These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Ohio For 2019


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

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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 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Ohio for 2019:

  1. Ottawa Hills (Homes)
  2. Chagrin Falls (Photos | Homes)
  3. Silver Lake (Photos | Homes)
  4. Minster (Photos | Homes)
  5. Mariemont (Photos | Homes)
  6. Four Bridges (Homes)
  7. St. Henry (Photos | Homes)
  8. Wetherington (Homes)
  9. Fort Loramie (Homes)
  10. Evendale (Photos | Homes)

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:

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 2012-2016 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 – 373 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 373, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Ohio. Top of that list — Ottawa Hills.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Ohio.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,469
Median Income: $123,462 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $269,900 (15th Best)
More on Ottawa Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Chagrin Falls, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,081
Median Income: $86,607 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $335,600 (11th Best)
More on Chagrin Falls: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Silver Lake, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,450
Median Income: $100,486 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $204,900 (35th Best)
More on Silver Lake: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Minster, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,976
Median Income: $76,964 (51st Best)
Median Home Value: $172,200 (59th Best)
More on Minster: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Mariemont, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,404
Median Income: $98,208 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $372,700 (7th Best)
More on Mariemont: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,450
Median Income: $115,968 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $369,000 (8th Best)
More on Four Bridges: Data | Homes For Sale

St. Henry, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,716
Median Income: $80,313 (46th Best)
Median Home Value: $185,100 (48th Best)
More on St. Henry: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,398
Median Income: $117,096 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $441,400 (4th Best)
More on Wetherington: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,459
Median Income: $68,750 (72nd Best)
Median Home Value: $183,200 (50th Best)
More on Fort Loramie: Data | Homes For Sale

Evendale, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,857
Median Income: $115,882 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $267,300 (17th Best)
More on Evendale: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

New Bremen, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,085
Median Income: $74,321 (54th Best)
Median Home Value: $165,700 (66th Best)
More on New Bremen: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Mayfield, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,408
Median Income: $81,845 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $245,400 (25th Best)
More on Mayfield: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Orange, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,280
Median Income: $105,167 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $312,500 (13th Best)
More on Orange: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,336
Median Income: $87,778 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,800 (68th Best)
More on Minerva Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Terrace Park, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,341
Median Income: $160,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $507,100 (2nd Best)
More on Terrace Park: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Amberley, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,766
Median Income: $124,750 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $310,300 (14th Best)
More on Amberley: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,624
Median Income: $88,125 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $155,400 (81st Best)
More on Loveland Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,036
Median Income: $86,473 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $385,600 (5th Best)
More on Sixteen Mile Stand: Data | Homes For Sale

Glendale, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,158
Median Income: $101,359 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $247,200 (23rd Best)
More on Glendale: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,830
Median Income: $115,114 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $260,600 (18th Best)
More on Five Points: Data | Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Middleport
  3. Winchester

