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)
- Upper Arlington (Photos)
- Powell (Photos)
- Wyoming (Photos)
- Worthington (Photos)
- Bellbrook (Photos)
- Pepper Pike (Photos)
- Granville (Photos)
- Dublin (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best 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 5,100
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,100
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 250 cities, 387 towns, and 540 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 5,100 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.
1. Grandview Heights
Population: 7,191Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $295,400 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (3rd best)
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.
2. Upper Arlington
Population: 34,675Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $338,000 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (49th best)
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.
Population: 12,436Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Values: $348,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (13th best)
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.
Population: 8,484Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Values: $305,900 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (40th best)
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.
Population: 14,155Rank Last Year: 46 (Up 41)
Home Values: $251,400 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (9th best)
Worthington is feeling the love as it ranks as the 5th best city to live in Ohio for 2015.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (20th overall) and low crime (68th 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”.
Population: 10,440 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Home Values: $332,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (19th best)
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).
Population: 7,082Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Values: $160,200 (64th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (19th best)
In Bellbrook, everyone loves to call Bellbrook home! The median home value is the 64th highest in Ohio.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 19th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Buckeye State.
Bellbrook should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
8. Pepper Pike
Population: 6,150 Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Home Values: $421,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (13th best)
Pepper Pike has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Pepper Pike has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.1% and lowering. And the Pepper Pike police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 11th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
Population: 5,725Rank Last Year: 50 (Up 41)
Home Values: $323,400 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (28th best)
Granville 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\Granville had the 18th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $92,109.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Population: 43,874Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Values: $352,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (16th best)
We think the motto in Dublin should be “Everything is greater in Dublin,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Dublin has some of the highest home values in Ohio, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Dublin only has 270.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Dublin a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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)
- Terrace Park (Pop. 2,356)
Best Small Towns To Live In Ohio
- Parkman (Pop. 71)
- Concorde Hills (Pop. 681)
- Riverlea (Pop. 583)
- Beulah Beach (Pop. 58)
- Marble Cliff (Pop. 556)
- Remington (Pop. 221)
- Shawnee Hills (Pop. 775)
- St. Johns (Pop. 197)
- Ottoville (Pop. 923)
- Burkettsville (Pop. 267)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Ohio:
- Trotwood (Pop. 24,372)
- Cleveland (Pop. 389,165)
- Dayton (Pop. 141,143)
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