These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Ohio For 2018


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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2018.

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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)
  2. Upper Arlington (Photos)
  3. Powell (Photos)
  4. Wyoming (Photos)
  5. Worthington (Photos)
  6. Montgomery
  7. Bellbrook (Photos)
  8. Pepper Pike (Photos)
  9. Granville (Photos)
  10. Dublin (Photos)

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.

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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’.

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.

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

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

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.

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1. Grandview Heights

Grandview Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,191
Rank 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

Upper Arlington, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,675
Rank 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.

3. Powell

Powell, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,436
Rank 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.

4. Wyoming

Wyoming, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,484
Rank 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.

5. Worthington

Worthington, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,155
Rank 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”.

6. Montgomery


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).

7. Bellbrook

Bellbrook, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,082
Rank 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?

9. Granville

Granville, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,725
Rank 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.

10. Dublin

Dublin, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,874
Rank 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

  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. Terrace Park (Pop. 2,356)

Best Small Towns To Live In Ohio

  1. Parkman (Pop. 71)
  2. Concorde Hills (Pop. 681)
  3. Riverlea (Pop. 583)
  4. Beulah Beach (Pop. 58)
  5. Marble Cliff (Pop. 556)
  6. Remington (Pop. 221)
  7. Shawnee Hills (Pop. 775)
  8. St. Johns (Pop. 197)
  9. Ottoville (Pop. 923)
  10. Burkettsville (Pop. 267)

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Ohio

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Grandview Heights 1 1 7,191 1.7% $295,400
Upper Arlington 2 2 34,675 4.3% $338,000
Powell 3 4 12,436 3.1% $348,000
Wyoming 4 3 8,484 4.1% $305,900
Worthington 5 46 14,155 2.8% $251,400
Montgomery 6 11 10,440 3.3% $332,900
Bellbrook 7 7 7,082 3.3% $160,200
Pepper Pike 8 13 6,150 3.1% $421,500
Granville 9 50 5,725 3.8% $323,400
Dublin 10 8 43,874 3.2% $352,300
Highland Heights 11 10 8,366 3.9% $246,700
Perrysburg 12 41 21,367 4.8% $194,200
Mason 13 14 32,025 3.6% $230,100
Springboro 14 9 17,978 4.9% $207,500
Rocky River 15 49 20,211 4.6% $215,800
Westerville 16 6 38,089 3.5% $207,900
Brecksville 17 15 13,470 3.8% $256,000
Bexley 18 5 13,534 4.8% $291,900
Hilliard 19 56 33,108 4.0% $213,000
New Albany 20 12 9,384 5.3% $492,400
Beavercreek 21 18 46,086 4.5% $175,100
Centerville 22 19 23,899 4.7% $179,600
Solon 23 21 23,085 3.2% $273,800
Westlake 24 20 32,408 3.8% $236,400
North Canton 25 36 17,422 3.1% $136,600
Gahanna 26 16 34,373 4.6% $195,100
Canfield 27 31 7,376 4.2% $161,600
Hudson 28 22 22,282 5.1% $313,300
Waterville 29 27 5,496 2.1% $175,500
Madeira 30 24 8,924 3.0% $249,700
Lyndhurst 31 32 13,736 4.3% $138,800
Loveland 32 63 12,641 2.2% $172,900
Oakwood 33 29 9,077 1.4% $228,700
Kirtland 34 30 6,802 3.9% $271,400
Seven Hills 35 28 11,697 5.8% $164,100
Independence 36 23 7,115 3.8% $222,600
St. Clairsville 37 17 5,117 5.4% $143,900
Olmsted Falls 38 80 8,889 5.2% $145,700
Pickerington 39 90 19,379 4.1% $184,500
Strongsville 40 38 44,622 5.3% $194,000
Twinsburg 41 45 18,851 3.9% $210,100
Stow 42 35 34,746 4.5% $166,200
Blue Ash 43 44 12,154 5.1% $233,200
Macedonia 44 33 11,595 5.4% $189,700
Columbiana 45 40 6,463 1.6% $141,100
Avon Lake 46 37 23,221 2.4% $225,600
Mentor 47 47 46,896 4.0% $167,100
Munroe Falls 48 25 5,055 5.6% $160,200
Beachwood 49 26 11,786 2.2% $274,400
University Heights 50 39 13,273 4.3% $154,600
Brunswick 51 48 34,578 4.3% $159,400
Marysville 52 54 22,860 4.2% $166,200
Maumee 53 55 14,018 4.2% $128,900
Aurora 54 34 15,712 5.0% $241,800
Deer Park 55 58 5,707 4.4% $121,400
Berea 56 43 18,949 5.8% $129,000
North Ridgeville 57 57 31,832 5.3% $160,300
Rossford 58 75 6,514 4.0% $132,100
Harrison 59 59 10,522 4.5% $139,500
Wadsworth 60 51 22,578 5.4% $162,300
Sylvania 61 71 18,882 4.1% $165,900
Wickliffe 62 107 12,718 4.9% $117,200
New Franklin 63 113 14,195 5.2% $134,600
Amherst 64 52 12,058 5.9% $146,200
Shaker Heights 65 42 27,773 5.7% $213,100
Medina 66 64 26,445 3.3% $160,700
Fairview Park 67 97 16,473 6.3% $145,500
Willoughby 68 70 22,495 4.4% $144,300
Avon 69 73 22,289 6.0% $262,100
Chardon 70 61 5,194 4.3% $167,500
Norton 71 87 12,044 5.7% $131,900
Kettering 72 65 55,720 5.9% $125,700
Lexington 73 125 5,484 4.6% $134,900
Cortland 74 52 6,974 5.2% $141,100
Groveport 75 60 5,500 4.1% $144,300
Clayton 76 82 13,172 8.9% $133,400
Miamisburg 77 73 20,069 5.7% $133,100
Streetsboro 78 95 16,224 4.5% $144,300
Willowick 79 104 14,131 6.6% $117,400
Brookville 80 67 5,993 6.5% $117,100
Fairlawn 81 66 7,477 3.2% $174,700
Tallmadge 82 86 17,488 6.3% $156,400
Wapakoneta 83 92 9,786 3.9% $104,100
St. Marys 84 91 8,169 3.8% $103,100
Clyde 85 124 6,282 5.8% $100,000
Delaware 86 81 37,554 2.6% $161,100
Mentor-On-The-Lake 87 110 7,404 4.6% $125,400
Vandalia 88 116 15,127 5.5% $135,000
Canal Winchester 89 72 7,774 4.4% $173,900
Lakewood 90 138 50,866 6.0% $134,000
Canal Fulton 91 126 5,464 7.5% $138,400
Dover 92 68 12,886 3.6% $116,600
Cuyahoga Falls 93 109 49,353 5.1% $120,000
Eastlake 94 102 18,342 5.9% $122,300
Lebanon 95 84 20,536 5.8% $163,800
Hubbard 96 114 7,686 4.1% $92,900
Willoughby Hills 97 103 9,497 5.0% $244,100
Broadview Heights 98 79 19,257 3.7% $217,600
Englewood 99 141 13,512 7.8% $121,500
Amelia 100 106 5,132 7.3% $141,200

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  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.

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