10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Ohio For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Ohio.

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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 2019.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Ohio? That would be Oxford.

So hopefully Bellevue (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 some more reading about Ohio and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Ohio For 2019

Oxford, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 22,624
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.0x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 34.8x (2nd most expensive)
More on Oxford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oxford is a city in northwestern Butler County, Ohio, United States, in the southwestern portion of the state. It lies in Oxford Township, originally called the College Township. The population was 21,371 at the 2010 census. This college town was founded as a home for Miami University. In 2014, Oxford was rated by Forbes as the “Best College Town” in the United States, based on a high percentage of students per capita and part-time jobs, and a low occurrence of brain-drain.

The median income in Oxford comes in at $26,816 and the median home value is $186,900 for 2019.

Athens, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 24,486
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.3x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 31.1x (1st most expensive)
More on Athens: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Athens is a city in and the county seat of Athens County, Ohio, United States. It is located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio. A historic college town, Athens is home to Ohio University, and is the principal city of the Athens, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. The official population of Athens in the 2010 U.S. Census was 23,832.

The median income in Athens comes in at $24,326 and the median home value is $177,100 for 2019.

Beachwood, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 11,743
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.3x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.7x (33rd most expensive)
More on Beachwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Beachwood comes in at $86,026 and the median home value is $283,500 for 2019.

Bowling Green, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 31,529
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.3x (22nd most expensive)
More on Bowling Green: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bowling Green is a city in and the county seat of Wood County, Ohio, United States. The population was 30,028 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Toledo Metropolitan Area and a member of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Bowling Green is the home of Bowling Green State University.

The median income in Bowling Green comes in at $33,794 and the median home value is $164,700 for 2019.

Aurora, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 15,766
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (25th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.5x (68th most expensive)
More on Aurora: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Aurora comes in at $84,657 and the median home value is $246,200 for 2019.

Kent, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 29,771
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.4x (19th most expensive)
More on Kent: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kent is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the largest city in Portage County. It is located along the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio on the western edge of the county. The population was 28,904 in the 2010 Census and was estimated at 30,071 in 2016. The city is counted as part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Statistical Area.

The median income in Kent comes in at $38,198 and the median home value is $141,300 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 18,841
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (22nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.2x (55th most expensive)
More on Mayfield Heights: Real Estate | Data

Mayfield Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and is an east-side suburb of Cleveland. The population was 18,827 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Mayfield Heights comes in at $48,936 and the median home value is $144,000 for 2019.

Avon Lake, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 23,489
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 20)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (33rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 64.4x (117th most expensive)
More on Avon Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Avon Lake is a city in Lorain County, Ohio, United States, located on Lake Erie. The population was 22,581 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Avon Lake comes in at $80,943 and the median home value is $229,300 for 2019.

Cincinnati, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 298,957
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.3x (45th most expensive)
More on Cincinnati: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cincinnati is a major city in the U.S. state of Ohio that serves as county seat of Hamilton County. Settled in 1788, the city is located on the north side of the confluence of the Licking with the Ohio River. With a population of 298,800, Cincinnati is the third-largest city in Ohio and the 65th-largest city in the United States. It has the fastest growing economic power of the Midwestern United States and 28th-biggest metropolitan statistical area in the United States, the biggest in Ohio. The city drives the Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington combined statistical area, which had a population of 2,172,191 in the 2010 census.

The median income in Cincinnati comes in at $36,429 and the median home value is $124,200 for 2019.

Willoughby Hills, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,514
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 71.0x (161st most expensive)
More on Willoughby Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Willoughby Hills comes in at $60,757 and the median home value is $263,200 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Buckeye State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Ohio
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 251 places in Ohio that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Ohio according to the data is Oxford.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Ohio For 2019

