These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Ohio For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Ohio go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

‘She works hard for the money…’

And these places in Ohio definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Ohio where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Buckeye State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 250 largest places in Ohio, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Ohio for 2018:

  1. Youngstown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Warren (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Campbell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Greenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Struthers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Salem (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Niles (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Girard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Eaton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Conneaut (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Pepper Pike (the most expensive place in Ohio) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Ohio or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Buckeye State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Ohio to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 250 places in Ohio that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Youngstown

Youngstown, Ohio

Population: 67,093
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 38
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Youngstown: Homes For Sale | Data
Youngstown is a city in and the county seat of Mahoning County in the U.S. state of Ohio, with small portions extending into Trumbull County. According to the 2010 Census, Youngstown had a city proper population of 66,982, while the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area it anchors contained 565,773 people in Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio, and Mercer County in Pennsylvania.

2. Warren

Warren, Ohio

Population: 41,569
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 46
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Warren: Homes For Sale | Data
Warren is a city in and the County seat of Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. Located in northeastern Ohio along the Mahoning River, Warren is approximately 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Youngstown and 15 miles (24 km) west of the Pennsylvania state border.

3. Campbell

Campbell, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,252
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 48
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Campbell: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Greenville

Greenville, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,185
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 82
Housing: 54
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 78
More on Greenville: Homes For Sale | Data
Greenville is a city in and county seat of Darke County, Ohio, United States. The population was 13,227 at the 2010 census.

5. Struthers

Struthers, Ohio

Population: 10,711
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 50
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Struthers: Homes For Sale | Data
Struthers is a city in Mahoning County, Ohio, United States. The population was 10,713 at the 2010 census. Struthers is served by a branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Salem

Salem, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,311
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Salem: Homes For Sale | Data
Salem is a city in northern Columbiana County and southern Mahoning County, Ohio, United States. At the 2010 census, the city’s population was 12,303. Salem is the principal city of the Salem, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, while the small portion of the city that extends into Mahoning County is considered part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

7. Niles

Niles, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,274
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Niles: Homes For Sale | Data
Niles is a city in Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. The city’s population was 19,266 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Girard

Girard, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,940
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Girard: Homes For Sale | Data
Girard is a city in Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. The population was 9,958 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

9. Eaton

Eaton, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,387
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 82
Housing: 59
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 78
More on Eaton: Homes For Sale | Data
Eaton is a city in and the county seat of Preble County, Ohio, United States. The population was 8,407 at the 2010 census. Eaton’s sister city is Rödental bei Coburg (Germany).

10. Conneaut

Conneaut, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,824
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 55
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Conneaut: Homes For Sale | Data
Conneaut (/knit/ KON-ee-awt) is a city in Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States, along Lake Erie at the mouth of Conneaut Creek. The population was 12,841 at the 2010 Census. Conneaut is located at the far northeastern corner of the state.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Ohio, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Ohio

