These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Ohio


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 252 largest places in Ohio, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Youngstown
  2. Warren
  3. Campbell
  4. Greenville
  5. Struthers
  6. Niles
  7. Salem
  8. Girard
  9. Nelsonville
  10. Eaton

So listen up Pepper Pike as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Buckeye State

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 252 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,093
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Healthcare: 84
Housing: 38
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 93

2. Warren

Warren, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,569
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Healthcare: 84
Housing: 46
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 93

3. Campbell

Campbell, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,252
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Healthcare: 84
Housing: 48
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 93

4. Greenville

Greenville, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,185
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 82
Housing: 54
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 78

5. Struthers

Struthers, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,711
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Healthcare: 84
Housing: 50
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 93

6. Niles

Niles, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,274
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Healthcare: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 93

7. Salem

Salem, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,311
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Healthcare: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 93

8. Girard

Girard, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,940
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Healthcare: 84
Housing: 52
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 93

9. Nelsonville

Nelsonville, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,372
Services: 96
Groceries: 90
Healthcare: 97
Housing: 45
Transportation: 83
Utiltiies: 96

10. Eaton

Eaton, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,387
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 82
Housing: 59
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 78

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Ohio

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
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
Niles 6 19,274 89 78 84
Salem 7 12,311 89 78 84
Girard 8 9,940 89 78 84
Nelsonville 9 5,372 96 90 97
Eaton 10 8,387 85 91 82
Conneaut 11 12,824 89 78 84
Wellston 12 5,664 96 90 97
Hubbard 13 7,862 89 78 84
Zanesville 14 25,475 96 90 97
Ironton 15 10,995 96 90 97
New Lexington 16 5,150 96 90 97
Portsmouth 17 20,300 91 96 104
Logan 18 7,306 96 90 97
Jackson 19 6,384 96 90 97
Bryan 20 8,574 96 92 92
Belpre 21 6,453 96 90 97
Cambridge 22 10,669 87 97 91
Galion 23 10,471 87 97 91
Coshocton 24 11,215 87 97 91
Mansfield 25 47,854 87 97 91
Shelby 26 9,229 87 97 91
Sandusky 27 25,787 87 97 91
Whitehall 28 18,216 96 90 97
Chillicothe 29 21,890 96 90 97
Bucyrus 30 12,306 87 97 91
Uhrichsville 31 5,429 91 114 90
Willard 32 6,269 87 97 91
Columbiana 33 6,290 89 78 84
