These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Ohio


We used science and data to determine which cities in Ohio that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Ohio does this very well. Families love the Buckeye State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Ohio that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Ohio:

  1. Pepper Pike (Photos)
  2. Beachwood (Photos)
  3. Brecksville (Photos)
  4. Solon (Photos)
  5. Highland Heights (Photos)
  6. Avon (Photos)
  7. The Village Of Indian Hill
  8. Hudson (Photos)
  9. Kirtland (Photos)
  10. Westlake (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Youngstown is the most affordable city in Ohio.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Ohio.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 249 places in Ohio that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Pepper Pike, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Pepper Pike

Pepper Pike, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,079
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 202
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 100

2. Beachwood

Beachwood, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,855
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 162
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 100

3. Brecksville

Brecksville, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,543
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 142
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 100

4. Solon

Solon, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,177
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 140
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 100

5. Highland Heights

Highland Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,324
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 135
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 100

6. Avon

Avon, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,783
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 132
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 100

7. The Village Of Indian Hill

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,802
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 93
Housing Index: 401
Healthcare Index: 95
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 106

8. Hudson

Hudson, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,351
Services Index: 91
Groceries Index: 114
Housing Index: 157
Healthcare Index: 90
Transportation Index: 105
Utilities Index: 102

9. Kirtland

Kirtland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,838
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 126
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 100

10. Westlake

Westlake, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,513
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 122
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 100

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Ohio that have the highest cost of living, with Pepper Pike ranking as the most exensive city in the Buckeye State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Ohio:

  1. Youngstown
  2. Warren
  3. Campbell

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Ohio

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Pepper Pike 1 6,079 105 107 114 202 97 100
Beachwood 2 11,855 105 107 114 162 97 100
Brecksville 3 13,543 105 107 114 142 97 100
Solon 4 23,177 105 107 114 140 97 100
Highland Heights 5 8,324 105 107 114 135 97 100
Avon 6 21,783 105 107 114 132 97 100
The Village Of Indian Hill 7 5,802 93 93 95 401 96 106
Hudson 8 22,351 91 114 90 157 105 102
Kirtland 9 6,838 105 107 114 126 97 100
Westlake 10 32,513 105 107 114 122 97 100
Shaker Heights 11 28,071 105 107 114 121 97 100
Willoughby Hills 12 9,446 105 107 114 119 97 100
Aurora 13 15,568 91 114 90 141 105 102
Montgomery 14 10,332 93 93 95 159 96 106
Macedonia 15 11,364 105 107 114 117 97 100
Wyoming 16 8,404 93 93 95 149 96 106
Avon Lake 17 22,881 105 107 114 114 97 100
New Albany 18 8,169 96 90 97 239 83 96
Independence 19 7,136 105 107 114 111 97 100
Broadview Heights 20 19,309 105 107 114 111 97 100
Bay Village 21 15,508 105 107 114 110 97 100
Powell 22 12,012 96 90 97 187 83 96
Dublin 23 42,378 96 90 97 166 83 96
Rocky River 24 20,145 105 107 114 106 97 100
Springboro 25 17,499 104 107 91 116 96 101
Seven Hills 26 11,735 105 107 114 104 97 100
Strongsville 27 44,649 105 107 114 103 97 100
Mason 28 31,289 93 93 95 122 96 106
Upper Arlington 29 34,191 96 90 97 152 83 96
North Royalton 30 30,353 105 107 114 101 97 100
Twinsburg 31 18,784 91 114 90 112 105 102
Blue Ash 32 12,124 93 93 95 119 96 106
Granville 33 5,689 96 90 97 140 83 96
University Heights 34 13,404 105 107 114 97 97 100
Bexley 35 13,286 96 90 97 136 83 96
Mentor 36 47,008 105 107 114 96 97 100
Beavercreek 37 45,738 104 107 91 104 96 101
Chardon 38 5,161 105 107 114 94 97 100
Perrysburg 39 21,122 101 103 97 102 91 102
Grandview Heights 40 6,836 96 90 97 127 83 96
Lyndhurst 41 13,856 105 107 114 92 97 100
Middleburg Heights 42 15,823 105 107 114 90 97 100
Madeira 43 8,801 93 93 95 108 96 106
Fairlawn 44 7,430 91 114 90 100 105 102
Brunswick 45 34,438 105 107 114 89 97 100
North Ridgeville 46 30,680 105 107 114 88 97 100
Worthington 47 13,727 96 90 97 118 83 96
Richmond Heights 48 10,508 105 107 114 87 97 100
Monroe 49 13,633 104 107 91 95 96 101
Bellbrook 50 7,035 104 107 91 94 96 101
Centerville 51 23,986 104 107 91 94 96 101
Centerville 52 23,986 104 107 91 94 96 101
Amherst 53 12,080 105 107 114 86 97 100
North Olmsted 54 32,374 105 107 114 85 97 100
Green 55 25,835 91 114 90 95 105 102
Willoughby 56 22,361 105 107 114 85 97 100
Olmsted Falls 57 8,943 105 107 114 84 97 100
South Euclid 58 22,052 105 107 114 83 97 100
Mayfield Heights 59 18,973 105 107 114 83 97 100
Mentor-On-The-Lake 60 7,430 105 107 114 83 97 100
Stow 61 34,741 91 114 90 93 105 102
Westerville 62 37,101 96 90 97 113 83 96
Sylvania 63 18,923 101 103 97 92 91 102
Lebanon 64 20,338 104 107 91 91 96 101
Grafton 65 6,145 105 107 114 81 97 100
Waterville 66 5,499 101 103 97 91 91 102
Hilliard 67 30,815 96 90 97 111 83 96
Cleveland Heights 68 45,657 105 107 114 80 97 100
Vermilion 69 10,415 105 107 114 80 97 100
Fairview Park 70 16,625 105 107 114 80 97 100
Medina 71 26,544 91 114 90 90 105 102
Loveland 72 12,425 93 93 95 95 96 106
Streetsboro 73 16,152 91 114 90 89 105 102
Wickliffe 74 12,671 105 107 114 77 97 100
Wadsworth 75 21,752 91 114 90 88 105 102
Eastlake 76 18,448 105 107 114 77 97 100
Brook Park 77 19,027 105 107 114 76 97 100
Munroe Falls 78 5,037 91 114 90 86 105 102
Bowling Green 79 31,366 101 103 97 85 91 102
Pickerington 80 19,014 96 90 97 104 83 96
Tipp City 81 9,778 104 107 91 84 96 101
Willowick 82 14,084 105 107 114 74 97 100
Lakewood 83 51,434 105 107 114 74 97 100
Berea 84 19,044 105 107 114 74 97 100
Gahanna 85 33,786 96 90 97 103 83 96
Sheffield Lake 86 9,090 105 107 114 73 97 100
Tallmadge 87 17,463 91 114 90 84 105 102
Parma Heights 88 20,490 105 107 114 72 97 100
New Franklin 89 14,245 91 114 90 83 105 102
Clayton 90 13,212 104 107 91 80 96 101
Norton 91 12,052 91 114 90 83 105 102
Parma 92 80,699 105 107 114 71 97 100
North Canton 93 17,437 91 114 90 81 105 102
Miamisburg 94 20,168 104 107 91 78 96 101
Canal Winchester 95 7,334 96 90 97 98 83 96
Bedford Heights 96 10,680 105 107 114 69 97 100
Trenton 97 12,091 104 107 91 77 96 101
Harrison 98 10,212 93 93 95 86 96 106
Fairfield 99 42,643 93 93 95 86 96 106
Kettering 100 56,138 104 107 91 76 96 101

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