These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Ohio For 2018


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 North Canton don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Buckeye State to retire for 2018:

  1. North Canton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Parma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Rocky River (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Vermilion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Dover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. East Cleveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Worthington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fairview Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Troy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. New Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 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 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.

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1. North Canton

North Canton, Ohio

Population: 17,422
Median Rent: $769
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,607
More on North Canton: Homes For Sale | Data
In 1831, the Community of North Canton first began as the Village of New Berlin. Residents were primarily of German descent. William H. ?Boss? Hoover moved his tannery business from the family farm to the center of the North Canton village in 1873. In 1908, The Hoover Company began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. During World War I, in 1918, the community changed the name of the village to North Canton. The Hoover Company became the world?s largest manufacturer of vacuum cleaners in 1933. The North Canton Jaycees were formed in 1951. In 2007, the Hoover Company officially shut down. The Hoover Company’s old building was bought in 2010 for residential, educational, and recreational proposes. The old Hoover Company building was sold by sections in 2013 to be transformed into a mall and apartments.

2. Parma

Parma, Ohio

Source: Public domain’

Population: 80,088
Median Rent: $778
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,510
More on Parma: Homes For Sale | Data
In 1806, the area that would eventually become Parma and Parma Heights was originally surveyed by Abraham Tappan, a surveyor for the Connecticut Land Company, and was known as Township 6 – Range 13. This designation gave the town its first identity in the Western Reserve. Soon after, Township 6 – Range 13 was commonly referred to as ‘Greenbriar,’ supposedly for the rambling bush that grew there. Benajah Fay, his wife Ruth Wilcox Fay, and their ten children, arrivals from Lewis County, New York, were the first settlers in 1816. It was then that Greenbriar, under a newly organized government seat under Brooklyn Township, began attending to its own governmental needs.

Self-government started to gain in popularity by the time the new Greenbriar settlement contained twenty householders. However, prior to the establishment of the new township, the name Greenbriar was replaced by the name Parma. This was largely due to Dr. David Long who had recently returned from Italy and ‘impressed with the grandeur and beauty…was reminded of Parma, Italy and…persuaded the early townspeople that the territory deserved a better name than Greenbriar.’

3. Rocky River

Rocky River, Ohio

Source: Public domain’

Population: 20,211
Median Rent: $838
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 435
More on Rocky River: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Vermilion

Vermilion, Ohio

Source: Public domain’

Population: 10,491
Median Rent: $801
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,048
More on Vermilion: Homes For Sale | Data
Vermilion was initially settled in the early 19th century and incorporated as a village in 1837. The city took its name from the nearby Vermilion River. It developed as a fishing and small boat harbor. In 1847 the Congress of the United States built the Vermilion Lighthouse to aid navigation on Lake Erie.

5. Dover

Dover, Ohio

Population: 12,886
Median Rent: $741
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
Crime Per 100k: 838
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Dover was platted in 1807, and most likely was named after the local Dover family. A post office has been in operation at Dover since 1815.

6. East Cleveland

East Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Public domain’

Population: 17,413
Median Rent: $575
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,601
More on East Cleveland: Homes For Sale | Data
Historically East Cleveland was partially founded by Scottish immigrants, whose names can still be found in the city such as Shaw, McIlrath, and Eddy. East Cleveland incorporated as a village in 1895 and became a city in 1911. This charter included provisions for women’s suffrage, which at the time was unheard of east of the Mississippi River. Before the charter passed, the city of Cleveland unsuccessfully attempted to annex the emerging municipality in 1910 and again in 1916.

7. Worthington

Worthington, Ohio

Source: Public domain’

Population: 14,155
Median Rent: $882
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,681
More on Worthington: Homes For Sale | Data
On May 5, 1802 a group of prospective settlers founded the Scioto Company at the home of Rev. Eber B. Clark in Granby, Connecticut for the purpose of forming a settlement between the Muskingum River and Great Miami River in the Ohio Country. James Kilbourne was elected president and Josiah Topping secretary (McCormick 1998:7). On August 30, 1802 James Kilbourne and Nathaniel Little arrived at Colonel Thomas Worthington’s home in Chillicothe, Ohio. They tentatively reserved land along the Scioto River on the Pickaway Plains for their new settlement (McCormick 1998:17).