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Youngstown 1 67,093 89 78 84
Warren 2 41,569 89 78 84
Campbell 3 8,252 89 78 84
Greenville 4 13,185 85 91 82
Struthers 5 10,711 89 78 84
Salem 6 12,311 89 78 84
Niles 7 19,274 89 78 84
Girard 8 9,940 89 78 84
Eaton 9 8,387 85 91 82
Conneaut 10 12,824 89 78 84
Hubbard 11 7,862 89 78 84
Columbiana 12 6,290 89 78 84
Cortland 13 7,059 89 78 84
Canfield 14 7,471 89 78 84
Oxford 15 21,338 85 91 82
Nelsonville 16 5,372 96 90 97
Wellston 17 5,664 96 90 97
Zanesville 18 25,475 96 90 97
Ironton 19 10,995 96 90 97
New Lexington 20 5,150 96 90 97
Bryan 21 8,574 96 92 92
Logan 22 7,306 96 90 97
Jackson 23 6,384 96 90 97
Belpre 24 6,453 96 90 97
Portsmouth 25 20,300 91 96 104
Chillicothe 26 21,890 96 90 97
Whitehall 27 18,216 96 90 97
Washington Court House 28 14,137 96 90 97
Newark 29 47,675 96 90 97
Lancaster 30 38,801 96 90 97
London 31 9,856 96 90 97
Circleville 32 13,391 96 90 97
Cambridge 33 10,669 87 97 91
Galion 34 10,471 87 97 91
Mansfield 35 47,854 87 97 91
Coshocton 36 11,215 87 97 91
Shelby 37 9,229 87 97 91
Bucyrus 38 12,306 87 97 91
Sandusky 39 25,787 87 97 91
Willard 40 6,269 87 97 91
Heath 41 10,267 96 90 97
Columbus 42 790,168 96 90 97
Groveport 43 5,330 96 90 97
Reynoldsburg 44 35,794 96 90 97
Bellevue 45 8,211 87 97 91
Mount Vernon 46 16,942 87 97 91
Athens 47 24,013 96 90 97
Delaware 48 35,012 96 90 97
Ashland 49 20,454 87 97 91
Grove City 50 35,544 96 90 97
Marysville 51 22,521 96 90 97
Pataskala 52 14,794 96 90 97
Norwalk 53 16,999 87 97 91
Amelia 54 5,103 91 96 104
Canal Winchester 55 6,934 96 90 97
Wooster 56 26,203 87 97 91
Gahanna 57 33,352 96 90 97
Pickerington 58 18,387 96 90 97
Hilliard 59 28,981 96 90 97
Westerville 60 36,415 96 90 97
Lexington 61 5,626 87 97 91
Worthington 62 13,524 96 90 97
Ontario 63 6,154 87 97 91
Grandview Heights 64 6,604 96 90 97
Bexley 65 13,118 96 90 97
Granville 66 5,598 96 90 97
Upper Arlington 67 33,848 96 90 97
Dublin 68 41,017 96 90 97
Powell 69 11,466 96 90 97
Oberlin 70 8,288 87 97 91
New Albany 71 7,998 96 90 97
Huron 72 7,150 87 97 91
Hillsboro 73 6,599 93 93 95
Mount Healthy 74 6,078 93 93 95
Cheviot 75 8,356 93 93 95
Fostoria 76 13,104 101 103 97
North College Hill 77 9,379 93 93 95
Hamilton 78 62,429 93 93 95
Marion 79 36,974 101 103 97
Fremont 80 16,717 101 103 97
Toledo 81 287,487 101 103 97
Dayton 82 142,670 104 107 91
Cincinnati 83 297,314 93 93 95
Norwood 84 19,214 93 93 95
Tiffin 85 17,937 101 103 97
Reading 86 10,361 93 93 95
Upper Sandusky 87 6,794 101 103 97
Clyde 88 6,300 101 103 97
Deer Park 89 5,719 93 93 95
Springfield 90 60,728 104 107 91
Forest Park 91 18,689 93 93 95
Trotwood 92 24,536 104 107 91
Piqua 93 20,611 104 107 91
New Carlisle 94 5,782 104 107 91
Napoleon 95 8,782 101 103 97
Springdale 96 11,138 93 93 95
Moraine 97 6,320 104 107 91
Urbana 98 11,675 104 107 91
Port Clinton 99 6,074 101 103 97
Wauseon 100 7,229 101 103 97
Uhrichsville 101 5,429 91 114 90
Xenia 102 25,746 104 107 91
Northwood 103 5,307 101 103 97
Milford 104 6,709 93 93 95
Sharonville 105 13,422 93 93 95
Findlay 106 41,301 101 103 97
Riverside 107 25,255 104 107 91
Canton 108 73,318 91 114 90
Fairfield 109 42,638 93 93 95
Harrison 110 9,894 93 93 95
Marietta 111 14,102 111 95 96
Wilmington 112 12,545 104 107 91
West Carrollton 113 13,161 104 107 91
Alliance 114 22,342 91 114 90
Middletown 115 48,628 104 107 91
Brookville 116 6,044 104 107 91
Oregon 117 20,229 101 103 97
Fairborn 118 32,314 104 107 91
Franklin 119 11,857 104 107 91
Rossford 120 6,325 101 103 97
Akron 121 199,955 91 114 90
Loveland 122 12,171 93 93 95
Germantown 123 5,494 104 107 91
Barberton 124 26,564 91 114 90
Maumee 125 14,267 101 103 97
Englewood 126 13,383 104 107 91
Huber Heights 127 38,309 104 107 91
Union 128 6,366 104 107 91
Massillon 129 32,126 91 114 90
Madeira 130 8,713 93 93 95
Lima 131 38,647 98 106 109
Kenton 132 8,205 98 106 109
Troy 133 25,069 104 107 91
