10 Best Places To Retire In Ohio For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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.

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.

When you think of your own retirement, what do you dream about? Spending days on a lake reading a good book? How about taking hikes around the local trails or taking trips to the larger national parks?

If nature isn’t your thing, then walking through the streets of the large cities, window shopping with ice cream in hand might be more up your alley. Maybe you are even a history buff and exploring all the local historic sites are on your bucket list.

We have all of these dreams of retirement, but one question usually has to be answered before anything else: where will we live?

If Ohio is your state of choice, look no further, because we have found the top cities for retirement in the state that boasts it is the “heart of it all.”

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 have we mentioned the beautiful state parks?

So now that you are on the Ohio-bound train, which cities are your top destinations for retirement?

We analyzed over 135 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? North Canton. Surprised? We aren’t.

North Canton 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 Ohio state reading:

North Canton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,422
Rank Last Year: 213 (Up 212)
Median Rent: $769
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.

Parma, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 80,088
Rank Last Year: 144 (Up 142)
Median Rent: $778
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

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 20,211
Rank Last Year: 200 (Up 197)
Median Rent: $838
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.

Vermilion, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,491
Rank Last Year: 106 (Up 102)
Median Rent: $801
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.

Dover, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,886
Rank Last Year: 181 (Up 176)
Median Rent: $741
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.

East Cleveland, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,413
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $575
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.

Worthington, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,155
Rank Last Year: 203 (Up 196)
Median Rent: $882
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Worthington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Worthington is an affluent city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States, and is a northern suburb of the larger Columbus. The population was 13,575 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1803 by the Scioto Company led by James Kilbourne, who was later elected to the United States House of Representatives, and named in honor of Thomas Worthington, who later became governor of Ohio.

Fairview Park, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,473
Rank Last Year: 152 (Up 144)
Median Rent: $703
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
More on Fairview Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairview Park is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It borders Cleveland to the east, Westlake and North Olmsted to the west, Rocky River to the north and Brook Park to the south. At the 2010 census, the city population was 16,826.

Troy, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,684
Rank Last Year: 129 (Up 120)
Median Rent: $746
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Troy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troy is a city in and the county seat of Miami County, Ohio, United States. The population was 25,058 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in the county and the 61st largest city in Ohio; it is part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. Troy is home to an annual Strawberry Festival the first weekend in June.

New Franklin, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,195
Rank Last Year: 136 (Up 126)
Median Rent: $825
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 2019

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 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.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Ohio 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:

  1. Monroe
  2. Heath
  3. Forest Park

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Ohio?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 North Canton 17,422 $769
2 Parma 80,088 $778
3 Rocky River 20,211 $838
4 Vermilion 10,491 $801
5 Dover 12,886 $741
6 East Cleveland 17,413 $575
7 Worthington 14,155 $882
8 Fairview Park 16,473 $703
9 Troy 25,684 $746
10 New Franklin 14,195 $825

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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