Washington Court House 34 14,137 96 90 97
Fostoria 35 13,104 101 103 97
Newark 36 47,675 96 90 97
East Liverpool 37 11,248 97 100 95
Martins Ferry 38 6,907 97 100 95
Canton 39 73,318 91 114 90
Hillsboro 40 6,599 93 93 95
Bellevue 41 8,211 87 97 91
Dayton 42 142,670 104 107 91
Alliance 43 22,342 91 114 90
Mount Vernon 44 16,942 87 97 91
Ashland 45 20,454 87 97 91
London 46 9,856 96 90 97
Lancaster 47 38,801 96 90 97
Fremont 48 16,717 101 103 97
Marion 49 36,974 101 103 97
Circleville 50 13,391 96 90 97
Cortland 51 7,059 89 78 84
Mount Healthy 52 6,078 93 93 95
Cheviot 53 8,356 93 93 95
Toledo 54 287,487 101 103 97
Springfield 55 60,728 104 107 91
Akron 56 199,955 91 114 90
North College Hill 57 9,379 93 93 95
Lima 58 38,647 98 106 109
Norwalk 59 16,999 87 97 91
Kenton 60 8,205 98 106 109
Barberton 61 26,564 91 114 90
Marietta 62 14,102 111 95 96
Tiffin 63 17,937 101 103 97
Hamilton 64 62,429 93 93 95
Upper Sandusky 65 6,794 101 103 97
Clyde 66 6,300 101 103 97
Massillon 67 32,126 91 114 90
Trotwood 68 24,536 104 107 91
Van Wert 69 10,730 98 106 109
Wooster 70 26,203 87 97 91
Piqua 71 20,611 104 107 91
Heath 72 10,267 96 90 97
New Carlisle 73 5,782 104 107 91
Canfield 74 7,471 89 78 84
East Cleveland 75 18,179 105 107 114
Steubenville 76 18,564 97 100 95
Delphos 77 7,163 98 106 109
Rittman 78 6,482 91 114 90
New Philadelphia 79 17,272 91 114 90
Moraine 80 6,320 104 107 91
Ashtabula 81 19,144 105 107 114
Urbana 82 11,675 104 107 91
Columbus 83 790,168 96 90 97
Lexington 84 5,626 87 97 91
Xenia 85 25,746 104 107 91
Cleveland 86 397,972 105 107 114
Ontario 87 6,154 87 97 91
Riverside 88 25,255 104 107 91
Norwood 89 19,214 93 93 95
Ravenna 90 11,710 91 114 90
Cincinnati 91 297,314 93 93 95
Napoleon 92 8,782 101 103 97
Reading 93 10,361 93 93 95
Groveport 94 5,330 96 90 97
Wilmington 95 12,545 104 107 91
Wauseon 96 7,229 101 103 97
Dover 97 12,817 91 114 90
West Carrollton 98 13,161 104 107 91
Port Clinton 99 6,074 101 103 97
Deer Park 100 5,719 93 93 95
Wapakoneta 101 9,866 98 106 109
Middletown 102 48,628 104 107 91
Brookville 103 6,044 104 107 91
Reynoldsburg 104 35,794 96 90 97
Forest Park 105 18,689 93 93 95
Oberlin 106 8,288 87 97 91
Oxford 107 21,338 85 91 82
Northwood 108 5,307 101 103 97
Defiance 109 16,733 98 106 109
Ada 110 6,126 98 106 109
Lorain 111 64,313 105 107 114
Findlay 112 41,301 101 103 97
Athens 113 24,013 96 90 97
Fairborn 114 32,314 104 107 91
Maple Heights 115 23,136 105 107 114
Amelia 116 5,103 91 96 104
Celina 117 10,393 98 106 109
Orrville 118 8,484 91 114 90
Franklin 119 11,857 104 107 91
Garfield Heights 120 28,755 105 107 114
Geneva 121 6,227 105 107 114
Delaware 122 35,012 96 90 97
Sidney 123 21,180 98 106 109
Huron 124 7,150 87 97 91
Grove City 125 35,544 96 90 97
Marysville 126 22,521 96 90 97
Cuyahoga Falls 127 49,513 91 114 90
Euclid 128 48,781 105 107 114
Germantown 129 5,494 104 107 91
Englewood 130 13,383 104 107 91
Huber Heights 131 38,309 104 107 91
Elyria 132 54,535 105 107 114
Oregon 133 20,229 101 103 97
Bedford 134 13,049 105 107 114
Pataskala 135 14,794 96 90 97
Warrensville Heights 136 13,532 105 107 114
Union 137 6,366 104 107 91
Troy 138 25,069 104 107 91
Bellefontaine 139 13,478 98 106 109
Springdale 140 11,138 93 93 95
Louisville 141 9,155 91 114 90
Rossford 142 6,325 101 103 97
Kent 143 29,076 91 114 90
Canal Fulton 144 5,466 91 114 90
Maumee 145 14,267 101 103 97
Sharonville 146 13,422 93 93 95
Painesville 147 19,496 105 107 114
Kettering 148 56,109 104 107 91
