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 Parma don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Buckeye State to retire:

  1. Parma (Photos)
  2. Berea (Photos)
  3. Cheviot (Photos)
  4. Parma Heights (Photos)
  5. Lakewood (Photos)
  6. Riverside (Photos)
  7. Whitehall (Photos)
  8. North College Hill (Photos)
  9. Garfield Heights (Photos)
  10. Akron (Photos)

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Ohio.

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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 Parma, 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. Parma

Parma, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,088
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,567
Parma ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 93rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 47th place safety rank.

2. Berea

Berea, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,949
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,124
Berea ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 125th place rank for cost of living and it’s 26th place safety rank.

3. Cheviot

Cheviot, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,318
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,546
Cheviot ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 28th place rank for cost of living and it’s 123rd place safety rank.

4. Parma Heights

Parma Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,311
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,737
Parma Heights ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 109th place rank for cost of living and it’s 62nd place safety rank.

5. Lakewood

Lakewood, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,866
Cost Of Living: 93
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,602
Lakewood ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 136th place rank for cost of living and it’s 51st place safety rank.

6. Riverside

Riverside, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,036
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,484
Riverside ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 28th place rank for cost of living and it’s 93rd place safety rank.

7. Whitehall

Whitehall, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,596
Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 7,066
Whitehall ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 5th place rank for cost of living and it’s 181st place safety rank.

8. North College Hill

North College Hill, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,351
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,159
North College Hill ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 12th place rank for cost of living and it’s 140th place safety rank.

9. Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,207
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,548
Garfield Heights ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 28th place rank for cost of living and it’s 124th place safety rank.

10. Akron

Akron, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 198,508
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,248
Akron ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 21st place rank for cost of living and it’s 162nd 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 Parma.

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

  • Ontario
  • Maumee
  • Oregon

For more Ohio reading , check out:

Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Ohio

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Parma 1 80,088 87 6 1,567
Berea 2 18,949 91 2 1,124
Cheviot 3 8,318 81 8 3,546
Parma Heights 4 20,311 89 4 1,737
Lakewood 5 50,866 93 5 1,602
Riverside 6 25,036 81 9 2,484
Whitehall 7 18,596 76 2 7,066
North College Hill 8 9,351 78 13 4,159
Garfield Heights 9 28,207 81 12 3,548
Akron 10 198,508 80 4 5,248
Columbus 11 837,038 82 5 4,766
Barberton 12 26,266 82 7 4,081
Deer Park 13 5,707 87 17 1,717
Cleveland 14 389,165 79 9 6,759
Olmsted Falls 15 8,889 96 4 494
North Canton 16 17,422 90 11 1,457
East Cleveland 17 17,413 84 16 2,974
Kent 18 29,761 89 9 2,197
Martins Ferry 19 6,813 81 37 1,673
Grandview Heights 20 7,191 114 7 1,390
Dayton 22 141,143 76 8 6,509
Kettering 23 55,720 88 14 2,031
Seven Hills 24 11,697 98 9 624
Brunswick 25 34,578 98 11 939
South Euclid 26 21,865 85 18 2,680
Brookville 27 5,993 83 11 1,468
Gahanna 28 34,373 97 2 1,943
Mount Healthy 29 6,054 80 14 6,689
Upper Arlington 30 34,675 124 9 1,170
Cincinnati 32 298,011 83 10 6,460
Fairborn 33 33,487 84 13 3,090
Amelia 34 5,132 91 24 681
Mentor-On-The-Lake 35 7,404 91 32 1,053
Forest Park 36 18,679 83 18 3,549
Cleveland Heights 37 45,160 89 16 2,934
University Heights 38 13,273 95 17 2,049
West Carrollton 39 13,012 82 16 3,035
Youngstown 41 65,161 72 10 5,530
Bedford 42 12,782 84 16 3,512
Westerville 43 38,089 101 8 2,205
Lorain 44 63,714 83 17 4,495
Westlake 45 32,408 110 4 1,234
Huber Heights 46 38,795 84 6 3,152
Brooklyn 47 10,936 85 5 6,656
Canton 48 72,163 82 16 6,456
Bexley 49 13,534 114 3 3,324
Dover 50 12,886 89 35 651
Norwood 51 19,462 86 13 6,689
Alliance 52 22,121 81 20 4,615
Englewood 53 13,512 87 5 3,722
Hubbard 55 7,686 77 47 2,042
Powell 56 12,436 121 15 884
Worthington 57 14,155 108 9 1,886
Warren 58 40,433 71 36 4,518
Ada 59 6,046 87 63 1,455
Uhrichsville 60 5,399 80 44 1,815
Bedford Heights 61 10,640 87 18 2,734
Bellbrook 62 7,082 99 19 1,044
Wyoming 63 8,484 117 15 1,697
Stow 64 34,746 96 9 1,977
Clayton 65 13,172 88 6 1,472
Canal Fulton 66 5,464 90 12 1,830
New Franklin 67 14,195 92 8 605
Springfield 68 59,761 77 22 7,831
Broadview Heights 69 19,257 106 10 254
Circleville 70 13,761 83 14 5,130
Marion 71 36,568 82 42 4,506
Troy 72 25,684 90 9 3,570
New Philadelphia 73 17,412 87 38 1,458
North Ridgeville 74 31,832 97 9 744
Grafton 75 6,075 97 12 543
Niles 76 18,877 74 38 4,582
Cortland 77 6,974 84 43 1,147
Wadsworth 78 22,578 97 13 1,939
Ironton 79 11,049 78 89 3,059
Medina 80 26,445 103 19 1,550
Vandalia 81 15,127 89 2 2,485
Loveland 82 12,641 104 25 1,162
Eastlake 83 18,342 91 27 2,475
Salem 84 12,071 83 33 2,419
Harrison 85 10,522 92 15 2,347
Greenville 86 12,979 84 24 2,835
Centerville 87 23,899 101 18 1,673
Piqua 88 20,743 81 17 5,249
Germantown 89 5,503 89 20 1,017
Centerville 90 23,899 101 18 1,673
Rittman 91 6,528 83 17 2,343
Orrville 92 8,351 87 20 1,568
Greenville 93 12,979 84 25 2,835
Greenville 94 12,979 84 25 2,835
Trotwood 95 24,372 77 9 5,009
Oxford 96 21,941 95 31 2,397
Sandusky 97 25,338 83 44 4,420
Painesville 98 19,735 95 37 2,128
Louisville 99 9,318 89 17 2,307
Xenia 100 26,105 85 21 3,371
Richmond Heights 101 10,476 91 20 3,083
Wapakoneta 102 9,786 82 45 2,033
Springdale 103 11,205 85 19 6,131
Belpre 104 6,450 84 80 1,550
Dublin 105 43,874 125 15 1,098
Lima 106 37,836 80 58 5,870
Lancaster 107 39,483 86 18 4,642
Springboro 108 17,978 106 23 873
Miamisburg 109 20,069 90 18 2,092
Massillon 110 32,268 86 17 3,653
Willoughby 111 22,495 94 27 1,978
Tallmadge 112 17,488 95 5 2,355
Marietta 113 13,912 85 83 1,056
Amherst 114 12,058 96 19 1,642
Beavercreek 115 46,086 98 14 2,237
Conneaut 116 12,782 79 22 2,706
Youngstown 117 65,161 72 42 5,530
Twinsburg 118 18,851 100 19 726
Port Clinton 119 6,004 88 56 2,981
Brecksville 120 13,470 111 13 482
Ashland 121 20,419 84 44 2,512
Fairfield 122 42,640 90 20 3,177
Newark 123 48,477 86 25 4,827
Hudson 124 22,282 121 13 583
Athens 125 24,365 97 55 1,584
Middletown 126 48,527 79 28 8,424
Canfield 127 7,376 93 36 1,138
Oberlin 128 8,353 92 20 2,322
Marysville 129 22,860 93 29 1,019
Zanesville 130 25,467 81 46 6,211
Groveport 131 5,500 90 3 3,309
New Albany 132 9,384 146 7 1,257
Delphos 133 7,216 86 65 2,591
Delaware 134 37,554 95 22 2,292
Montgomery 135 10,440 119 22 1,570
Highland Heights 136 8,366 109 21 1,302
Sidney 137 20,761 85 26 4,527
Moraine 138 6,343 80 14 11,839
Urbana 139 11,586 84 28 3,625
Bowling Green 140 31,641 91 90 2,136
Mason 141 32,025 107 28 1,217
Celina 142 10,349 86 48 3,884
Solon 143 23,085 113 21 771
Norwalk 144 16,862 90 41 2,550
Independence 145 7,115 107 11 1,883
Columbiana 146 6,463 92 35 1,253
Rossford 147 6,514 86 74 1,565
Nelsonville 148 5,249 80 45 3,619
Centerville 149 23,899 101 68 1,673
Centerville 150 23,899 101 68 1,673
Perrysburg 151 21,367 96 79 1,160
Vermilion 152 10,491 95 24 1,620
Aurora 153 15,712 109 19 1,081
Chillicothe 155 21,748 86 32 8,460
Van Wert 156 10,738 80 69 3,911
Pepper Pike 157 6,150 144 20 894
London 158 10,058 88 27 2,624
Shelby 159 8,751 83 55 3,816
Upper Sandusky 160 6,917 85 60 2,110
Kenton 161 7,719 82 58 4,806
Wooster 162 26,773 89 28 3,664
Chardon 163 5,194 95 35 1,617
Blue Ash 164 12,154 99 20 2,830
Lebanon 165 20,536 95 33 2,298
Beachwood 166 11,786 116 18 5,489
Mansfield 167 46,902 78 56 7,215
Fremont 168 16,388 84 65 6,211
Milford 169 6,833 93 22 4,609
Waterville 170 5,496 96 82 545
Clyde 172 6,282 85 58 2,769
Logan 173 7,205 86 33 4,663
Washington Court House 174 14,115 87 32 4,668
Kirtland 175 6,802 112 29 632
Wellston 176 5,595 82 52 3,878
Galion 177 10,245 82 51 5,739
Cambridge 178 10,495 83 69 5,936
Findlay 179 41,412 91 82 3,757
Defiance 180 16,725 85 95 3,007
Bucyrus 181 12,011 84 55 6,469
Napoleon 182 8,659 88 96 2,275
Wauseon 183 7,059 87 86 2,564
Mason 184 32,025 107 275 1,217
Northwood 185 5,337 81 73 3,672
Hillsboro 186 6,572 85 55 4,184
Heath 187 10,471 90 23 5,157
Jackson 188 6,346 85 55 4,427
Wilmington 189 12,441 87 38 5,232
Bellefontaine 190 13,211 89 39 4,776
Oregon 191 20,137 88 69 2,721
Maumee 192 14,018 93 77 4,137
Ontario 193 6,117 86 55 9,759

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