8. Fairview Park

Fairview Park, Ohio

Source: Public domain’

Population: 16,473
Median Rent: $703
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,572
More on Fairview Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Fairview Park was originally part of Rockport Township, later the Rocky River hamlet. The hamlet was incorporated as a village in 1903 and was split in 1910, with the northern part of the region becoming Rocky River and the southern part assuming the name Goldwood. Part of the Goldwood Township was later annexed to Rocky River and Goldwood would subsequently be incorporated as a separate village. Afterwards, Goldwood was split into two regions. A large portion of the land to the north became the Village of Fairview (later Fairview Village). Meanwhile, the remaining land located in the southwest corner and land along Center Ridge Road remained as Goldwood and was later incorporated as a village. By 1925, the remaining Goldwood region was renamed Parkview.

9. Troy

Troy, Ohio

Source: Public domain’

Population: 25,684
Median Rent: $746
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,904
More on Troy: Homes For Sale | Data
Troy was platted ca. 1807. A post office called Troy has been in operation since 1824.

10. New Franklin

New Franklin, Ohio

Population: 14,195
Median Rent: $825
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 838
More on New Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire 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:

  • Monroe
  • Heath
  • Forest Park

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Ohio

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
North Canton 1 17,422 $769 11 1,607
Parma 2 80,088 $778 6 1,510
Rocky River 3 20,211 $838 4 435
Vermilion 4 10,491 $801 24 1,048
Dover 5 12,886 $741 35 838
East Cleveland 6 17,413 $575 16 2,601
Worthington 7 14,155 $882 9 1,681
Fairview Park 8 16,473 $703 2 1,572
Troy 9 25,684 $746 9 2,904
New Franklin 10 14,195 $825 8 838
Berea 11 18,949 $753 2 1,013
Vandalia 12 15,127 $692 2 2,260
Greenville 13 12,979 $609 25 2,766
Westlake 14 32,408 $1066 4 1,465
Englewood 15 13,512 $714 5 3,123
Youngstown 16 65,161 $619 10 4,359
Tallmadge 17 17,488 $726 5 2,435
Steubenville 18 18,305 $585 23 6,255
Hudson 19 22,282 $1842 13 430
Amherst 20 12,058 $845 19 1,617
Brecksville 21 13,470 $1452 13 430
Ironton 22 11,049 $579 89 2,633
Clayton 23 13,172 $789 6 1,070
New Philadelphia 24 17,412 $698 38 1,096
Seven Hills 25 11,697 $1165 9 581
Barberton 26 26,266 $676 7 3,327
Westerville 27 38,089 $927 8 2,509
Strongsville 28 44,622 $908 6 2,019
Upper Arlington 29 34,675 $1074 9 1,589
Lakewood 30 50,866 $715 5 1,846
Salem 31 12,071 $646 33 2,642
Urbana 32 11,586 $645 28 3,745
Norton 33 12,044 $923 9 1,162
Kettering 34 55,720 $758 14 1,940
Cambridge 35 10,495 $576 69 4,745
Twinsburg 36 18,851 $1027 19 801
Wickliffe 37 12,718 $876 23 1,965
Niles 38 18,877 $649 38 3,056
Bucyrus 39 12,011 $631 55 4,287
Xenia 40 26,105 $665 21 3,348
Brunswick 41 34,578 $832 11 720
Van Wert 42 10,738 $633 69 3,557
Chillicothe 43 21,748 $701 32 8,465
Miamisburg 44 20,069 $750 18 1,235
Stow 45 34,746 $920 9 1,934
