These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities 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
  2. Beachwood (Photos)
  3. Brecksville
  4. Solon (Photos)
  5. Highland Heights (Photos)
  6. Avon (Photos)
  7. Kirtland (Photos)
  8. Westlake (Photos)
  9. Shaker Heights (Photos)
  10. Willoughby Hills (Photos)

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 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.

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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,985
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 202
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,908
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 162
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
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


Population: 13,576
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 142
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,160
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 140
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,289
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 135
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100

6. Avon

Avon, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

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

7. Kirtland

Kirtland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,857
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 126
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
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8. Westlake

Westlake, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,519
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 122
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,289
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 121
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 100
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,457
Services: 105
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 114
Housing: 119
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 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 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

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Pepper Pike 1 5,985 105 107 114
Beachwood 2 11,908 105 107 114
Brecksville 3 13,576 105 107 114
Solon 4 23,160 105 107 114
Highland Heights 5 8,289 105 107 114
Avon 6 20,925 105 107 114
Kirtland 7 6,857 105 107 114
Westlake 8 32,519 105 107 114
Shaker Heights 9 28,289 105 107 114
Willoughby Hills 10 9,457 105 107 114
Macedonia 11 11,137 105 107 114
Avon Lake 12 22,515 105 107 114
Broadview Heights 13 19,162 105 107 114
Independence 14 7,102 105 107 114
Bay Village 15 15,589 105 107 114
Rocky River 16 20,137 105 107 114
Seven Hills 17 11,768 105 107 114
Strongsville 18 44,555 105 107 114
North Royalton 19 30,245 105 107 114
University Heights 20 13,514 105 107 114
Mentor 21 47,277 105 107 114
Chardon 22 5,167 105 107 114
Lyndhurst 23 13,973 105 107 114
Middleburg Heights 24 15,845 105 107 114
Brunswick 25 34,353 105 107 114
North Ridgeville 26 29,537 105 107 114
Richmond Heights 27 10,531 105 107 114
Amherst 28 12,056 105 107 114
North Olmsted 29 32,599 105 107 114
Willoughby 30 22,302 105 107 114
Olmsted Falls 31 8,910 105 107 114
South Euclid 32 22,207 105 107 114
