These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Ohio


We analyzed over 193 places in Ohio to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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 Struthers don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Buckeye State to retire:

  1. Struthers
  2. North College Hill
  3. Garfield Heights
  4. Deer Park
  5. North Canton
  6. East Cleveland
  7. Toledo
  8. Kettering
  9. Martins Ferry
  10. Brunswick

Why did Struthers take the top spot? And where are Columbus and Cleveland? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 193 places from across the state.

For these 193, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 193, with the lowest number being the best.

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

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1. Struthers

Struthers, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,574
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
Crime Per 100k: 293
Struthers ranked 1 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.

2. North College Hill

North College Hill, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,366
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,153
North College Hill ranked 2 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 146 place safety rank.

3. Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,492
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,513
Garfield Heights ranked 3 overall thanks to its 28 place rank for cost of living and 130 place safety rank.

4. Deer Park

Deer Park, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,720
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,713
Deer Park ranked 4 overall thanks to its 93 place rank for cost of living and 66 place safety rank.

5. North Canton

North Canton, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,437
Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,456
North Canton ranked 5 overall thanks to its 117 place rank for cost of living and 46 place safety rank.

6. East Cleveland

East Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,619
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,940
East Cleveland ranked 6 overall thanks to its 61 place rank for cost of living and 116 place safety rank.

7. Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 283,932
Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 70 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,080
Toledo ranked 7 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.

8. Kettering

Kettering, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,138
Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,016
Kettering ranked 8 overall thanks to its 101 place rank for cost of living and 78 place safety rank.

9. Martins Ferry

Martins Ferry, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,850
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,664
Martins Ferry ranked 9 overall thanks to its 28 place rank for cost of living and 61 place safety rank.

10. Brunswick

Brunswick, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 34,438
Cost Of Living: 98
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 943
Brunswick ranked 10 overall thanks to its 159 place rank for cost of living and 23 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

