These Are The 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.

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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 most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not 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.

Where exactly in Ohio is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns North Canton as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 2019:

Why did North Canton 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 best places to retire in America.

For Ohio state reading:

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.

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

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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

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:

Detailed List Of 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
11 Berea 18,949 $753
12 Vandalia 15,127 $692
13 Greenville 12,979 $609
14 Westlake 32,408 $1,066
15 Englewood 13,512 $714
16 Youngstown 65,161 $619
17 Tallmadge 17,488 $726
18 Steubenville 18,305 $585
19 Hudson 22,282 $1,842
20 Amherst 12,058 $845
21 Brecksville 13,470 $1,452
22 Ironton 11,049 $579
23 Clayton 13,172 $789
24 New Philadelphia 17,412 $698
25 Seven Hills 11,697 $1,165
26 Barberton 26,266 $676
27 Westerville 38,089 $927
28 Strongsville 44,622 $908
29 Upper Arlington 34,675 $1,074
30 Lakewood 50,866 $715
31 Salem 12,071 $646
32 Urbana 11,586 $645
33 Norton 12,044 $923
34 Kettering 55,720 $758
35 Cambridge 10,495 $576
36 Twinsburg 18,851 $1,027
37 Wickliffe 12,718 $876
38 Niles 18,877 $649
39 Bucyrus 12,011 $631
40 Xenia 26,105 $665
41 Brunswick 34,578 $832
42 Van Wert 10,738 $633
43 Chillicothe 21,748 $701
44 Miamisburg 20,069 $750
45 Stow 34,746 $920
46 Centerville 23,899 $853
47 Brooklyn 10,936 $677
48 North Ridgeville 31,832 $1,071
49 Cuyahoga Falls 49,353 $798
50 Elyria 53,928 $710
51 Sandusky 25,338 $640
52 Canton 72,163 $606
53 Richmond Heights 10,476 $758
54 Akron 198,508 $693
55 Piqua 20,743 $674
56 Kent 29,761 $770
57 Dayton 141,143 $636
58 Galion 10,245 $614
59 Ashland 20,419 $680
60 Norwalk 16,862 $602
61 Bedford Heights 10,640 $718
62 Warren 40,433 $594
63 Alliance 22,121 $644
64 Mentor 46,896 $925
65 Circleville 13,761 $746
66 Wadsworth 22,578 $814
67 Eastlake 18,342 $781
68 Aurora 15,712 $1,461
69 Wooster 26,773 $684
70 Cleveland 389,165 $660
71 Lyndhurst 13,736 $1,106
72 Defiance 16,725 $684
73 Cincinnati 298,011 $662
74 Trotwood 24,372 $726
75 Lancaster 39,483 $748
76 Solon 23,085 $1,200
77 Austintown 28,468 $614
78 Sidney 20,761 $684
79 Montgomery 10,440 $1,116
80 Gahanna 34,373 $984
81 Mansfield 46,902 $592
82 Struthers 10,445 $616
83 Perrysburg 21,367 $888
84 Streetsboro 16,224 $967
85 Bedford 12,782 $787
86 Tiffin 17,701 $667
87 Loveland 12,641 $793
88 Macedonia 11,595 $1,202
89 Bexley 13,534 $913
90 Marion 36,568 $681
91 Fremont 16,388 $628
92 Pickerington 19,379 $1,033
93 Blue Ash 12,154 $1,054
94 Willoughby 22,495 $864
95 Bowling Green 31,641 $667
96 Marysville 22,860 $855
97 Zanesville 25,467 $632
98 Oregon 20,137 $620
99 Dublin 43,874 $1,266
100 Bellefontaine 13,211 $738

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