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 4,469 $123,462.0 $269,900.0
2 Chagrin Falls 4,081 $86,607.0 $335,600.0
3 Silver Lake 2,450 $100,486.0 $204,900.0
4 Minster 2,976 $76,964.0 $172,200.0
5 Mariemont 3,404 $98,208.0 $372,700.0
6 Four Bridges 3,450 $115,968.0 $369,000.0
7 St. Henry 2,716 $80,313.0 $185,100.0
8 Wetherington 1,398 $117,096.0 $441,400.0
9 Fort Loramie 1,459 $68,750.0 $183,200.0
10 Evendale 2,857 $115,882.0 $267,300.0
11 New Bremen 3,085 $74,321.0 $165,700.0
12 Mayfield 3,408 $81,845.0 $245,400.0
13 Orange 3,280 $105,167.0 $312,500.0
14 Minerva Park 1,336 $87,778.0 $163,800.0
15 Terrace Park 2,341 $160,000.0 $507,100.0
16 Amberley 3,766 $124,750.0 $310,300.0
17 Loveland Park 1,624 $88,125.0 $155,400.0
18 Sixteen Mile Stand 3,036 $86,473.0 $385,600.0
19 Glendale 2,158 $101,359.0 $247,200.0
20 Five Points 1,830 $115,114.0 $260,600.0
21 Bratenahl 1,281 $84,500.0 $269,000.0
22 New California 1,951 $122,031.0 $343,400.0
23 Kalida 1,304 $75,000.0 $174,600.0
24 Sherwood 3,424 $91,434.0 $180,700.0
25 Devola 2,589 $73,750.0 $177,900.0
26 Mulberry 3,761 $58,071.0 $150,000.0
27 Reminderville 3,996 $76,343.0 $184,300.0
28 Poland 2,635 $72,283.0 $147,000.0
29 Salem Heights 3,132 $79,850.0 $162,300.0
30 Cherry Grove 4,511 $85,078.0 $170,500.0
31 Fruit Hill 3,963 $78,417.0 $168,600.0
32 Holland 1,620 $52,647.0 $153,500.0
33 Day Heights 2,855 $80,893.0 $157,100.0
34 Choctaw Lake 1,487 $115,144.0 $247,600.0
35 Gambier 2,493 $65,438.0 $217,400.0
36 Granville South 1,348 $108,750.0 $233,200.0
37 Whitehouse 4,452 $87,683.0 $197,700.0
38 Elida 1,910 $71,917.0 $143,200.0
39 Dillonvale 3,477 $61,020.0 $138,100.0
40 Kings Mills 1,483 $87,083.0 $247,200.0
41 Anna 1,547 $73,415.0 $121,200.0
42 Holiday Valley 1,402 $74,097.0 $127,100.0
43 Moreland Hills 3,309 $141,681.0 $384,500.0
44 Coldstream 1,218 $173,281.0 $584,400.0
45 Dalton 1,660 $52,708.0 $145,000.0
46 Commercial Point 1,813 $87,500.0 $175,500.0
47 Miami Heights 4,740 $85,699.0 $220,600.0
48 Botkins 1,358 $53,600.0 $117,500.0
49 Richfield 3,649 $84,457.0 $239,000.0
50 Greentown 3,893 $104,315.0 $192,300.0
51 Haskins 1,334 $81,705.0 $164,100.0
52 South Russell 3,818 $104,219.0 $327,500.0
53 Ross 3,466 $73,886.0 $177,200.0
54 Bluffton 4,383 $66,435.0 $147,200.0
55 Boston Heights 1,209 $115,781.0 $347,500.0
56 Pleasant Run Farm 4,839 $66,925.0 $136,400.0
57 Dunlap 1,763 $128,438.0 $244,800.0
58 Yellow Springs 3,876 $62,500.0 $215,200.0
59 Coldwater 4,102 $52,946.0 $121,800.0
60 Uniontown 3,319 $66,523.0 $150,600.0
61 Blue Jay 1,079 $105,250.0 $206,900.0
62 Bainbridge 2,983 $105,781.0 $257,900.0
63 Valley View 2,051 $88,462.0 $254,500.0
64 Glenwillow 1,047 $86,250.0 $211,800.0
65 Arlington 1,372 $49,500.0 $129,200.0
66 Berlin 1,089 $84,088.0 $197,700.0
67 Highpoint 1,409 $67,941.0 $125,400.0
68 Fairfax 1,707 $52,297.0 $121,400.0
69 Ballville 2,771 $55,801.0 $154,100.0
70 Elmore 1,168 $55,804.0 $111,400.0
71 Versailles 2,699 $51,417.0 $135,400.0
72 Brooklyn Heights 1,664 $68,850.0 $152,500.0
73 Hiram 1,294 $62,222.0 $193,400.0
74 Summerside 4,794 $58,353.0 $129,300.0
75 Pemberville 1,570 $62,885.0 $132,400.0
76 Westfield Center 1,156 $79,250.0 $204,900.0
77 Lake Mohawk 1,707 $85,089.0 $183,100.0
78 Pleasant Run 4,299 $65,769.0 $113,500.0
79 Beechwood Trails 3,135 $93,583.0 $197,200.0
80 Doyle 3,081 $64,565.0 $152,900.0
81 Mogadore 3,743 $62,207.0 $114,500.0
82 Lake Darby 4,265 $86,081.0 $146,000.0
83 North Zanesville 2,718 $59,750.0 $161,100.0
84 Seville 2,538 $55,515.0 $141,300.0
85 Dry Ridge 2,607 $69,405.0 $200,900.0
86 Gates Mills 2,269 $151,042.0 $488,400.0
87 Greenhills 3,599 $56,587.0 $113,900.0
88 North Kingsville 2,847 $59,776.0 $134,800.0
89 Plain City 4,484 $73,351.0 $202,200.0
90 Farmersville 1,116 $61,146.0 $105,600.0
91 Sheffield 4,067 $73,456.0 $194,800.0
92 Curtice 1,695 $98,625.0 $160,500.0
93 Columbus Grove 2,165 $50,114.0 $110,500.0
94 Pleasant Hill 1,279 $56,310.0 $113,800.0
95 Wilberforce 2,244 $74,038.0 $139,600.0
96 Walton Hills 2,217 $63,603.0 $202,000.0
97 Strasburg 2,923 $52,337.0 $138,200.0
98 Waynesville 2,990 $64,621.0 $160,300.0
99 Pandora 1,141 $50,500.0 $108,100.0
100 Huber Ridge 4,635 $64,137.0 $127,200.0

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