Best Places To Retire In Ohio For 2020


We analyzed over 135 places in Ohio to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Ohio.

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When we are in high school, we dream of college. When we are in college, we dream of being in the workforce and having our dream jobs. But when we are finally living the work life, we dream about our retirement -- in Ohio of course.

When some people think of retirement, they think of getting old and an end to having fun. But for some, retirement is the farthest from that as possible. Retirement can be full of fun, adventure, and social life. And if you make Ohio your state of choice because the top cities for retirement in the state that boasts it is the "heart of it all" has everything you're looking for at an affordable price. We took into account things that retirees like to do like visit museums and libraries, find affordable housing near major airports, and live in safe neighborhoods. The ohio places on this list offer all of the above in spades for those who are hanging up their hat. From Columbus to Cincinnati, you can find a city that fits your retirement needs.

If Ohio wasn't originally on your list, why should you take a second glance at the state? If you like music, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Ohio. If you like roller coasters, then you would love Cedar Point. And not to mentioned the beautiful state parks. So now that you are on the Ohio-bound train, let's take a look at the places that should be your top destinations for retirement.

Why did Parma take the top spot? And where are Columbus and Cleveland?

We analyzed over 143 places in Ohio using factors that help make retirement amazing (like affordability) to determine which cities are the best of the best for retirement in Ohio.

The winner? Parma. Surprised? We aren't.

Parma is located just outside of. you guessed it, Canton, Ohio. It is also not too far from Cleveland. So you'll be able to have the upscale suburban life with the action of the city nearby.

Interested to see how your favorite city in Ohio stacked up? Read on to learn more about our methodology and to see why each of these cities are your perfect retirement destination in Ohio.

For more Ohio state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Ohio For 2020

Parma, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 79,559
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $833
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Parma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parma is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. Located on the southern edge of Cleveland, it is both an inner-ring and the largest suburb of Cleveland. Parma, as of the 2010 census, is listed as the seventh largest city in the state of Ohio and the second largest city in Cuyahoga County after Cleveland.

Rocky River, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 20,310
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $892
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
More on Rocky River: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rocky River is a city in western Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. A suburb of Cleveland, it is located along the shore of Lake Erie approximately 9 miles west of downtown Cleveland. The city is named for the Rocky River that forms its eastern border. The population was 20,213 at the time of the 2010 census.

Greenville, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,824
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 11)
Median Rent: $633
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
More on Greenville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenville is a city in and county seat of Darke County, Ohio, United States. The population was 13,227 at the 2010 census.

Dover, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,811
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Rent: $813
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Dover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dover is a city in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States. The population was 12,210 at the 2000 census.

Vermilion, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,226
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $889
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Vermilion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vermilion is a city in Erie and Lorain counties in the U.S. state of Ohio, on Lake Erie. The population was 10,594 at the 2010 census. The current mayor is Eileen Bulan. The Lorain County portion of Vermilion is part of the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Erie County portion is part of the Sandusky Micropolitan Statistical Area.

North Canton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,362
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $816
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on North Canton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Canton is a city in Stark County in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 17,488 at the 2010 United States Census. It is part of the Canton-Massillon, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Tallmadge, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,581
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $749
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Tallmadge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tallmadge is a city in Summit and Portage counties in Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Akron and part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,537 at the 2010 census. Tallmadge was founded in 1807 and is the second-oldest city in Summit County, following Hudson, which was founded in 1799.

Vandalia, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,080
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $701
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
More on Vandalia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vandalia is a city in Montgomery County, Ohio, United States, and a suburb of Dayton. Its population was 15,246 during the 2010 census. In addition to being the city closest to Dayton International Airport, Vandalia lies at the crossroads of I-75 and I-70, making it a major hub for business.

East Cleveland, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,321
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $621
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
More on East Cleveland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Cleveland is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and is the first suburb of Cleveland. The population was 17,843 at the 2010 census. East Cleveland is bounded by the city of Cleveland to its north, west, and a small section of its southwestern edge, and by Cleveland Heights to the east and the majority of its southern limits.

New Franklin, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,178
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $874
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on New Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Buckeye State for 2020

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 -- 1203 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 143 places from across the state.

For these 143, 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 143, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Parma, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Ohio Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Ohio goes to Parma.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Monroe
  2. Athens
  3. Whitehall

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Ohio?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Parma 79,559 $833
2 Rocky River 20,310 $892
3 Greenville 12,824 $633
4 Dover 12,811 $813
5 Vermilion 10,226 $889
6 North Canton 17,362 $816
7 Tallmadge 17,581 $749
8 Vandalia 15,080 $701
9 East Cleveland 17,321 $621
10 New Franklin 14,178 $874

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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