These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Ohio For 2018


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 2018:

  1. Ottawa Hills (Homes For Sale)
  2. Silver Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Mariemont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Wetherington (Homes For Sale)
  5. Four Bridges (Homes For Sale)
  6. Minerva Park (Homes For Sale)
  7. St. Henry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fort Loramie (Homes For Sale)
  9. Minster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Terrace Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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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 – 385 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 385, 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.

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1. Ottawa Hills


Population: 4,497
Median Income: $118,700 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $273,400 (17th Best)
More on Ottawa Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Silver Lake

Silver Lake, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,452
Median Income: $94,500 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $198,100 (39th Best)
More on Silver Lake: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

3. Mariemont

Mariemont, OH

Population: 3,400
Median Income: $92,216 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $364,900 (7th Best)
More on Mariemont: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

4. Wetherington


Population: 1,527
Median Income: $120,530 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $420,200 (4th Best)
More on Wetherington: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Four Bridges


Population: 3,359
Median Income: $105,000 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $383,800 (5th Best)
More on Four Bridges: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Minerva Park


Population: 1,299
Median Income: $84,896 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,400 (71st Best)
More on Minerva Park: Data| Homes For Sale

7. St. Henry

St. Henry, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,646
Median Income: $75,313 (50th Best)
Median Home Value: $166,900 (66th Best)
More on St. Henry: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

8. Fort Loramie


Population: 1,375
Median Income: $69,886 (72nd Best)
Median Home Value: $175,700 (56th Best)
More on Fort Loramie: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Minster

Minster, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,898
Median Income: $70,478 (63rd Best)
Median Home Value: $169,100 (64th Best)
More on Minster: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

10. Terrace Park

Terrace Park, OH

Population: 2,356
Median Income: $145,625 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $496,700 (2nd Best)
More on Terrace Park: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

11. Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,056
Median Income: $75,260 (51st Best)
Median Home Value: $328,100 (10th Best)
More on Chagrin Falls: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

12. Five Points


Population: 1,905
Median Income: $108,304 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $259,400 (21st Best)
More on Five Points: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Sixteen Mile Stand


Population: 3,185
Median Income: $85,930 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $353,200 (8th Best)
More on Sixteen Mile Stand: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Evendale

Evendale, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,769
Median Income: $113,875 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $264,200 (19th Best)
More on Evendale: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

15. Orange


Population: 3,288
Median Income: $102,109 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $291,800 (16th Best)
More on Orange: Data| Homes For Sale

16. New Bremen

New Bremen, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,159
Median Income: $70,122 (68th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,000 (72nd Best)
More on New Bremen: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. Sherwood


Population: 3,342
Median Income: $90,139 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $184,400 (50th Best)
More on Sherwood: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Kings Mills


Population: 1,470
Median Income: $102,768 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $194,200 (42nd Best)
More on Kings Mills: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Amberley

Amberley, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,595
Median Income: $115,703 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $305,500 (13th Best)
More on Amberley: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

20. Kalida


Population: 1,370
Median Income: $76,250 (45th Best)
Median Home Value: $171,200 (59th Best)
More on Kalida: 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. Winchester
  2. Salineville
  3. Glouster

