These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Ohio


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Ohio (in which to live):

  1. Riverlea
  2. Marble Cliff
  3. Sherwood
  4. Sherwood
  5. Timberlake
  6. Van Buren
  7. Sugar Bush Knolls
  8. Hills And Dales
  9. Hartford
  10. Dillonvale

If you live in one of these small towns like Riverlea, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Ohio.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Ohio

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 362 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 362, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Ohio. Top of that list — Riverlea.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Ohio. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Ohio.

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1. Riverlea


Population 2014: 550
Median Income: $121,458
Median Home Price: $298,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,134

2. Marble Cliff


Population 2014: 641
Median Income: $78,667
Median Home Price: $473,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,134

3. Sherwood


Population 2014: 3,539
Median Income: $86,889
Median Home Price: $171,900
Crime Per 100k: 685

4. Sherwood

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,539
Median Income: $86,889
Median Home Price: $171,900
Crime Per 100k: 685

5. Timberlake


Population 2014: 762
Median Income: $62,708
Median Home Price: $162,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,343

6. Van Buren


Population 2014: 480
Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Price: $121,700
Crime Per 100k: 3,062

7. Sugar Bush Knolls


Population 2014: 178
Median Income: $83,393
Median Home Price: $278,100
Crime Per 100k: 1,134

8. Hills And Dales


Population 2014: 290
Median Income: $164,306
Median Home Price: $375,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,134

9. Hartford


Population 2014: 685
Median Income: $61,833
Median Home Price: $128,800
Crime Per 100k: 2,752

10. Dillonvale

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,839
Median Income: $58,889
Median Home Price: $141,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,221

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 10 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. Cecil
  2. Macksburg
  3. Belmore

