These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Ohio For 2019


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

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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 peeps!

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 and how your city ranked in our article.

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!

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

For more Ohio reading, check out:

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.

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

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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 takes 5th place on our list of best places in Ohio for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (9th overall) and things to do.

Worthington 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 $251,400 at the median.

Montgomery, OH

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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

Bellbrook’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 38th highest, making Bellbrook a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Bellbrook has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

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 offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 13th lowest in Ohio and incomes are the 2nd highest.

When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.

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

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.

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

Dublin comes in at a close 10th. They have the 16th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 5th highest median income as well, which means the people in Dublin are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 3rd best in the state.

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Highland Heights 8,366 3.9% $246,700
12 Perrysburg 21,367 4.8% $194,200
13 Mason 32,025 3.6% $230,100
14 Springboro 17,978 4.9% $207,500
15 Rocky River 20,211 4.6% $215,800
16 Westerville 38,089 3.5% $207,900
17 Brecksville 13,470 3.8% $256,000
18 Bexley 13,534 4.8% $291,900
19 Hilliard 33,108 4.0% $213,000
20 New Albany 9,384 5.3% $492,400
21 Beavercreek 46,086 4.5% $175,100
22 Centerville 23,899 4.7% $179,600
23 Solon 23,085 3.2% $273,800
24 Westlake 32,408 3.8% $236,400
25 North Canton 17,422 3.1% $136,600
26 Gahanna 34,373 4.6% $195,100
27 Canfield 7,376 4.2% $161,600
28 Hudson 22,282 5.1% $313,300
29 Waterville 5,496 2.1% $175,500
30 Madeira 8,924 3.0% $249,700
31 Lyndhurst 13,736 4.3% $138,800
32 Loveland 12,641 2.2% $172,900
33 Oakwood 9,077 1.4% $228,700
34 Kirtland 6,802 3.9% $271,400
35 Seven Hills 11,697 5.8% $164,100
36 Independence 7,115 3.8% $222,600
37 St. Clairsville 5,117 5.4% $143,900
38 Olmsted Falls 8,889 5.2% $145,700
39 Pickerington 19,379 4.1% $184,500
40 Strongsville 44,622 5.3% $194,000
41 Twinsburg 18,851 3.9% $210,100
42 Stow 34,746 4.5% $166,200
43 Blue Ash 12,154 5.1% $233,200
44 Macedonia 11,595 5.4% $189,700
45 Columbiana 6,463 1.6% $141,100
46 Avon Lake 23,221 2.4% $225,600
47 Mentor 46,896 4.0% $167,100
48 Munroe Falls 5,055 5.6% $160,200
49 Beachwood 11,786 2.2% $274,400
50 University Heights 13,273 4.3% $154,600
51 Brunswick 34,578 4.3% $159,400
52 Marysville 22,860 4.2% $166,200
53 Maumee 14,018 4.2% $128,900
54 Aurora 15,712 5.0% $241,800
55 Deer Park 5,707 4.4% $121,400
56 Berea 18,949 5.8% $129,000
57 North Ridgeville 31,832 5.3% $160,300
58 Rossford 6,514 4.0% $132,100
59 Harrison 10,522 4.5% $139,500
60 Wadsworth 22,578 5.4% $162,300
61 Sylvania 18,882 4.1% $165,900
62 Wickliffe 12,718 4.9% $117,200
63 New Franklin 14,195 5.2% $134,600
64 Amherst 12,058 5.9% $146,200
65 Shaker Heights 27,773 5.7% $213,100
66 Medina 26,445 3.3% $160,700
67 Fairview Park 16,473 6.3% $145,500
68 Willoughby 22,495 4.4% $144,300
69 Avon 22,289 6.0% $262,100
70 Chardon 5,194 4.3% $167,500
71 Norton 12,044 5.7% $131,900
72 Kettering 55,720 5.9% $125,700
73 Lexington 5,484 4.6% $134,900
74 Cortland 6,974 5.2% $141,100
75 Groveport 5,500 4.1% $144,300
76 Clayton 13,172 8.9% $133,400
77 Miamisburg 20,069 5.7% $133,100
78 Streetsboro 16,224 4.5% $144,300
79 Willowick 14,131 6.6% $117,400
80 Brookville 5,993 6.5% $117,100
81 Fairlawn 7,477 3.2% $174,700
82 Tallmadge 17,488 6.3% $156,400
83 Wapakoneta 9,786 3.9% $104,100
84 St. Marys 8,169 3.8% $103,100
85 Clyde 6,282 5.8% $100,000
86 Delaware 37,554 2.6% $161,100
87 Mentor-On-The-Lake 7,404 4.6% $125,400
88 Vandalia 15,127 5.5% $135,000
89 Canal Winchester 7,774 4.4% $173,900
90 Lakewood 50,866 6.0% $134,000
91 Canal Fulton 5,464 7.5% $138,400
92 Dover 12,886 3.6% $116,600
93 Cuyahoga Falls 49,353 5.1% $120,000
94 Eastlake 18,342 5.9% $122,300
95 Lebanon 20,536 5.8% $163,800
96 Hubbard 7,686 4.1% $92,900
97 Willoughby Hills 9,497 5.0% $244,100
98 Broadview Heights 19,257 3.7% $217,600
99 Englewood 13,512 7.8% $121,500
100 Amelia 5,132 7.3% $141,200

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 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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