Rittman 134 6,482 91 114 90
Van Wert 135 10,730 98 106 109
Blue Ash 136 12,079 93 93 95
Vandalia 137 15,194 104 107 91
Kettering 138 56,109 104 107 91
Mason 139 30,659 93 93 95
Bowling Green 140 30,447 101 103 97
Delphos 141 7,163 98 106 109
New Philadelphia 142 17,272 91 114 90
Trenton 143 11,823 104 107 91
East Liverpool 144 11,248 97 100 95
Martins Ferry 145 6,907 97 100 95
Miamisburg 146 20,108 104 107 91
Wyoming 147 8,386 93 93 95
Montgomery 148 10,220 93 93 95
Clayton 149 13,209 104 107 91
Ravenna 150 11,710 91 114 90
Waterville 151 5,491 101 103 97
Dover 152 12,817 91 114 90
Sylvania 153 18,944 101 103 97
Tipp City 154 9,722 104 107 91
Wapakoneta 155 9,866 98 106 109
Defiance 156 16,733 98 106 109
Ada 157 6,126 98 106 109
Orrville 158 8,484 91 114 90
Perrysburg 159 20,753 101 103 97
Steubenville 160 18,564 97 100 95
Cuyahoga Falls 161 49,513 91 114 90
Lebanon 162 20,164 104 107 91
Celina 163 10,393 98 106 109
Centerville 164 23,935 104 107 91
Centerville 165 23,935 104 107 91
Bellbrook 166 6,987 104 107 91
Centerville 167 23,935 104 107 91
Centerville 168 23,935 104 107 91
Sidney 169 21,180 98 106 109
Louisville 170 9,155 91 114 90
Monroe 171 12,220 104 107 91
Kent 172 29,076 91 114 90
Canal Fulton 173 5,466 91 114 90
Bellefontaine 174 13,478 98 106 109
Beavercreek 175 45,104 104 107 91
North Canton 176 17,423 91 114 90
New Franklin 177 14,239 91 114 90
Norton 178 12,033 91 114 90
Springboro 179 17,383 104 107 91
East Cleveland 180 18,179 105 107 114
Tallmadge 181 17,505 91 114 90
Munroe Falls 182 5,016 91 114 90
Ashtabula 183 19,144 105 107 114
Wadsworth 184 21,561 91 114 90
Cleveland 185 397,972 105 107 114
Streetsboro 186 15,911 91 114 90
Medina 187 26,615 91 114 90
Stow 188 34,680 91 114 90
Green 189 25,608 91 114 90
Fairlawn 190 7,432 91 114 90
Lorain 191 64,313 105 107 114
Maple Heights 192 23,136 105 107 114
Garfield Heights 193 28,755 105 107 114
Geneva 194 6,227 105 107 114
Twinsburg 195 18,703 91 114 90
Euclid 196 48,781 105 107 114
Elyria 197 54,535 105 107 114
Bedford 198 13,049 105 107 114
Warrensville Heights 199 13,532 105 107 114
Aurora 200 15,461 91 114 90
Hudson 201 22,292 91 114 90
Painesville 202 19,496 105 107 114
Brooklyn 203 11,101 105 107 114
Bedford Heights 204 10,721 105 107 114
Parma 205 81,299 105 107 114
Parma Heights 206 20,645 105 107 114
Sheffield Lake 207 9,147 105 107 114
Willowick 208 14,154 105 107 114
Berea 209 19,049 105 107 114
Lakewood 210 52,002 105 107 114
Brook Park 211 19,199 105 107 114
Wickliffe 212 12,761 105 107 114
Eastlake 213 18,638 105 107 114
Fairview Park 214 16,763 105 107 114
Cleveland Heights 215 46,052 105 107 114
Vermilion 216 10,769 105 107 114
Grafton 217 6,398 105 107 114
South Euclid 218 22,207 105 107 114
Mayfield Heights 219 19,069 105 107 114
Olmsted Falls 220 8,910 105 107 114
Willoughby 221 22,302 105 107 114
North Olmsted 222 32,599 105 107 114
Amherst 223 12,056 105 107 114
Richmond Heights 224 10,531 105 107 114
North Ridgeville 225 29,537 105 107 114
Brunswick 226 34,353 105 107 114
Middleburg Heights 227 15,845 105 107 114
Lyndhurst 228 13,973 105 107 114
Chardon 229 5,167 105 107 114
Mentor 230 47,277 105 107 114
University Heights 231 13,514 105 107 114
North Royalton 232 30,245 105 107 114
Strongsville 233 44,555 105 107 114
Seven Hills 234 11,768 105 107 114
Rocky River 235 20,137 105 107 114
Bay Village 236 15,589 105 107 114
Broadview Heights 237 19,162 105 107 114
Independence 238 7,102 105 107 114
Avon Lake 239 22,515 105 107 114
Macedonia 240 11,137 105 107 114
Willoughby Hills 241 9,457 105 107 114
Shaker Heights 242 28,289 105 107 114
Westlake 243 32,519 105 107 114
Kirtland 244 6,857 105 107 114
Avon 245 20,925 105 107 114
Highland Heights 246 8,289 105 107 114
Solon 247 23,160 105 107 114
Brecksville 248 13,576 105 107 114
Beachwood 249 11,908 105 107 114
Pepper Pike 250 5,985 105 107 114

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