10 Best Places To Live In Ohio For 2019


We used science to determine which Buckeye State cities are the cream of the crop.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Ohio.

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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.

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 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!

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Ohio For 2019

Grandview Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,191
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $295,400 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (3rd best)
More on Grandview Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Grandview Heights by HomeSnacks User

Crime was low overall and this small city is located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio but has it's own police department.

The abundance of great places to eat and socialize make this city a spectacular place to live. There are no less than three awesome coffee shops with great coffees and food.

Upper Arlington, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,675
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $338,000 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (50th best)
More on Upper Arlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Powell, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,436
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $348,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (13th best)
More on Powell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Wyoming, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,484
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $305,900 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (40th best)
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Worthington, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,155
Rank Last Year: 46 (Up 41)
Median Home Value: $251,400 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (9th best)
More on Worthington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Worthington has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Worthington had the 20th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $91,075.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Montgomery, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,440
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $332,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (19th best)
More on Montgomery: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,082
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $160,200 (64th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (19th best)
More on Bellbrook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We think the motto in Bellbrook should be "Everything is greater in Bellbrook," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Bellbrook has some of the highest home values in Ohio, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Bellbrook only has 320.0% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Bellbrook a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

Pepper Pike, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,150
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $421,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (13th best)
More on Pepper Pike: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pepper Pike has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Ohio. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Pepper Pike is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Pepper Pike residents to work is significantly higher than average.

Granville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,725
Rank Last Year: 50 (Up 41)
Median Home Value: $323,400 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (28th best)
More on Granville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Looks like little Granville might be a hidden gem in Ohio. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($323,400) and crime is really low (21st lowest in the state).

Perhaps the cat's now out of the bag -- quick better move in before prices go up more.

Dublin, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 43,874
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $352,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (16th best)
More on Dublin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Who doesn't want to live in Dublin? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.2%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Dublin in the news in the coming months.

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'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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

  1. Ottawa Hills (Pop. 4,497)
  2. Silver Lake (Pop. 2,452)
  3. Mariemont (Pop. 3,400)
  4. Wetherington (Pop. 1,527)
  5. Fort Loramie (Pop. 1,375)
  6. Five Points (Pop. 1,905)
  7. Minster (Pop. 2,898)
  8. Four Bridges (Pop. 3,359)
  9. Sixteen Mile Stand (Pop. 3,185)
  10. Chagrin Falls (Pop. 4,056)

Best Small Towns To Live In Ohio

  1. Parkman (Pop. 71)
  2. Concorde Hills (Pop. 681)
  3. Riverlea (Pop. 583)
  4. Marble Cliff (Pop. 556)
  5. Shawnee Hills (Pop. 775)
  6. Burkettsville (Pop. 267)
  7. Ottoville (Pop. 923)
  8. New Knoxville (Pop. 942)
  9. Miamiville (Pop. 75)
  10. Chickasaw (Pop. 344)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Ohio according to the data:

  1. Dayton (Pop. 141,143)
  2. Cleveland (Pop. 389,165)
  3. Trotwood (Pop. 24,372)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Ohio?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Grandview Heights 7,191 1.7% $295,400
2 Upper Arlington 34,675 4.3% $338,000
3 Powell 12,436 3.1% $348,000
4 Wyoming 8,484 4.1% $305,900
5 Worthington 14,155 2.8% $251,400
6 Montgomery 10,440 3.3% $332,900
7 Bellbrook 7,082 3.3% $160,200
8 Pepper Pike 6,150 3.1% $421,500
9 Granville 5,725 3.8% $323,400
10 Dublin 43,874 3.2% $352,300

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

3 thoughts on “10 Best Places To Live In Ohio For 2019

  1. How come Madeira is number 3 in data listing, but number 6 in your list? And no mention of how good its schools are? Your comment that the population is shrinking must be based on old data. It has been growing lately.

  2. In your cheapest place to live in Ohio what do the rating numbers mean after services, groceries and health care. Not explained well enough.

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