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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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:

  1. Grandview Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Upper Arlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Powell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Worthington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Montgomery (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bellbrook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pepper Pike (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Granville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Dublin (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Well, it looks like you should check out Grandview Heights if you’re thinking of moving to Ohio — it’s the best the Buckeye State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Ohio.

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.

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.

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

8
/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

Source: Public domain
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

With the unemployment rate being the 9th lowest in Ohio and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Worthington.

Plus, the crime rate is the 68th lowest in the state!

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

Source: Public domain
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

If you want to live in Ohio, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Bellbrook area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $76,576 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Bellbrook as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Bellbrook.

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 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\Pepper Pike had the 2nd highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $164,471.

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

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

The Granville has the 28th 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 Granville is higher than the national average and households make $92,109 per year.

We’d move to Granville if we could in a heart beat.

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

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 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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