The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Columbus, OH For 2024

The best Columbus neighborhoods are Harrison West and Bexley for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Best Neighborhoods In Columbus
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Is your current neighborhood safe? Do you like your neighborhood? If you answered “NO” to any one of those questions, you should really think about moving to one of Columbus’ best neighborhoods — the best Ohio has to offer.

Yes, you can thank The Discovery City for the very first Wendy’s and The Ohio State University; and after you take a look at the top ten best neighborhoods in Columbus for 2024 below, you can thank HomeSnacks.

To get a list of the best neighborhoods in Columbus we looked at the latest census report for the median income and median home price for each one of Columbus’ 39 neighborhoods. Our thinking, more expensive homes draw people with higher incomes and that usually translates to better neighborhoods. For example, to live in Columbus’ best neighborhood, you’re going to have to make at least $53,310/year to afford the $148,777 homes in this area. And while this is normally the case, there are some exceptions to the rule: in Columbus’ Northwest neighborhood, you only need to make $53,310/year to afford the $148,777 price tag for a home.

And because we can’t make a top ten list of best neighborhoods in any city without looking at things like crime, unemployment rates and fun stuff to do, we looked at those things, too. Unfortunately, Columbus’ crime rate is 54% above the national average, but you won’t find those numbers in Columbus’ best neighborhoods. Cowtown’s best hoods have recorded crime numbers well below the national average and their unemployment rates are following the same lead. This is quite impressive for a city that’s actually one of the most populous cities in America.

This sounds like a perfect living situation to us, so grab a frosty, find a sunny spot in one of Victorian Village’s parks, and scroll down to pick a neighborhood from Columbus’ stellar top ten list.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Best Neighborhoods In Columbus For 2024

  1. Harrison West
  2. Bexley
  3. Clintonville
  4. Upper Arlington
  5. Victorican Village
  6. Italian Village
  7. Brewery
  8. Worthington
  9. Northwest
  10. Downtown

We’re pretty sure that if we asked the Columbusites who currently reside in the best neighborhoods in Columbus why they think their neighborhood is top notch, we would hear things like: “There’s nothing like walking with a couple of friendly neighbors down to the Columbus Brew Fest every year from Italian Village” and/or “There’s nothing like kicking back with a latte at one of the cafes in the Clintonville neighborhood.” Sounds pretty fun, right?

So, want to know the number one neighborhood in Columbus? According to the latest data, that would be Harrison West.

Want to know the other Columbus neighborhoods that are super safe, affordable, and super fun? Take a look below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus

Population: 3,364
Median Home Value: $394,425 (best)
Median Income: $93,488 (Third best)
More on Harrison West: Data | Real Estate

Bexley Columbus, OH

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Population: 13,485
Median Home Value: $337,683 (Second best)
Median Income: $114,868 (best)
More on Bexley: Data | Real Estate

Clintonville Columbus, OH

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Population: 9,039
Median Home Value: $270,860 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $87,515 (Fourth best)
More on Clintonville: Data | Real Estate

Population: 43,520
Median Home Value: $335,316 (Third best)
Median Income: $102,607 (Second best)
More on Upper Arlington: Data | Real Estate

Victorican Village Columbus, OH

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Population: 3,989
Median Home Value: $264,575 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $69,438 (12th best)
More on Victorican Village: Data | Real Estate

Population: 3,530
Median Home Value: $320,000 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $72,750 (Ninth best)
More on Italian Village: Data | Real Estate

Brewery Columbus, OH

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Population: 1,967
Median Home Value: $331,050 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $75,120 (Eighth best)
More on Brewery: Data | Real Estate

Population: 14,074
Median Home Value: $235,220 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $87,419 (Fifth best)
More on Worthington: Data | Real Estate

Northwest Columbus, OH

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Population: 79,502
Median Home Value: $176,663 (13th best)
Median Income: $71,352 (11th best)
More on Northwest: Data | Real Estate

Population: 7,097
Median Home Value: $245,240 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $58,670 (13th best)
More on Downtown: Data | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Columbus, OH Neighborhoods In 2024

To rank the best neighborhoods in Columbus, we had to determine what criteria define “best” and then apply Saturday Night Science to it.

Using FBI crime, Census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 39 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index, the “Best City Neighborhood In Columbus.” We’re lookin’ at you, Harrison West.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Columbus, Ohio has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city, from best to worst.

We updated this article for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Columbus.

Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Columbus

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Columbus where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

The best neighborhoods in Columbus are Harrison West, Bexley, Clintonville, Upper Arlington, Victorican Village, Italian Village, Brewery, Worthington, Northwest, and Downtown.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Columbus aren’t all good. Milo Grogan takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Columbus.

The worst neighborhoods in Columbus are Milo Grogan, Fort Columbus Airport, Olentangy River Road, Tri-South, and North Central.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2024 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Harrison West 3,364 $394,425 $93,488
2 Bexley 13,485 $337,683 $114,868
3 Clintonville 9,039 $270,860 $87,515
4 Upper Arlington 43,520 $335,316 $102,607
5 Victorican Village 3,989 $264,575 $69,438
6 Italian Village 3,530 $320,000 $72,750
7 Brewery 1,967 $331,050 $75,120
8 Worthington 14,074 $235,220 $87,419
9 Northwest 79,502 $176,663 $71,352
10 Downtown 7,097 $245,240 $58,670
11 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 8,709 $186,386 $80,400
12 Far North 33,986 $189,350 $77,465
13 West Columbus Interim 53,633 $162,432 $72,645
14 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 5,558 $129,933 $50,635
15 Northland 122,528 $123,442 $54,666
16 Weinland Park 4,287 $243,900 $41,409
17 Brice-Tussing 27,035 $113,760 $51,585
18 Southside 15,464 $99,115 $53,356
19 Southwest 8,116 $86,075 $55,392
20 Westland 36,756 $113,830 $49,688
21 North Linden 30,894 $86,266 $40,367
22 Southeast 2,922 $88,860 $47,200
23 Near East 17,159 $93,138 $32,468
24 University 35,689 $77,338 $28,806
25 South Central Accord 2,511 $151,800 $53,556
26 Greater Hilltop 65,257 $74,258 $37,375
27 Whitehall 18,878 $77,695 $39,753
28 Northeast 29,406 $81,032 $34,150
29 Far South 13,301 $78,615 $39,897
30 South Alum Creek 4,981 $95,450 $49,726
31 Franklinton 8,060 $74,150 $24,247
32 South Side 14,750 $75,823 $33,791
33 Near Southside 16,697 $58,285 $29,952
34 South Linden 9,828 $64,136 $26,075
35 North Central 9,534 $64,230 $31,482
36 Tri-South 4,051 $65,500 $33,916
37 Olentangy River Road 3,967 $28,529 $23,333
38 Fort Columbus Airport 3,184 $31,675 $28,221
39 Milo Grogan 1,513 $76,300 $24,311
About Chris Kolmar

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