Best Small Towns In Ohio For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Ohio are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Ohio.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Ohio, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Buckeye State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Ohio based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Ohio ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Ohio for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Ohio? Ottawa Hills is the best small town in Ohio based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Ottawa Hills, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Buckeye State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Ohio For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,436
Median Income: $139,559 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $300,800 (16th Best)
More on Ottawa Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Mariemont, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,429
Median Income: $101,161 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $366,200 (8th Best)
More on Mariemont: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Chagrin Falls, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,061
Median Income: $96,694 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $347,700 (10th Best)
More on Chagrin Falls: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Minster, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,727
Median Income: $79,076 (49th Best)
Median Home Value: $175,800 (57th Best)
More on Minster: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,283
Median Income: $104,125 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $432,900 (4th Best)
More on Wetherington: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,521
Median Income: $70,125 (80th Best)
Median Home Value: $189,400 (49th Best)
More on Fort Loramie: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,387
Median Income: $127,331 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $390,600 (6th Best)
More on Four Bridges: Data | Homes For Sale

St. Henry, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,503
Median Income: $78,333 (52nd Best)
Median Home Value: $198,900 (44th Best)
More on St. Henry: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Evendale, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,859
Median Income: $121,750 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $281,500 (18th Best)
More on Evendale: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Terrace Park, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,350
Median Income: $163,958 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $503,600 (3rd Best)
More on Terrace Park: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,352
Median Income: $94,038 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $169,600 (61st Best)
More on Minerva Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Silver Lake, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,511
Median Income: $103,947 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $215,900 (36th Best)
More on Silver Lake: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,723
Median Income: $123,173 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $249,700 (24th Best)
More on Five Points: Data | Homes For Sale

New Bremen, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,318
Median Income: $80,438 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $168,700 (63rd Best)
More on New Bremen: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Mayfield, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,397
Median Income: $76,792 (56th Best)
Median Home Value: $240,800 (26th Best)
More on Mayfield: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Ohio

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 374 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 374, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Ohio. Top of that list — Ottawa Hills. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Ohio.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Ohio are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Ohio:

