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 some more reading about Ohio and the cheapest places in the country:

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Ohio
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.

Youngstown, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 67,093
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 38
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Youngstown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Warren, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 41,569
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 46
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Warren: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 northwest of Youngstown and 15 miles west of the Pennsylvania state border.

Campbell, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,252
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 48
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Campbell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Greenville, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,185
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 82
Housing: 54
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 78
More on Greenville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenville is a city in and county seat of Darke County, Ohio, United States. The population was 13,227 at the 2010 census.

Struthers, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,711
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 50
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Struthers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Salem, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,311
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Salem: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Niles, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,274
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Niles: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Girard, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,940
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Girard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Eaton, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,387
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 82
Housing: 59
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 78
More on Eaton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 Rdental bei Coburg.

Conneaut, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,824
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 55
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Conneaut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Conneaut 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. Ohio 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.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Ohio according to the data:

  1. Pepper Pike
  2. Beachwood
  3. Brecksville

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Ohio

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Youngstown 20.08 67,093 89 78 84
2 Warren 21.0 41,569 89 78 84
3 Campbell 21.75 8,252 89 78 84
4 Greenville 22.25 13,185 85 91 82
5 Struthers 22.5 10,711 89 78 84
6 Salem 24.33 12,311 89 78 84
7 Niles 24.33 19,274 89 78 84
8 Girard 24.33 9,940 89 78 84
9 Eaton 26.0 8,387 85 91 82
10 Conneaut 26.67 12,824 89 78 84
11 Hubbard 27.92 7,862 89 78 84
12 Columbiana 39.42 6,290 89 78 84
13 Cortland 44.67 7,059 89 78 84
14 Canfield 49.08 7,471 89 78 84
15 Oxford 50.75 21,338 85 91 82
16 Nelsonville 57.75 5,372 96 90 97
17 Wellston 58.42 5,664 96 90 97
18 Zanesville 59.58 25,475 96 90 97
19 Ironton 60.33 10,995 96 90 97
20 New Lexington 60.33 5,150 96 90 97
21 Bryan 61.0 8,574 96 92 92
22 Logan 64.33 7,306 96 90 97
23 Jackson 65.0 6,384 96 90 97
24 Belpre 66.0 6,453 96 90 97
25 Portsmouth 67.08 20,300 91 96 104
26 Chillicothe 68.92 21,890 96 90 97
27 Whitehall 68.92 18,216 96 90 97
28 Washington Court House 71.83 14,137 96 90 97
29 Newark 73.33 47,675 96 90 97
30 Lancaster 75.42 38,801 96 90 97
31 London 75.42 9,856 96 90 97
32 Circleville 76.5 13,391 96 90 97
33 Cambridge 77.08 10,669 87 97 91
34 Galion 77.08 10,471 87 97 91
35 Mansfield 78.17 47,854 87 97 91
36 Coshocton 78.17 11,215 87 97 91
37 Shelby 79.17 9,229 87 97 91
38 Bucyrus 79.83 12,306 87 97 91
39 Sandusky 79.83 25,787 87 97 91
40 Willard 80.5 6,269 87 97 91
41 Heath 80.67 10,267 96 90 97
42 Columbus 81.75 790,168 96 90 97
43 Groveport 83.75 5,330 96 90 97
44 Reynoldsburg 85.25 35,794 96 90 97
45 Bellevue 85.67 8,211 87 97 91
46 Mount Vernon 86.83 16,942 87 97 91
47 Athens 87.0 24,013 96 90 97
48 Delaware 87.5 35,012 96 90 97
49 Ashland 87.67 20,454 87 97 91
50 Grove City 88.08 35,544 96 90 97
51 Marysville 88.08 22,521 96 90 97
52 Pataskala 89.0 14,794 96 90 97
53 Norwalk 90.42 16,999 87 97 91
54 Amelia 90.75 5,103 91 96 104
55 Canal Winchester 91.33 6,934 96 90 97
56 Wooster 92.17 26,203 87 97 91
57 Gahanna 92.25 33,352 96 90 97
58 Pickerington 92.67 18,387 96 90 97
59 Hilliard 93.67 28,981 96 90 97
60 Westerville 94.17 36,415 96 90 97
61 Lexington 94.17 5,626 87 97 91
62 Worthington 94.83 13,524 96 90 97
63 Ontario 95.58 6,154 87 97 91
64 Grandview Heights 96.0 6,604 96 90 97
65 Bexley 96.5 13,118 96 90 97
66 Granville 96.75 5,598 96 90 97
67 Upper Arlington 97.5 33,848 96 90 97
68 Dublin 98.17 41,017 96 90 97
69 Powell 98.33 11,466 96 90 97
70 Oberlin 98.5 8,288 87 97 91
71 New Albany 98.67 7,998 96 90 97
72 Huron 100.5 7,150 87 97 91
73 Hillsboro 104.33 6,599 93 93 95
74 Mount Healthy 107.67 6,078 93 93 95
75 Cheviot 108.92 8,356 93 93 95
76 Fostoria 109.08 13,104 101 103 97
77 North College Hill 110.08 9,379 93 93 95
78 Hamilton 111.83 62,429 93 93 95
79 Marion 113.08 36,974 101 103 97
80 Fremont 113.08 16,717 101 103 97
81 Toledo 114.42 287,487 101 103 97
82 Dayton 114.67 142,670 104 107 91
83 Cincinnati 115.42 297,314 93 93 95
84 Norwood 115.42 19,214 93 93 95
85 Tiffin 115.67 17,937 101 103 97
86 Reading 116.5 10,361 93 93 95
87 Upper Sandusky 116.67 6,794 101 103 97
88 Clyde 116.67 6,300 101 103 97
89 Deer Park 118.08 5,719 93 93 95
90 Springfield 118.58 60,728 104 107 91
91 Forest Park 118.83 18,689 93 93 95
92 Trotwood 120.5 24,536 104 107 91
93 Piqua 121.5 20,611 104 107 91
94 New Carlisle 121.5 5,782 104 107 91
95 Napoleon 122.5 8,782 101 103 97
96 Springdale 123.0 11,138 93 93 95
97 Moraine 123.17 6,320 104 107 91
98 Urbana 123.17 11,675 104 107 91
99 Port Clinton 123.42 6,074 101 103 97
100 Wauseon 123.42 7,229 101 103 97

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