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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 2022 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 $51,468/year to afford the $140,751 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 $51,468/year to afford the $140,751 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.
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 Upper Arlington.
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
Methodology: How We Determined The Best Columbus, OH Neighborhoods In 2022
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Columbus, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- 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, Upper Arlington.
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.
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.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Columbus aren't all good. Franklinton takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Columbus.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2022 Detailed Data
|9||Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord||8,709|
|13||West Columbus Interim||53,633|
|15||Mckinley Avenue Corridor||5,558|
|24||South Central Accord||2,511|
|29||South Alum Creek||4,981|
|36||Olentangy River Road||3,967|
|37||Fort Columbus Airport||3,184|