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

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

  • Ontario
  • Maumee
  • New Albany

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Ohio

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Struthers 1 10,574 78 42 293
North College Hill 2 9,366 78 13 4,153
Garfield Heights 3 28,492 81 12 3,513
Deer Park 4 5,720 87 17 1,713
North Canton 5 17,437 90 11 1,456
East Cleveland 6 17,619 84 16 2,940
Toledo 7 283,932 77 70 1,080
Kettering 8 56,138 88 14 2,016
Martins Ferry 9 6,850 81 37 1,664
Brunswick 10 34,438 98 11 943
Brookville 11 6,351 83 11 1,385
South Euclid 12 22,052 85 18 2,657
Berea 13 19,044 91 2 1,118
Mount Healthy 14 6,061 80 14 6,682
Cincinnati 15 297,117 83 10 6,479
Fairborn 16 33,039 84 13 3,132
Amelia 17 5,323 91 24 657
Cleveland Heights 18 45,657 89 16 2,902
Forest Park 19 18,685 83 18 3,548
University Heights 20 13,404 95 17 2,029
Mentor-On-The-Lake 21 7,430 91 32 1,049
Whitehall 22 18,383 76 2 7,147
West Carrollton 23 13,087 82 16 3,018
Youngstown 24 66,013 72 10 5,459
Bedford 25 12,927 84 16 3,473
Lorain 26 63,885 83 17 4,483
Canton 27 72,668 82 16 6,411
Norwood 28 19,170 86 13 6,791
Dover 29 12,839 89 35 654
Alliance 30 22,196 81 20 4,599
Powell 31 12,012 121 15 915
Parma Heights 32 20,490 89 4 1,722
Bedford Heights 33 10,680 87 18 2,724
Hubbard 34 7,787 77 47 2,016
Bellbrook 35 7,035 99 19 1,051
Warren 36 40,925 71 36 4,464
Wyoming 37 8,404 117 15 1,713
Parma 38 80,699 87 6 1,555
Union 39 6,425 83 3 46
Uhrichsville 40 5,408 80 44 1,812
Canal Fulton 41 5,479 90 12 1,825
Broadview Heights 42 19,309 106 10 253
Ada 43 6,112 87 63 1,439
Grafton 44 6,145 97 12 537
Lakewood 45 51,434 93 5 1,584
Circleville 46 13,395 83 14 5,270
Gahanna 47 33,786 97 2 1,977
Springfield 48 60,216 77 22 7,772
Akron 49 198,492 80 4 5,249
Union 50 6,425 83 36 46
Medina 51 26,544 103 19 1,544
New Philadelphia 52 17,334 87 38 1,465
Wadsworth 53 21,752 97 13 2,013
Cheviot 54 8,330 81 8 3,541
Marion 55 36,791 82 42 4,479
Niles 56 19,028 74 38 4,545
Loveland 57 12,425 104 25 1,183
Cortland 58 7,050 84 43 1,134
Streetsboro 59 16,152 92 15 68
Harrison 60 10,212 92 15 2,418
Eastlake 61 18,448 91 27 2,460
Piqua 62 20,649 81 17 5,273
Centerville 63 23,986 101 18 1,667
Centerville 64 23,986 101 18 1,667
Greenville 65 13,121 84 24 2,804
Rittman 66 6,457 83 17 2,369
Germantown 67 5,545 89 20 1,009
Salem 68 12,214 83 33 2,390
Orrville 69 8,389 87 20 1,561
Greenville 70 13,121 84 25 2,804
Greenville 71 13,121 84 25 2,804
Olmsted Falls 72 8,943 96 4 492
Columbus 73 811,943 82 5 4,913
Louisville 74 9,151 89 17 2,349
Ironton 75 11,190 78 89 3,020
Oxford 76 21,552 95 31 2,440
Painesville 77 19,689 95 37 2,133
Riverside 78 25,143 81 9 2,473
Springdale 79 11,201 85 19 6,133
Miamisburg 80 20,168 90 18 2,082
Xenia 81 25,903 85 21 3,397
Sandusky 82 25,626 83 44 4,370
Richmond Heights 83 10,508 91 20 3,073
Massillon 84 32,224 86 17 3,658
Lancaster 85 39,105 86 18 4,687
Dublin 86 42,378 125 15 1,137
Springboro 87 17,499 106 23 897
Willoughby 88 22,361 94 27 1,990
Amherst 89 12,080 96 19 1,639
Barberton 90 26,375 82 7 4,064
Wapakoneta 91 9,853 82 45 2,019
Beavercreek 92 45,738 98 14 2,254
Twinsburg 93 18,784 100 19 729
Brecksville 94 13,543 111 13 479
Lima 95 38,432 80 58 5,779
Conneaut 96 12,836 79 22 2,695
Hudson 97 22,351 121 13 581
Fairfield 98 42,643 90 20 3,177
Newark 99 47,744 86 25 4,901
Youngstown 100 66,013 72 42 5,459
Belpre 101 6,431 84 80 1,554
Union 102 6,425 83 8 46
Ashland 103 20,421 84 44 2,512
Cleveland 104 392,114 79 9 6,709
Oberlin 105 8,368 92 20 2,318
Port Clinton 106 6,038 88 56 2,964
Marietta 107 14,029 85 83 1,047
Marysville 108 22,773 93 29 1,023
Middletown 109 48,256 79 28 8,471
Canfield 110 7,443 93 36 1,128
Grandview Heights 111 6,836 114 7 1,462
Kent 112 29,367 89 9 2,226
Athens 113 24,151 97 55 1,598
Dayton 114 141,776 76 8 6,480
Zanesville 115 25,444 81 46 6,217
Bexley 116 13,286 114 3 3,387
Montgomery 117 10,332 119 22 1,587
Delaware 118 36,188 95 22 2,379
Moraine 119 6,333 80 14 11,858
Highland Heights 120 8,324 109 21 1,309
Seven Hills 121 11,735 98 9 622
Sidney 122 21,126 85 26 4,449
Westlake 123 32,513 110 4 1,230
Vandalia 124 15,220 89 2 2,470
Urbana 125 11,587 84 28 3,624
Delphos 126 7,267 86 65 2,573
Mason 127 31,289 107 275 1,246
Mason 128 31,289 107 28 1,246
Solon 129 23,177 113 21 768
Independence 130 7,136 107 11 1,877
Upper Arlington 131 34,191 124 9 1,187
Brooklyn 132 11,047 85 5 6,590
Celina 133 10,374 86 48 3,875
Nelsonville 134 5,596 80 45 3,395
Norwalk 135 16,927 90 41 2,540
Columbiana 136 6,341 92 35 1,277
Aurora 137 15,568 109 19 1,091
Vermilion 138 10,415 95 24 1,632
Pepper Pike 139 6,079 144 20 904
Huber Heights 140 38,484 84 6 3,177
Englewood 141 13,468 87 5 3,734
Chillicothe 142 21,802 86 32 8,439
London 143 9,924 88 27 2,660
Bowling Green 144 31,366 91 90 2,155
Centerville 145 23,986 101 68 1,667
Centerville 146 23,986 101 68 1,667
Rossford 147 6,434 86 74 1,585
Westerville 148 37,101 101 8 2,264
Perrysburg 149 21,122 96 79 1,174
Van Wert 150 10,859 80 69 3,867
Beachwood 151 11,855 116 18 5,457
Wooster 152 26,353 89 28 3,722
Shelby 153 9,149 83 55 3,650
Blue Ash 154 12,124 99 20 2,837
Chardon 155 5,161 95 35 1,627
Lebanon 156 20,338 95 33 2,320
Milford 157 6,748 93 22 4,668
Kenton 158 7,783 82 58 4,766
Logan 159 7,314 86 33 4,593
Upper Sandusky 160 6,792 85 60 2,149
Washington Court House 161 14,123 87 32 4,666
Kirtland 162 6,838 112 29 628
Clayton 163 13,212 88 6 1,468
Mansfield 164 47,150 78 56 7,177
Fremont 165 16,555 84 65 6,149
Clyde 166 6,350 85 58 2,740
Worthington 167 13,727 108 9 1,945
Wellston 168 5,590 82 52 3,881
Galion 169 10,314 82 51 5,700
Waterville 170 5,499 96 82 545
Stow 171 34,741 96 9 1,977
Cambridge 172 10,558 83 69 5,900
New Franklin 173 14,245 92 8 603
Bucyrus 174 12,140 84 55 6,400
North Ridgeville 175 30,680 97 9 772
Troy 176 25,334 90 9 3,619
Findlay 177 41,297 91 82 3,767
Northwood 178 5,285 81 73 3,708
Hillsboro 179 6,570 85 55 4,185
Wauseon 180 6,953 87 86 2,603
Groveport 181 5,535 90 3 3,288
Tallmadge 182 17,463 95 5 2,359
Napoleon 183 8,940 88 96 2,203
Heath 184 10,381 90 23 5,201
Defiance 185 16,646 85 95 3,021
Wilmington 186 12,424 87 38 5,239
Trotwood 187 24,322 77 9 5,020
Bellefontaine 188 13,141 89 39 4,801
Jackson 189 6,343 85 55 4,430
Oregon 190 20,282 88 69 2,701
New Albany 191 8,169 146 7 1,444
Maumee 192 14,148 93 77 4,099
Ontario 193 6,160 86 55 9,691

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