Are you sick of being a city slicker?
Do you long for life in suburban Ohio? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?
We do too.
Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.
So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Columbus, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Ohio suburb was best?
No worries. We got it all figured out here.
These are the 10 best suburbs in the Buckeye State:
- Grandview Heights (Photos)
- Powell (Photos)
- Upper Arlington (Photos)
- Wyoming (Photos)
- Pepper Pike (Photos)
- Worthington (Photos)
- Montgomery (Photos)
- Dublin (Photos)
- Granville (Photos)
- Highland Heights (Photos)
Grandview Heights is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Ohio.
So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Ohio, we’ve got you covered.
How do you determine which suburb is the best in Ohio anyways?
To give you the best suburbs in Ohio, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a “best city” and what isn’t.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Buckeye State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Ohio, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).
We paid particular attention to:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher is Better)
- Unemployment Rates
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We ranked each suburb in Ohio across a number of criteria from one to 129, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Ohio”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Ohio
Read on to see why Grandview Heights is the ‘burb with the most, while Middletown is probably not the best place to live in Ohio.
Median Income: $95,938
Median Home Price: $295,400
Grandview Heights is located 2 miles west of Columbus.
Median Income: $132,917
Median Home Price: $348,000
Powell is located 13 miles north of Columbus.
Median Income: $102,094
Median Home Price: $338,000
Upper Arlington is located 5 miles west of Columbus.
Median Income: $120,676
Median Home Price: $305,900
Wyoming is located 6 miles north of Cincinnati.
5. Pepper Pike
Median Income: $164,471
Median Home Price: $421,500
Pepper Pike is located 11 miles east of Cleveland.
Median Income: $91,075
Median Home Price: $251,400
Worthington is located 8 miles north of Columbus.
Median Income: $108,469
Median Home Price: $332,900
Montgomery is located 11 miles east of Cincinnati.
Median Income: $125,540
Median Home Price: $352,300
Dublin is located 12 miles west of Columbus.
Median Income: $92,109
Median Home Price: $323,400
Granville is located 25 miles east of Columbus.
10. Highland Heights
Median Income: $101,875
Median Home Price: $246,700
Highland Heights is located 11 miles east of Cleveland.
There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Ohio
Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Ohio according to the data:
- Warrensville Heights
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