The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Ohio For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in Ohio have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Ohio.

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Ohio isn't just any flyover Midwest state, it's actually one of the safest, most family friendly states in the USA.

Ask any Ohioan and they will tell you that there are a ton of family friendly activities everywhere you turn, here. The Buckeye State is just one big playground for little and big kids alike. If you're looking for a state with affordable, family friendly staycations, Ohio is your place. There are 74 State Parks and 8 National Parks that dot Ohio's landscape. Amusement parks like Kings Island and Cedar Rapids will keep your family entertained for an entire weekend. And if museums and zoos are more your style, check out the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Cumberland's Wild Animal Safari Park, and/or the Akron Art Museum.

There are 253 breweries and 70 wineries in Ohio. So after you drop your kids at one of Ohio's day or overnight summer camps, you and your significant other can enjoy a break as well. Summers never end in this Great Lake State. In all seriousness, Ohio has some of the best schools in the country. Blue Ribbon elementary schools, gold star high schools, and colleges like Ohio State, Miami of Ohio, and Xavier, have been delivering the next generation to work at major Ohio companies like Procter & Gamble, Good Year, and AK Steel. Ohio is the 34th largest state and the seventh most populous state in the country. Needless to say, there's a family friendly living situation for everyone in this state. There are port cities on Lake Erie that provide safe neighborhoods and suburban living. There are quaint, affluent cities like Worthington that look like they jumped out of a postcard. And cities like Sylvania, provide solitude and good 'ol country livin'.

To take a closer look at the top ten places to live on our family friendly Ohio cities for 2021, grab your family, a Skyline Chili-dog, and head to a sunny spot on the Ohio River and read on.

To narrow down the most family friendly cities in Ohio, we looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities and percent of households that currently have children. The cities also had to have a population of at least 10,000.

We ended up with 124 said family friendly cities. Needless to say, it was quite difficult to narrow down the most family friendly city in Ohio for 2021. What was the best place for families in Ohio? Drum roll... kudos to Perrysburg for being the best place for families in Ohio.

More importantly, if you care about your family living where crime is low, schools are awesome, great jobs are plentiful, and there's a ton of stuff to do, look below at our top ten list to find your new family friendly Ohio city to call home.

Check out some more reading about Ohio and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Ohio For 2021

Perrysburg, OH

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Population: 21,482
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Toledo
Households with kids: 34.7%
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Fremont, OH

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Population: 16,073
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Toledo
Households with kids: 31.2%
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Hudson, OH

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Population: 22,263
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 38.0%
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Delaware, OH

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Population: 40,568
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 36.6%
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Upper Arlington, OH

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Population: 35,299
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 36.9%
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Mason, OH

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Population: 33,224
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 38.9%
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Pickerington, OH

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Population: 20,631
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 48.9%
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Defiance, OH

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Population: 16,990
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Fort Wayne
Households with kids: 31.4%
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Westerville, OH

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Population: 39,877
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 33.7%
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New Philadelphia, OH

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Population: 17,446
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Cleveland
Households with kids: 28.0%
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How do you determine which place is best for families in Ohio anyways?

To give you the places in Ohio which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Buckeye State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Ohio, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Ohio, that meant a total of 124 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Ohio

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Ohio ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Ohio according to the data:

  1. Trotwood
  2. Fairborn
  3. Heath

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Where Are The Best Places For Families In Ohio?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Perrysburg, OH 21,482 46
2 Fremont, OH 16,073 61
3 Hudson, OH 22,263 44
4 Delaware, OH 40,568 39
5 Upper Arlington, OH 35,299 48
6 Mason, OH 33,224 60
7 Pickerington, OH 20,631 35
8 Defiance, OH 16,990 47
9 Westerville, OH 39,877 49
10 New Philadelphia, OH 17,446 56

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