  1. Salineville
  2. Crooksville
  3. Pomeroy

For more ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Ohio

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Ottawa Hills, OH 4,436 $139,559.0 $300,800.0
2 Mariemont, OH 3,429 $101,161.0 $366,200.0
3 Chagrin Falls, OH 4,061 $96,694.0 $347,700.0
4 Minster, OH 2,727 $79,076.0 $175,800.0
5 Wetherington, OH 1,283 $104,125.0 $432,900.0
6 Fort Loramie, OH 1,521 $70,125.0 $189,400.0
7 Four Bridges, OH 3,387 $127,331.0 $390,600.0
8 St. Henry, OH 2,503 $78,333.0 $198,900.0
9 Evendale, OH 2,859 $121,750.0 $281,500.0
10 Terrace Park, OH 2,350 $163,958.0 $503,600.0
11 Minerva Park, OH 1,352 $94,038.0 $169,600.0
12 Silver Lake, OH 2,511 $103,947.0 $215,900.0
13 Five Points, OH 1,723 $123,173.0 $249,700.0
14 New Bremen, OH 3,318 $80,438.0 $168,700.0
15 Mayfield, OH 3,397 $76,792.0 $240,800.0
16 Sherwood, OH 3,448 $101,193.0 $188,600.0
17 Loveland Park, OH 1,888 $113,333.0 $165,800.0
18 Amberley, OH 3,780 $131,307.0 $307,400.0
19 Orange, OH 3,285 $105,385.0 $317,200.0
20 Sixteen Mile Stand, OH 2,804 $91,761.0 $388,900.0
21 South Russell, OH 3,801 $115,000.0 $326,600.0
22 Dillonvale, OH 3,441 $62,969.0 $141,300.0
23 Bluffton, OH 4,216 $69,238.0 $156,800.0
24 Holland, OH 1,613 $53,707.0 $157,100.0
25 Kalida, OH 1,355 $75,813.0 $166,300.0
26 Poland, OH 2,582 $71,471.0 $146,200.0
27 Fruit Hill, OH 3,931 $76,154.0 $169,300.0
28 Cherry Grove, OH 4,521 $87,910.0 $172,500.0
29 Miami Heights, OH 4,873 $95,000.0 $225,600.0
30 Glendale, OH 2,228 $100,781.0 $265,500.0
31 Bratenahl, OH 1,334 $89,107.0 $270,500.0
32 Moreland Hills, OH 3,316 $136,250.0 $427,700.0
33 Salem Heights, OH 3,277 $79,657.0 $166,500.0
34 Reminderville, OH 4,113 $78,656.0 $195,400.0
35 Valley View, OH 2,013 $91,711.0 $254,800.0
36 Mulberry, OH 3,772 $56,815.0 $145,100.0
37 Coldwater, OH 4,385 $55,969.0 $133,300.0
38 Brooklyn Heights, OH 1,686 $72,206.0 $159,900.0
39 New California, OH 1,738 $135,216.0 $342,800.0
40 Day Heights, OH 2,910 $75,896.0 $160,700.0
41 Highpoint, OH 1,338 $70,425.0 $93,800.0
42 Coldstream, OH 1,224 $171,042.0 $590,300.0
43 Anna, OH 1,487 $76,150.0 $140,800.0
44 Devola, OH 2,599 $68,824.0 $179,300.0
45 Choctaw Lake, OH 1,547 $112,639.0 $276,600.0
46 Granville South, OH 1,324 $113,750.0 $230,200.0
47 Whitehouse, OH 4,713 $87,955.0 $213,300.0
48 Hiram, OH 1,272 $70,625.0 $191,000.0
49 Haskins, OH 1,126 $81,250.0 $167,400.0
50 Bainbridge, OH 2,870 $107,898.0 $254,600.0
51 Gambier, OH 2,498 $72,847.0 $230,200.0
52 Greenhills, OH 3,596 $62,250.0 $118,200.0
53 Holiday Valley, OH 1,390 $80,952.0 $129,800.0
54 Dunlap, OH 1,498 $107,875.0 $243,200.0
55 Elida, OH 2,120 $77,557.0 $149,300.0
56 Pleasant Run Farm, OH 4,653 $71,579.0 $141,600.0
57 Blue Jay, OH 1,111 $79,450.0 $225,600.0
58 Curtice, OH 1,428 $94,028.0 $174,500.0
59 Arlington, OH 1,453 $55,682.0 $124,900.0
60 Gates Mills, OH 2,198 $161,250.0 $516,900.0
61 Dry Ridge, OH 2,630 $68,135.0 $180,000.0
62 Yellow Springs, OH 3,858 $64,413.0 $219,200.0
63 Versailles, OH 2,676 $54,950.0 $138,300.0
64 Sheffield, OH 4,126 $73,915.0 $202,500.0
65 Mogadore, OH 3,645 $66,061.0 $117,000.0
66 Richfield, OH 3,647 $77,450.0 $237,000.0
67 Dalton, OH 1,557 $53,542.0 $150,000.0
68 Huber Ridge, OH 4,511 $68,967.0 $132,600.0
69 Uniontown, OH 3,250 $68,583.0 $159,400.0
70 Westfield Center, OH 1,191 $87,875.0 $211,100.0
71 Botkins, OH 1,171 $54,250.0 $118,400.0
72 Boston Heights, OH 1,122 $112,083.0 $351,400.0
73 Ross, OH 3,526 $77,500.0 $185,500.0
74 Commercial Point, OH 1,758 $79,205.0 $184,000.0
75 Pleasant Hill, OH 1,305 $59,500.0 $118,000.0
76 Fort Recovery, OH 1,487 $61,375.0 $109,100.0
77 Beechwood Trails, OH 3,297 $94,104.0 $203,700.0
78 Smithville, OH 1,346 $58,828.0 $130,300.0
79 Waynesville, OH 3,038 $63,576.0 $162,800.0
80 Greentown, OH 3,240 $91,583.0 $192,000.0
81 Elmore, OH 1,401 $55,000.0 $119,400.0
82 Kings Mills, OH 1,564 $72,961.0 $235,300.0
83 Montrose-Ghent, OH 4,928 $101,765.0 $329,500.0
84 Doyle, OH 3,097 $65,139.0 $147,200.0
85 Farmersville, OH 1,105 $65,481.0 $109,700.0
86 Mccomb, OH 1,711 $52,151.0 $114,400.0
87 Pleasant Run, OH 4,460 $64,875.0 $118,700.0
88 Ballville, OH 2,737 $56,221.0 $151,900.0
89 North Kingsville, OH 2,816 $62,656.0 $142,700.0
90 South Lebanon, OH 4,622 $66,034.0 $181,500.0
91 Lake Mohawk, OH 1,771 $83,676.0 $176,500.0
92 Woodville, OH 2,118 $61,630.0 $130,100.0
93 Plain City, OH 4,421 $76,004.0 $209,200.0
94 Walton Hills, OH 2,215 $64,643.0 $206,900.0
95 Mount Repose, OH 4,446 $69,267.0 $156,200.0
96 Fairfax, OH 1,707 $53,388.0 $131,400.0
97 Hunter, OH 2,210 $61,797.0 $142,500.0
98 Green Meadows, OH 2,366 $59,516.0 $116,600.0
99 Lake Darby, OH 4,577 $87,596.0 $152,000.0
100 Northfield, OH 3,677 $59,712.0 $139,400.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.