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Ohio

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Riverlea 1 550 $121,458 $298,000 1,134
Marble Cliff 2 641 $78,667 $473,300 1,134
Sherwood 3 3,539 $86,889 $171,900 685
Sherwood 4 3,539 $86,889 $171,900 685
Timberlake 5 762 $62,708 $162,300 2,343
Van Buren 6 480 $58,750 $121,700 3,062
Sugar Bush Knolls 7 178 $83,393 $278,100 1,134
Hills And Dales 8 290 $164,306 $375,000 1,134
Hartford 9 685 $61,833 $128,800 2,752
Dillonvale 10 3,839 $58,889 $141,500 1,221
Dillonvale 11 3,839 $58,889 $141,500 1,221
Bainbridge 12 3,241 $75,607 $253,400 535
Bainbridge 13 3,241 $75,607 $253,400 535
North Bend 14 1,016 $90,250 $311,200 394
Luckey 15 996 $54,485 $137,900 2,831
Lakeline 16 200 $57,250 $161,300 2,384
Shawnee Hills 17 2,125 $64,000 $129,500 1,095
Shawnee Hills 18 2,125 $64,000 $129,500 1,095
Ottoville 19 841 $71,364 $155,600 2,395
Bentleyville 20 1,012 $187,500 $595,400 394
Waite Hill 21 511 $135,417 $548,600 644
Galena 22 950 $77,857 $218,500 1,765
Meyers Lake 23 668 $48,750 $166,600 1,293
Athalia 24 497 $61,047 $257,200 1,555
Mutual 25 176 $51,964 $99,000 3,129
Russia 26 596 $54,688 $158,500 2,626
Chickasaw 27 309 $60,000 $125,000 2,904
Marblehead 28 900 $70,357 $275,000 1,134
Zoar 29 187 $56,250 $187,500 1,780
New Knoxville 30 920 $55,455 $105,600 3,272
Maineville 31 800 $62,986 $152,200 2,325
North Perry 32 843 $62,833 $203,300 1,969
Laura 33 466 $55,893 $101,900 3,230
Kirtland Hills 34 680 $118,750 $500,000 1,134
Pitsburg 35 460 $42,500 $116,300 3,300
Osgood 36 275 $54,000 $140,200 2,601
Burkettsville 37 213 $54,688 $97,500 3,151
Fort Jennings 38 401 $50,417 $111,200 3,173
Berkey 39 375 $68,125 $147,000 2,427
Ostrander 40 622 $67,813 $146,800 2,619
Frankfort 41 1,018 $45,682 $111,700 1,092
Gloria Glens Park 42 510 $49,342 $124,100 3,050
Uniopolis 43 213 $68,125 $83,200 2,932
Donnelsville 44 347 $50,357 $129,300 2,793
Rushville 45 293 $56,447 $131,300 3,232
Glenford 46 244 $49,250 $106,600 3,627
Valleyview 47 822 $47,008 $103,900 3,375
Alexandria 48 343 $52,917 $127,000 3,124
Butlerville 49 159 $81,250 $112,500 3,070
Peninsula 50 628 $84,444 $254,800 1,134
North Hampton 51 526 $46,875 $114,500 3,342
North Star 52 230 $50,000 $143,300 2,996
Milford Center 53 717 $47,083 $106,100 3,400
Cairo 54 432 $49,167 $85,500 3,477
Bloomdale 55 651 $60,000 $98,000 3,297
Mount Blanchard 56 638 $55,536 $93,200 3,388
Midway 57 281 $61,250 $87,900 3,625
Chippewa Lake 58 779 $50,577 $114,200 3,053
Millville 59 845 $56,786 $135,300 2,967
Miller City 60 129 $58,750 $88,300 3,132
Castalia 61 875 $46,071 $126,300 2,986
Amanda 62 582 $43,250 $98,900 3,467
Pleasant Plain 63 143 $57,500 $113,900 3,168
Lindsey 64 480 $58,333 $89,200 3,226
Tontogany 65 366 $51,406 $113,500 3,245
Eldorado 66 557 $56,406 $86,100 3,524
Kipton 67 312 $45,000 $97,800 3,471
Brookside 68 830 $53,177 $72,800 3,692
Cygnet 69 579 $39,609 $88,800 3,710
Bay View 70 595 $41,750 $131,100 2,892
Caledonia 71 677 $47,625 $80,400 3,558
Sugar Grove 72 404 $48,750 $119,000 3,306
Harrisburg 73 427 $50,114 $111,600 3,280
Bloomingdale 74 158 $33,889 $98,300 3,493
Corwin 75 607 $52,679 $175,700 2,489
Wilmot 76 260 $48,056 $89,700 3,568
Harrod 77 479 $58,750 $86,000 3,624
Florida 78 386 $47,500 $91,200 3,637
Lyons 79 481 $47,500 $103,300 3,392
Carroll 80 424 $40,536 $133,100 1,273
Waynesfield 81 855 $53,462 $87,400 3,596
Newtonsville 82 432 $52,500 $96,300 3,562
Metamora 83 687 $58,063 $125,000 3,159
Unionville Center 84 308 $53,281 $110,700 3,519
Gratiot 85 258 $37,500 $99,300 3,561
Spencer 86 805 $52,917 $120,300 3,174
Marshallville 87 795 $49,750 $112,800 3,261
Waynesburg 88 900 $39,500 $94,200 3,513
Wakeman 89 943 $54,191 $114,500 3,222
Waldo 90 459 $56,667 $131,100 3,179
Spring Valley 91 446 $60,625 $96,900 3,330
Hayesville 92 355 $42,961 $97,000 3,459
Fletcher 93 482 $50,000 $85,600 3,553
New Riegel 94 229 $44,500 $83,300 3,581
Cuyahoga Heights 95 581 $53,750 $135,400 2,708
Kettlersville 96 193 $52,813 $114,800 3,610
Kirkersville 97 597 $51,974 $124,000 3,172
Fayetteville 98 333 $43,750 $99,300 3,395
Lowell 99 479 $39,000 $75,700 3,654
Ithaca 100 114 $51,250 $75,500 3,904

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