Vandalia 149 15,194 104 107 91
Brooklyn 150 11,101 105 107 114
Milford 151 6,709 93 93 95
Fairfield 152 42,638 93 93 95
Bedford Heights 153 10,721 105 107 114
Harrison 154 9,894 93 93 95
Trenton 155 11,823 104 107 91
Miamisburg 156 20,108 104 107 91
Canal Winchester 157 6,934 96 90 97
North Canton 158 17,423 91 114 90
Parma 159 81,299 105 107 114
Norton 160 12,033 91 114 90
New Franklin 161 14,239 91 114 90
Clayton 162 13,209 104 107 91
Parma Heights 163 20,645 105 107 114
Tallmadge 164 17,505 91 114 90
Sheffield Lake 165 9,147 105 107 114
Willowick 166 14,154 105 107 114
Gahanna 167 33,352 96 90 97
Berea 168 19,049 105 107 114
Lakewood 169 52,002 105 107 114
Bowling Green 170 30,447 101 103 97
Tipp City 171 9,722 104 107 91
Munroe Falls 172 5,016 91 114 90
Pickerington 173 18,387 96 90 97
Brook Park 174 19,199 105 107 114
Wickliffe 175 12,761 105 107 114
Wadsworth 176 21,561 91 114 90
Eastlake 177 18,638 105 107 114
Loveland 178 12,171 93 93 95
Streetsboro 179 15,911 91 114 90
Medina 180 26,615 91 114 90
Hilliard 181 28,981 96 90 97
Cleveland Heights 182 46,052 105 107 114
Fairview Park 183 16,763 105 107 114
Vermilion 184 10,769 105 107 114
Waterville 185 5,491 101 103 97
Grafton 186 6,398 105 107 114
Sylvania 187 18,944 101 103 97
Mayfield Heights 188 19,069 105 107 114
Westerville 189 36,415 96 90 97
Mentor-On-The-Lake 190 7,483 105 107 114
Stow 191 34,680 91 114 90
South Euclid 192 22,207 105 107 114
Lebanon 193 20,164 104 107 91
Olmsted Falls 194 8,910 105 107 114
Willoughby 195 22,302 105 107 114
Green 196 25,608 91 114 90
North Olmsted 197 32,599 105 107 114
Bellbrook 198 6,987 104 107 91
Amherst 199 12,056 105 107 114
Centerville 200 23,935 104 107 91
Centerville 201 23,935 104 107 91
Centerville 202 23,935 104 107 91
Centerville 203 23,935 104 107 91
Worthington 204 13,524 96 90 97
Richmond Heights 205 10,531 105 107 114
Monroe 206 12,220 104 107 91
North Ridgeville 207 29,537 105 107 114
Fairlawn 208 7,432 91 114 90
Brunswick 209 34,353 105 107 114
Madeira 210 8,713 93 93 95
Middleburg Heights 211 15,845 105 107 114
Grandview Heights 212 6,604 96 90 97
Perrysburg 213 20,753 101 103 97
Lyndhurst 214 13,973 105 107 114
Chardon 215 5,167 105 107 114
Beavercreek 216 45,104 104 107 91
Bexley 217 13,118 96 90 97
Mentor 218 47,277 105 107 114
Granville 219 5,598 96 90 97
University Heights 220 13,514 105 107 114
Blue Ash 221 12,079 93 93 95
Twinsburg 222 18,703 91 114 90
North Royalton 223 30,245 105 107 114
Upper Arlington 224 33,848 96 90 97
Mason 225 30,659 93 93 95
Strongsville 226 44,555 105 107 114
Seven Hills 227 11,768 105 107 114
Springboro 228 17,383 104 107 91
Rocky River 229 20,137 105 107 114
Dublin 230 41,017 96 90 97
Bay Village 231 15,589 105 107 114
Powell 232 11,466 96 90 97
Independence 233 7,102 105 107 114
Broadview Heights 234 19,162 105 107 114
New Albany 235 7,998 96 90 97
Wyoming 236 8,386 93 93 95
Avon Lake 237 22,515 105 107 114
Macedonia 238 11,137 105 107 114
Montgomery 239 10,220 93 93 95
Willoughby Hills 240 9,457 105 107 114
Aurora 241 15,461 91 114 90
Shaker Heights 242 28,289 105 107 114
Westlake 243 32,519 105 107 114
Kirtland 244 6,857 105 107 114
Hudson 245 22,292 91 114 90
The Village Of Indian Hill 246 5,777 93 93 95
Avon 247 20,925 105 107 114
Highland Heights 248 8,289 105 107 114
Solon 249 23,160 105 107 114
Brecksville 250 13,576 105 107 114
Beachwood 251 11,908 105 107 114
Pepper Pike 252 5,985 105 107 114

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