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Ohio

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Ottawa Hills 4,497 $118,700 $273,400
2 Silver Lake 2,452 $94,500 $198,100
3 Mariemont 3,400 $92,216 $364,900
4 Wetherington 1,527 $120,530 $420,200
5 Four Bridges 3,359 $105,000 $383,800
6 Minerva Park 1,299 $84,896 $163,400
7 St. Henry 2,646 $75,313 $166,900
8 Fort Loramie 1,375 $69,886 $175,700
9 Minster 2,898 $70,478 $169,100
10 Terrace Park 2,356 $145,625 $496,700
11 Chagrin Falls 4,056 $75,260 $328,100
12 Five Points 1,905 $108,304 $259,400
13 Sixteen Mile Stand 3,185 $85,930 $353,200
14 Evendale 2,769 $113,875 $264,200
15 Orange 3,288 $102,109 $291,800
16 New Bremen 3,159 $70,122 $162,000
17 Sherwood 3,342 $90,139 $184,400
18 Kings Mills 1,470 $102,768 $194,200
19 Amberley 3,595 $115,703 $305,500
20 Kalida 1,370 $76,250 $171,200
21 Mulberry 3,802 $64,167 $148,200
22 New California 1,996 $128,000 $324,200
23 Glendale 2,246 $96,964 $245,300
24 Devola 2,590 $76,127 $176,000
25 Bratenahl 1,203 $82,500 $266,500
26 Mayfield 3,401 $72,156 $234,200
27 Reminderville 3,862 $71,417 $172,700
28 Gambier 2,469 $70,368 $216,500
29 Poland 2,671 $71,321 $142,300
30 Bluffton 4,376 $73,132 $139,900
31 Cherry Grove 4,539 $78,173 $168,700
32 Choctaw Lake 1,465 $112,731 $249,600
33 Commercial Point 1,844 $87,438 $170,800
34 Anna 1,633 $69,107 $119,300
35 Dillonvale 3,414 $64,337 $135,900
36 Granville South 1,326 $110,833 $236,100
37 Sunbury 4,926 $69,671 $186,400
38 Greentown 4,088 $84,944 $189,500
39 Elida 1,935 $70,069 $139,200
40 Coldstream 1,236 $151,765 $572,900
41 South Russell 3,839 $107,250 $317,800
42 Montrose-Ghent 4,776 $101,884 $301,000
43 Day Heights 2,599 $72,318 $155,100
44 Holiday Valley 1,379 $75,652 $119,900
45 Miami Heights 4,740 $81,204 $208,500
46 Loveland Park 1,318 $64,754 $156,900
47 Ballville 2,881 $53,773 $147,100
48 Botkins 1,323 $52,321 $114,500
49 Beechwood Trails 2,994 $88,478 $187,100
50 Haskins 1,435 $74,792 $160,200
51 Salem Heights 3,175 $80,203 $150,000
52 Ross 3,693 $70,731 $158,700
53 Elmore 1,261 $58,750 $115,500
54 Whitehouse 4,378 $76,133 $184,900
55 Berlin 1,193 $77,500 $184,400
56 Holland 1,747 $46,950 $147,200
57 Pleasant Run 4,592 $65,222 $108,000
58 Bainbridge 3,096 $103,208 $263,100
59 Boston Heights 1,208 $103,603 $347,800
60 Richfield 3,651 $67,875 $225,900
61 Moreland Hills 3,297 $139,539 $379,400
62 Dunlap 1,926 $116,667 $230,700
63 Mogadore 3,662 $62,477 $113,400
64 Valley View 1,974 $86,071 $245,600
65 Brooklyn Heights 1,603 $64,722 $146,400
66 Doyle 3,089 $61,092 $139,500
67 Dalton 1,698 $48,964 $138,800
68 Glenwillow 1,129 $87,375 $252,400
69 Westfield Center 1,199 $79,167 $199,800
70 Dry Ridge 2,573 $66,419 $194,800
71 North Zanesville 2,846 $60,750 $156,700
72 Pandora 1,183 $49,931 $113,700
73 Coldwater 4,349 $48,250 $120,500
74 Yellow Springs 3,784 $62,500 $210,900
75 Arlington 1,439 $44,830 $123,500
76 Uniontown 3,624 $62,000 $148,400
77 Plain City 4,444 $61,958 $192,900
78 Seville 2,505 $55,188 $141,400
79 Sheffield 4,045 $75,461 $183,200
80 Walton Hills 2,236 $69,167 $206,600
81 Mount Repose 4,691 $59,959 $142,000
82 West Liberty 1,725 $46,181 $112,600
83 Waynesville 2,967 $61,005 $160,900
84 Fairfax 1,689 $51,189 $118,200
85 Wilberforce 2,295 $83,320 $169,300
86 Smithville 1,249 $49,554 $126,100
87 Brookfield Center 1,475 $69,583 $113,300
88 North Kingsville 2,859 $61,555 $132,400
89 Milan 1,263 $66,250 $136,900
90 Lake Mohawk 1,604 $83,750 $197,600
91 Enon 2,648 $55,795 $142,700
92 Highpoint 1,248 $70,078 $116,300
93 Fruit Hill 3,743 $73,618 $164,800
94 Strasburg 3,007 $51,369 $136,200
95 Huber Ridge 4,569 $60,563 $121,700
96 Gates Mills 2,229 $132,167 $437,400
97 Blue Jay 1,225 $99,107 $202,200
98 Hiram 1,320 $49,779 $187,100
99 Fort Recovery 1,437 $57,250 $105,400
100 Taylor Creek 3,229 $72,946 $201,100

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