The 10 Best Columbus Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 33 places around Columbus to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Columbus suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Columbus are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Columbus for 2021:

  1. Powell
  2. Upper Arlington
  3. Grandview Heights
  4. Worthington
  5. Dublin
  6. Granville
  7. New Albany
  8. Bexley
  9. Gahanna
  10. Westerville

What's the best suburb of Columbus? Powell ranks as the best suburb of Columbus for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Powell, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Columbus 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

The 10 Best Columbus Suburbs To Live For 2021

Powell, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,141
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $157,149
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
More on Powell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Powell is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Columbus area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Powell."

Everyone here is rich; families average $157,149 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Columbus region. And only 2.41% are out of work. Homes average more than $372,700 each.

Upper Arlington, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 35,299
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $123,548
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Upper Arlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Upper Arlington is the second best 'burb we looked at near Columbus for 2021.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 1.81% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Grandview Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,895
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $101,100
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Grandview Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Grandview Heights, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Columbus metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Grandview Heights.

Worthington, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 14,621
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $104,362
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Worthington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Worthington ranks as the 4th best suburb of Columbus for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Worthington and the schools are some of the best around.

Dublin, OH

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7.5
/10

Population: 46,499
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $137,867
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Dublin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Dublin.

Dublin gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Columbus area, where houses sell for an average of $377,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Granville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,815
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $118,375
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Granville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Granville is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.01% which is 12th best in the area.

According to online reports, Granville is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Columbus area, meaning you need to get in soon.

New Albany, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,925
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $203,409
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
More on New Albany: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to New Albany.

New Albany schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 12.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Bexley, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,786
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $109,036
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Bexley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bexley is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.42% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Gahanna, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 35,268
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $88,475
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Gahanna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Gahanna?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Westerville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 39,877
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $93,717
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Westerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Westerville.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Columbus for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Columbus was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Columbus.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 35 suburbs to evaluate around Columbus.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 35 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Columbus." We're lookin' at you, Powell. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Columbus 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Columbus, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Columbus Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Powell, OH 13,141 $157,149
2 Upper Arlington, OH 35,299 $123,548
3 Grandview Heights, OH 7,895 $101,100
4 Worthington, OH 14,621 $104,362
5 Dublin, OH 46,499 $137,867
6 Granville, OH 5,815 $118,375
7 New Albany, OH 10,925 $203,409
8 Bexley, OH 13,786 $109,036
9 Gahanna, OH 35,268 $88,475
10 Westerville, OH 39,877 $93,717
11 Pickerington, OH 20,631 $97,192
12 Hilliard, OH 36,411 $96,959
13 Commercial Point, OH 2,002 $86,058
14 Canal Winchester, OH 8,611 $95,647
15 Marysville, OH 23,808 $75,116
16 Groveport, OH 5,617 $67,063
17 Sunbury, OH 5,573 $74,583
18 Delaware, OH 40,568 $69,087
19 Reynoldsburg, OH 38,129 $67,120
20 Ashville, OH 4,214 $76,970
21 Pataskala, OH 15,585 $77,514
22 Heath, OH 10,745 $55,956
23 West Jefferson, OH 4,364 $61,489
24 London, OH 10,193 $56,801
25 Mount Sterling, OH 2,030 $44,591
26 Lancaster, OH 40,159 $43,720
27 Grove, OH 6,957 $41,875
28 Circleville, OH 13,928 $42,103
29 Baltimore, OH 2,992 $41,913
30 South Bloomfield, OH 2,075 $62,778
31 Obetz, OH 5,024 $65,466
32 Johnstown, OH 19,569 $24,561
33 Whitehall, OH 18,915 $42,526
34 Hebron, OH 2,389 $41,154
35 Buckeye Lake, OH 2,805 $43,545

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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.

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