Mayfield Heights 33 19,069 105 107 114
Grafton 34 6,398 105 107 114
Vermilion 35 10,769 105 107 114
Cleveland Heights 36 46,052 105 107 114
Fairview Park 37 16,763 105 107 114
Wickliffe 38 12,761 105 107 114
Eastlake 39 18,638 105 107 114
Brook Park 40 19,199 105 107 114
Berea 41 19,049 105 107 114
Lakewood 42 52,002 105 107 114
Willowick 43 14,154 105 107 114
Sheffield Lake 44 9,147 105 107 114
Parma Heights 45 20,645 105 107 114
Parma 46 81,299 105 107 114
Bedford Heights 47 10,721 105 107 114
Brooklyn 48 11,101 105 107 114
Painesville 49 19,496 105 107 114
Hudson 50 22,292 91 114 90
Aurora 51 15,461 91 114 90
Warrensville Heights 52 13,532 105 107 114
Bedford 53 13,049 105 107 114
Elyria 54 54,535 105 107 114
Euclid 55 48,781 105 107 114
Twinsburg 56 18,703 91 114 90
Garfield Heights 57 28,755 105 107 114
Geneva 58 6,227 105 107 114
Maple Heights 59 23,136 105 107 114
Lorain 60 64,313 105 107 114
Fairlawn 61 7,432 91 114 90
Green 62 25,608 91 114 90
Stow 63 34,680 91 114 90
Medina 64 26,615 91 114 90
Streetsboro 65 15,911 91 114 90
Cleveland 66 397,972 105 107 114
Wadsworth 67 21,561 91 114 90
Ashtabula 68 19,144 105 107 114
Munroe Falls 69 5,016 91 114 90
East Cleveland 70 18,179 105 107 114
Tallmadge 71 17,505 91 114 90
Springboro 72 17,383 104 107 91
New Franklin 73 14,239 91 114 90
Norton 74 12,033 91 114 90
North Canton 75 17,423 91 114 90
Beavercreek 76 45,104 104 107 91
Bellefontaine 77 13,478 98 106 109
Kent 78 29,076 91 114 90
Canal Fulton 79 5,466 91 114 90
Monroe 80 12,220 104 107 91
Louisville 81 9,155 91 114 90
Sidney 82 21,180 98 106 109
Centerville 83 23,935 104 107 91
Bellbrook 84 6,987 104 107 91
Centerville 85 23,935 104 107 91
Centerville 86 23,935 104 107 91
Centerville 87 23,935 104 107 91
Celina 88 10,393 98 106 109
Lebanon 89 20,164 104 107 91
Cuyahoga Falls 90 49,513 91 114 90
Steubenville 91 18,564 97 100 95
Perrysburg 92 20,753 101 103 97
Orrville 93 8,484 91 114 90
Defiance 94 16,733 98 106 109
Ada 95 6,126 98 106 109
Wapakoneta 96 9,866 98 106 109
Tipp City 97 9,722 104 107 91
Sylvania 98 18,944 101 103 97
Dover 99 12,817 91 114 90
Waterville 100 5,491 101 103 97
Ravenna 101 11,710 91 114 90
Clayton 102 13,209 104 107 91
Montgomery 103 10,220 93 93 95
Wyoming 104 8,386 93 93 95
Miamisburg 105 20,108 104 107 91
Martins Ferry 106 6,907 97 100 95
East Liverpool 107 11,248 97 100 95
Delphos 108 7,163 98 106 109
New Philadelphia 109 17,272 91 114 90
Trenton 110 11,823 104 107 91
Bowling Green 111 30,447 101 103 97
Mason 112 30,659 93 93 95
Vandalia 113 15,194 104 107 91
Kettering 114 56,109 104 107 91
Van Wert 115 10,730 98 106 109
Blue Ash 116 12,079 93 93 95
Rittman 117 6,482 91 114 90
Kenton 118 8,205 98 106 109
Lima 119 38,647 98 106 109
Troy 120 25,069 104 107 91
Madeira 121 8,713 93 93 95
Massillon 122 32,126 91 114 90
Union 123 6,366 104 107 91
Huber Heights 124 38,309 104 107 91
Englewood 125 13,383 104 107 91
Maumee 126 14,267 101 103 97
Barberton 127 26,564 91 114 90
Germantown 128 5,494 104 107 91
Loveland 129 12,171 93 93 95
Akron 130 199,955 91 114 90
Rossford 131 6,325 101 103 97
Franklin 132 11,857 104 107 91
Fairborn 133 32,314 104 107 91
Oregon 134 20,229 101 103 97
Brookville 135 6,044 104 107 91
Middletown 136 48,628 104 107 91
Alliance 137 22,342 91 114 90
West Carrollton 138 13,161 104 107 91
Wilmington 139 12,545 104 107 91
