When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Ohio.
But where exactly in Ohio? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Ohio that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in North Canton don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Buckeye State to retire for 2018:
- North Canton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Parma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rocky River (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Vermilion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- East Cleveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Worthington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fairview Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Troy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Buckeye State
To create our list of the best places in Ohio to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Buckeye State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 135 places from across the state.
For these 135, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 135, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case North Canton, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
1. North Canton
Population: 17,422Median Rent: $769
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,607
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In 1831, the Community of North Canton first began as the Village of New Berlin. Residents were primarily of German descent. William H. ?Boss? Hoover moved his tannery business from the family farm to the center of the North Canton village in 1873. In 1908, The Hoover Company began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. During World War I, in 1918, the community changed the name of the village to North Canton. The Hoover Company became the world?s largest manufacturer of vacuum cleaners in 1933. The North Canton Jaycees were formed in 1951. In 2007, the Hoover Company officially shut down. The Hoover Company’s old building was bought in 2010 for residential, educational, and recreational proposes. The old Hoover Company building was sold by sections in 2013 to be transformed into a mall and apartments.
Population: 80,088Median Rent: $778
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,510
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In 1806, the area that would eventually become Parma and Parma Heights was originally surveyed by Abraham Tappan, a surveyor for the Connecticut Land Company, and was known as Township 6 – Range 13. This designation gave the town its first identity in the Western Reserve. Soon after, Township 6 – Range 13 was commonly referred to as ‘Greenbriar,’ supposedly for the rambling bush that grew there. Benajah Fay, his wife Ruth Wilcox Fay, and their ten children, arrivals from Lewis County, New York, were the first settlers in 1816. It was then that Greenbriar, under a newly organized government seat under Brooklyn Township, began attending to its own governmental needs.
Self-government started to gain in popularity by the time the new Greenbriar settlement contained twenty householders. However, prior to the establishment of the new township, the name Greenbriar was replaced by the name Parma. This was largely due to Dr. David Long who had recently returned from Italy and ‘impressed with the grandeur and beauty…was reminded of Parma, Italy and…persuaded the early townspeople that the territory deserved a better name than Greenbriar.’
3. Rocky River
Population: 10,491Median Rent: $801
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,048
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Vermilion was initially settled in the early 19th century and incorporated as a village in 1837. The city took its name from the nearby Vermilion River. It developed as a fishing and small boat harbor. In 1847 the Congress of the United States built the Vermilion Lighthouse to aid navigation on Lake Erie.
Population: 12,886Median Rent: $741
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
Crime Per 100k: 838
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Dover was platted in 1807, and most likely was named after the local Dover family. A post office has been in operation at Dover since 1815.
6. East Cleveland
Population: 17,413Median Rent: $575
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,601
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Historically East Cleveland was partially founded by Scottish immigrants, whose names can still be found in the city such as Shaw, McIlrath, and Eddy. East Cleveland incorporated as a village in 1895 and became a city in 1911. This charter included provisions for women’s suffrage, which at the time was unheard of east of the Mississippi River. Before the charter passed, the city of Cleveland unsuccessfully attempted to annex the emerging municipality in 1910 and again in 1916.
Population: 14,155Median Rent: $882
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,681
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On May 5, 1802 a group of prospective settlers founded the Scioto Company at the home of Rev. Eber B. Clark in Granby, Connecticut for the purpose of forming a settlement between the Muskingum River and Great Miami River in the Ohio Country. James Kilbourne was elected president and Josiah Topping secretary (McCormick 1998:7). On August 30, 1802 James Kilbourne and Nathaniel Little arrived at Colonel Thomas Worthington’s home in Chillicothe, Ohio. They tentatively reserved land along the Scioto River on the Pickaway Plains for their new settlement (McCormick 1998:17).
8. Fairview Park
Population: 16,473Median Rent: $703
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,572
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Fairview Park was originally part of Rockport Township, later the Rocky River hamlet. The hamlet was incorporated as a village in 1903 and was split in 1910, with the northern part of the region becoming Rocky River and the southern part assuming the name Goldwood. Part of the Goldwood Township was later annexed to Rocky River and Goldwood would subsequently be incorporated as a separate village. Afterwards, Goldwood was split into two regions. A large portion of the land to the north became the Village of Fairview (later Fairview Village). Meanwhile, the remaining land located in the southwest corner and land along Center Ridge Road remained as Goldwood and was later incorporated as a village. By 1925, the remaining Goldwood region was renamed Parkview.
Population: 25,684Median Rent: $746
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,904
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Troy was platted ca. 1807. A post office called Troy has been in operation since 1824.
10. New Franklin
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Ohio goes to North Canton.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Forest Park
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