lowlands. Who knew? Buckeyes: that’s who.
When Ohioans aren’t busy battling over whether they are Cleveland Browns’ fans or Cincinnati Bengals’ fans, they can be overheard chuckling at famous throwback Ohio shows like WKRP in Cincinnati, the Cleveland based Drew Carey Show, or the Columbus based show, Family Ties. #OhioRocks
And when they 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 10 best places to live in Ohio.
In order to do 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 10 list.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Ohio for 2019:
- 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)
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 10 cities make many top 10 lists like our Best Places to raise a Family and Best Places to Retire articles, there are some surprises.
What city is the place to live in Ohio for 2019? 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.
Read below to see how your hometown ranked and how other amazing Ohio cities ranked. Hint: if you live in the greater Columbus or Cleveland area, consider yourself one lucky Buckeye!
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- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Ohio
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Ohio For 2019
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.
In Worthington, everyone loves to call Worthington home! The median home value is the 17th highest in Ohio.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 9th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Buckeye 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).
Well, I guess technically 3.3% of Bellbrook residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 19th closest of any city in Ohio.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Bellbrook also ranked well for crime (30th) and median income ($76,576).
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Ohio, as there were only 1 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 13th lowest in Ohio (3.1%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 2nd most expensive in Pepper Pike ($421,500), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $164,471 a year.
Perhaps what makes Granville so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Granville great. They also have the 18th highest median income and the 46th shortest commute time.
It’s obvious why Dublin ranks 10th in the state for best places to live: they have the 16th lowest unemployment rate and the 3rd highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Dublin a great place to live.
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 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 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 2019.
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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