Centerville 46 23,899 $853 68 1,527
Brooklyn 47 10,936 $677 5 6,419
North Ridgeville 48 31,832 $1071 9 644
Cuyahoga Falls 49 49,353 $798 10 2,451
Elyria 50 53,928 $710 13 3,048
Sandusky 51 25,338 $640 44 3,772
Canton 52 72,163 $606 16 6,015
Richmond Heights 53 10,476 $758 20 2,634
Akron 54 198,508 $693 4 4,968
Piqua 55 20,743 $674 17 4,440
Kent 56 29,761 $770 9 1,891
Dayton 57 141,143 $636 8 6,119
Galion 58 10,245 $614 51 3,494
Ashland 59 20,419 $680 44 2,100
Norwalk 60 16,862 $602 41 2,668
Bedford Heights 61 10,640 $718 18 2,988
Warren 62 40,433 $594 36 4,295
Alliance 63 22,121 $644 20 3,928
Mentor 64 46,896 $925 32 2,313
Circleville 65 13,761 $746 14 5,166
Wadsworth 66 22,578 $814 13 2,227
Eastlake 67 18,342 $781 27 2,469
Aurora 68 15,712 $1461 19 1,139
Wooster 69 26,773 $684 28 3,171
Cleveland 70 389,165 $660 9 6,894
Lyndhurst 71 13,736 $1106 19 1,514
Defiance 72 16,725 $684 95 2,188
Cincinnati 73 298,011 $662 10 6,074
Trotwood 74 24,372 $726 9 4,316
Lancaster 75 39,483 $748 18 4,981
Solon 76 23,085 $1200 21 805
Austintown 77 28,468 $614 38 3,056
Sidney 78 20,761 $684 26 4,677
Montgomery 79 10,440 $1116 22 1,455
Gahanna 80 34,373 $984 2 2,353
Mansfield 81 46,902 $592 56 5,999
Struthers 82 10,445 $616 42 2,594
Perrysburg 83 21,367 $888 79 1,179
Streetsboro 84 16,224 $967 15 1,540
Bedford 85 12,782 $787 16 2,229
Tiffin 86 17,701 $667 72 2,434
Loveland 87 12,641 $793 25 1,091
Macedonia 88 11,595 $1202 19 1,768
Bexley 89 13,534 $913 3 2,844
Marion 90 36,568 $681 42 3,902
Fremont 91 16,388 $628 65 5,333
Pickerington 92 19,379 $1033 9 2,301
Blue Ash 93 12,154 $1054 20 2,723
Willoughby 94 22,495 $864 27 2,324
Bowling Green 95 31,641 $667 90 1,902
Marysville 96 22,860 $855 29 660
Zanesville 97 25,467 $632 46 5,422
Oregon 98 20,137 $620 69 3,486
Dublin 99 43,874 $1266 15 1,228
Bellefontaine 100 13,211 $738 39 3,232
Powell 101 12,436 $1675 15 852
Springfield 102 59,761 $675 22 7,448
Wilmington 103 12,441 $673 38 4,790
London 104 10,058 $764 27 2,893
Mason 105 32,025 $1056 275 1,049
Beavercreek 106 46,086 $1135 14 2,380
Lebanon 107 20,536 $790 33 1,865
Harrison 108 10,522 $709 15 2,908
Huber Heights 109 38,795 $887 6 3,490
Hilliard 110 33,108 $1004 13 1,138
Delaware 111 37,554 $861 22 2,564
Springboro 112 17,978 $989 23 634
Riverside 113 25,036 $798 9 2,672
Franklin 114 11,802 $782 24 4,787
Hamilton 115 62,259 $749 24 5,840
Washington Court House 116 14,115 $689 32 4,597
Mount Vernon 117 16,777 $676 34 4,154
Columbus 118 837,038 $856 5 4,731
West Carrollton 119 13,012 $770 16 2,920
Fairfield 120 42,640 $844 20 2,708
Middletown 121 48,527 $745 28 7,317
Fairborn 122 33,487 $762 13 2,962
Lima 123 37,836 $628 58 6,911
Cleveland Heights 124 45,160 $871 16 2,528
South Euclid 125 21,865 $943 18 2,766
Maumee 126 14,018 $767 77 2,817
Reynoldsburg 127 36,995 $948 5 3,857
Toledo 128 280,854 $651 70 5,166
University Heights 129 13,273 $987 17 2,636
Norwood 130 19,462 $706 13 5,472
Athens 131 24,365 $754 55 2,006
Whitehall 132 18,596 $796 2 7,076
Forest Park 133 18,679 $881 18 3,640
Heath 134 10,471 $836 23 6,560
Monroe 135 13,552 $977 31 3,394

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