Marietta 140 14,102 111 95 96
Harrison 141 9,894 93 93 95
Fairfield 142 42,638 93 93 95
Canton 143 73,318 91 114 90
Riverside 144 25,255 104 107 91
Findlay 145 41,301 101 103 97
Milford 146 6,709 93 93 95
Sharonville 147 13,422 93 93 95
Northwood 148 5,307 101 103 97
Xenia 149 25,746 104 107 91
Uhrichsville 150 5,429 91 114 90
Port Clinton 151 6,074 101 103 97
Wauseon 152 7,229 101 103 97
Moraine 153 6,320 104 107 91
Urbana 154 11,675 104 107 91
Springdale 155 11,138 93 93 95
Napoleon 156 8,782 101 103 97
New Carlisle 157 5,782 104 107 91
Piqua 158 20,611 104 107 91
Trotwood 159 24,536 104 107 91
Forest Park 160 18,689 93 93 95
Springfield 161 60,728 104 107 91
Deer Park 162 5,719 93 93 95
Upper Sandusky 163 6,794 101 103 97
Clyde 164 6,300 101 103 97
Reading 165 10,361 93 93 95
Tiffin 166 17,937 101 103 97
Norwood 167 19,214 93 93 95
Cincinnati 168 297,314 93 93 95
Dayton 169 142,670 104 107 91
Toledo 170 287,487 101 103 97
Marion 171 36,974 101 103 97
Fremont 172 16,717 101 103 97
Hamilton 173 62,429 93 93 95
North College Hill 174 9,379 93 93 95
Fostoria 175 13,104 101 103 97
Cheviot 176 8,356 93 93 95
Mount Healthy 177 6,078 93 93 95
Hillsboro 178 6,599 93 93 95
Huron 179 7,150 87 97 91
New Albany 180 7,998 96 90 97
Oberlin 181 8,288 87 97 91
Powell 182 11,466 96 90 97
Dublin 183 41,017 96 90 97
Upper Arlington 184 33,848 96 90 97
Granville 185 5,598 96 90 97
Bexley 186 13,118 96 90 97
Grandview Heights 187 6,604 96 90 97
Ontario 188 6,154 87 97 91
Worthington 189 13,524 96 90 97
Lexington 190 5,626 87 97 91
Westerville 191 36,415 96 90 97
Hilliard 192 28,981 96 90 97
Pickerington 193 18,387 96 90 97
Gahanna 194 33,352 96 90 97
Wooster 195 26,203 87 97 91
Canal Winchester 196 6,934 96 90 97
Amelia 197 5,103 91 96 104
Norwalk 198 16,999 87 97 91
Pataskala 199 14,794 96 90 97
Grove City 200 35,544 96 90 97
Marysville 201 22,521 96 90 97
Ashland 202 20,454 87 97 91
Delaware 203 35,012 96 90 97
Athens 204 24,013 96 90 97
Mount Vernon 205 16,942 87 97 91
Bellevue 206 8,211 87 97 91
Reynoldsburg 207 35,794 96 90 97
Groveport 208 5,330 96 90 97
Columbus 209 790,168 96 90 97
Heath 210 10,267 96 90 97
Willard 211 6,269 87 97 91
Sandusky 212 25,787 87 97 91
Bucyrus 213 12,306 87 97 91
Shelby 214 9,229 87 97 91
Coshocton 215 11,215 87 97 91
Mansfield 216 47,854 87 97 91
Cambridge 217 10,669 87 97 91
Galion 218 10,471 87 97 91
Circleville 219 13,391 96 90 97
Lancaster 220 38,801 96 90 97
London 221 9,856 96 90 97
Newark 222 47,675 96 90 97
Washington Court House 223 14,137 96 90 97
Whitehall 224 18,216 96 90 97
Chillicothe 225 21,890 96 90 97
Portsmouth 226 20,300 91 96 104
Belpre 227 6,453 96 90 97
Jackson 228 6,384 96 90 97
Logan 229 7,306 96 90 97
Bryan 230 8,574 96 92 92
New Lexington 231 5,150 96 90 97
Ironton 232 10,995 96 90 97
Zanesville 233 25,475 96 90 97
Wellston 234 5,664 96 90 97
Nelsonville 235 5,372 96 90 97
Oxford 236 21,338 85 91 82
Canfield 237 7,471 89 78 84
Cortland 238 7,059 89 78 84
Columbiana 239 6,290 89 78 84
Hubbard 240 7,862 89 78 84
Conneaut 241 12,824 89 78 84
Eaton 242 8,387 85 91 82
Niles 243 19,274 89 78 84
Girard 244 9,940 89 78 84
Salem 245 12,311 89 78 84
Struthers 246 10,711 89 78 84
Greenville 247 13,185 85 91 82
Campbell 248 8,252 89 78 84
Warren 249 41,569 89 78 84
Youngstown 250 67,093 89 78 84

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