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

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

  1. Bellevue
  2. Hubbard
  3. Martins Ferry

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Ohio

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Oxford 16.33 22,624 7.0x 34.8x
2 Athens 17.0 24,486 7.3x 31.1x
3 Beachwood 19.0 11,743 3.3x 51.7x
4 Bowling Green 30.33 31,529 4.9x 49.3x
5 Aurora 38.33 15,766 2.9x 57.5x
6 Kent 40.0 29,771 3.7x 48.4x
7 Mayfield Heights 56.33 18,841 2.9x 55.2x
8 Avon Lake 58.67 23,489 2.8x 64.4x
9 Cincinnati 61.0 298,957 3.4x 53.3x
10 Willoughby Hills 61.67 9,514 4.3x 71.0x
11 Hudson 62.33 22,250 2.6x 62.4x
12 Blue Ash 64.33 12,096 3.2x 70.2x
13 Wilmington 65.33 12,396 3.2x 47.6x
14 Milford 66.0 6,829 3.5x 64.1x
15 Lancaster 68.0 39,732 2.9x 52.5x
16 Columbus 69.33 852,144 2.8x 55.7x
17 Circleville 72.33 13,780 2.8x 53.7x
18 Westlake 74.67 32,387 3.0x 74.9x
19 Huron 75.67 6,988 2.9x 65.6x
20 Newark 77.33 48,640 2.9x 56.0x
21 Norwood 77.33 19,611 2.9x 58.0x
22 Twinsburg 78.33 18,849 2.8x 70.3x
23 Avon 78.67 22,538 2.9x 77.5x
24 Grandview Heights 80.0 7,377 3.2x 83.1x
25 Willoughby 80.67 22,646 2.7x 61.2x
26 Heath 81.83 10,542 2.7x 58.9x
27 Rocky River 82.0 20,273 3.2x 81.2x
28 Chillicothe 82.0 21,598 2.8x 52.9x
29 Granville 82.33 5,721 3.7x 90.6x
30 Wooster 82.5 26,723 3.0x 63.9x
31 Oberlin 83.33 8,317 2.9x 68.8x
32 Lakewood 85.0 50,778 2.9x 65.9x
33 Brecksville 85.33 13,522 2.5x 69.1x
34 Upper Arlington 85.33 34,943 3.2x 94.4x
35 Marietta 85.67 13,795 2.8x 54.0x
36 Fairlawn 86.0 7,463 2.5x 63.9x
37 Kirtland 89.0 6,819 3.6x 98.6x
38 Delaware 89.5 38,193 2.7x 69.4x
39 North Royalton 90.67 30,325 2.8x 80.2x
40 Solon 90.67 23,068 2.8x 82.9x
41 Richmond Heights 92.0 10,456 2.8x 67.3x
42 Bexley 92.33 13,659 3.1x 111.7x
43 Montgomery 92.33 10,587 3.0x 107.6x
44 Ravenna 92.83 11,530 2.7x 54.9x
45 Zanesville 93.0 25,378 2.8x 40.9x
46 Nelsonville 93.67 5,005 2.8x 37.0x
47 Cambridge 94.33 10,491 2.7x 49.7x
48 Dublin 96.0 44,442 2.8x 98.6x
49 Canal Fulton 96.0 5,457 2.8x 69.9x
50 Medina 96.67 26,348 2.7x 74.1x
51 Mount Vernon 97.67 16,681 2.6x 55.1x
52 Powell 100.67 12,658 2.6x 85.9x
53 Gahanna 102.0 34,691 2.6x 77.5x
54 Ironton 102.17 11,030 2.7x 56.5x
55 Springdale 102.33 11,203 2.4x 51.3x
56 Madeira 102.33 8,993 2.7x 98.2x
57 New Philadelphia 102.83 17,408 2.6x 59.2x
58 Hillsboro 103.0 6,528 2.6x 51.3x
59 Logan 103.33 7,030 2.8x 63.5x
60 Shaker Heights 104.33 27,749 2.6x 83.8x
61 Marysville 104.33 22,924 2.6x 76.2x
62 Fairborn 104.33 33,344 2.5x 58.1x
63 East Cleveland 104.67 17,375 2.7x 35.7x
64 Fairview Park 105.0 16,432 2.7x 74.0x
65 Columbiana 105.67 6,363 2.9x 75.5x
66 Findlay 105.67 41,237 2.6x 64.9x
67 New Albany 105.67 10,253 2.6x 117.2x
68 Portsmouth 106.0 20,343 2.6x 47.8x
69 Loveland 106.33 12,884 2.7x 86.3x
70 Germantown 106.67 5,500 2.5x 60.1x
71 North Ridgeville 107.67 32,443 2.4x 64.7x
72 Troy 108.33 25,694 2.5x 64.4x
73 Eastlake 108.33 18,284 2.5x 61.0x
74 Highland Heights 108.67 8,380 2.7x 134.3x
75 Jackson 109.0 6,293 2.5x 51.9x
76 Stow 109.33 34,743 2.5x 71.0x
77 Worthington 110.0 14,442 2.6x 106.7x
78 Streetsboro 110.33 16,305 2.4x 61.5x
79 Norwalk 111.67 16,790 2.7x 68.8x
80 Eaton 111.67 8,219 2.7x 60.3x
81 Urbana 112.0 11,519 2.5x 59.8x
82 Centerville 113.0 23,847 2.5x 82.3x
83 Mason 113.33 32,317 2.5x 84.3x
84 Wyoming 113.67 8,476 2.6x 114.3x
85 London 113.67 10,087 2.5x 68.9x
86 Broadview Heights 113.67 19,262 2.6x 101.6x
87 Grove City 114.0 39,266 2.4x 71.4x
88 Green 114.0 25,741 2.6x 88.9x
89 Bryan 114.67 8,415 2.5x 52.0x
90 Chardon 114.67 5,166 2.7x 88.2x
91 Lebanon 115.17 20,500 2.6x 82.4x
92 Hamilton 115.33 62,216 2.4x 55.5x
93 Ada 115.67 5,902 2.5x 55.0x
94 Groveport 116.33 5,563 2.6x 80.9x
95 North Canton 118.33 17,400 2.5x 73.4x
96 West Carrollton 118.33 12,963 2.4x 50.8x
97 Middletown 118.83 48,350 2.4x 51.9x
98 Vermilion 119.33 10,538 2.5x 66.7x
99 Wauseon 119.67 7,075 2.6x 70.4x
100 Washington Court House 120.33 14,136 2.4x 56.9x

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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