These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Ohio For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Pepper Pike (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Beachwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Brecksville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Solon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Highland Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Avon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Kirtland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Westlake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Shaker Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Willoughby Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Youngstown (the cheapest place to live in Ohio) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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 247 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.

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. Pepper Pike

Pepper Pike, Ohio

Population: 5,985
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 202
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Pepper Pike: Homes For Sale | Data
Pepper Pike is an affluent eastern suburb of the Greater Cleveland area in the US state of Ohio. The population was 5,979 at the 2010 census.

2. Beachwood

Beachwood, Ohio

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Population: 11,908
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 162
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Beachwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Beachwood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a suburb of Cleveland. As of the 2010 census the city’s population was 11,953.

3. Brecksville

Brecksville, Ohio

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Population: 13,576
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 142
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Brecksville: Homes For Sale | Data
Brecksville is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a suburb in the Greater Cleveland area. The city’s population was 13,656 at the 2010 census.

4. Solon

Solon, Ohio

Population: 23,160
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 140
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Solon: Homes For Sale | Data
Solon (/soln/ SOH-ln) is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and is a suburb of Cleveland. It is part of Northeast Ohio’s combined Cleveland-Akron-Canton metropolitan area, the 15th-largest Combined Statistical Area in the country. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2012, the city population was estimated at 23,160.

5. Highland Heights

Highland Heights, Ohio

Population: 8,289
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 135
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Highland Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Avon

Avon, Ohio

Population: 20,925
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 132
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Avon: Homes For Sale | Data
Avon is a city in Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The population was 21,193 at the 2010 census.

7. Kirtland

Kirtland, Ohio

Population: 6,857
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 126
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Kirtland: Homes For Sale | Data
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8. Westlake

Westlake, Ohio

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Population: 32,519
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 122
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Westlake: Homes For Sale | Data
Westlake is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Cleveland located 12 miles west of downtown Cleveland. The population was 32,729 at the 2010 census.

9. Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights, Ohio

Population: 28,289
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 121
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Shaker Heights: Homes For Sale | Data
Shaker Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the city population was 28,448. Shaker Heights is an inner-ring streetcar suburb of Cleveland, abutting the eastern edge of the city’s limits. In July 1911, a petition by property owners was successful in detaching a long strip of land from the south of Cleveland Heights, to be named Shaker Village. In November 1911, the voters of Shaker Village formed Shaker Heights Village, which was incorporated in January 1912.

10. Willoughby Hills

Willoughby Hills, Ohio

Population: 9,457
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 119
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
More on Willoughby Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

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 expensive city in the Buckeye State.

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

  1. Youngstown
  2. Warren
  3. Campbell

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Ohio

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

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