The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Columbus For 2022

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Columbus are the best of the best.

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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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Best Neighborhoods In Columbus

The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus

Population: 43,520
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $335,316 (Second best)
Median Income: $102,607 (Second best)
More on Upper Arlington: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,989
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $264,575 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $69,438 (12th best)
More on Victorican Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Victorican Village Columbus, OH

Population: 13,485
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $337,683 (best)
Median Income: $114,868 (best)
More on Bexley: Homes For Sale | Data

Bexley Columbus, OH

Population: 1,347
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $254,550 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $79,066 (Fifth best)
More on Harrison West: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 30,675
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $209,483 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $76,688 (Seventh best)
More on Clintonville: Homes For Sale | Data

Clintonville Columbus, OH

Population: 5,487
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $271,671 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $75,000 (Ninth best)
More on Southside: Homes For Sale | Data

Southside Columbus, OH

Population: 14,074
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $235,220 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $87,419 (Third best)
More on Worthington: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,967
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $331,050 (Third best)
Median Income: $75,120 (Eighth best)
More on Brewery: Homes For Sale | Data

Brewery Columbus, OH

Population: 8,709
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $186,386 (12th best)
Median Income: $80,400 (Fourth best)
More on Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 79,502
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $176,663 (13th best)
Median Income: $71,352 (11th best)
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

Northwest Columbus, OH

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".

Using 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, 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

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Upper Arlington 43,520 $335,316 $102,607
2 Victorican Village 3,989 $264,575 $69,438
3 Bexley 13,485 $337,683 $114,868
4 Harrison West 1,347 $254,550 $79,066
5 Clintonville 30,675 $209,483 $76,688
6 Southside 5,487 $271,671 $75,000
7 Worthington 14,074 $235,220 $87,419
8 Brewery 1,967 $331,050 $75,120
9 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 8,709 $186,386 $80,400
10 Northwest 79,502 $176,663 $71,352
11 Italian Village 2,937 $244,800 $61,624
12 Far North 33,986 $189,350 $77,465
13 West Columbus Interim 53,633 $162,432 $72,645
14 Downtown 8,760 $256,457 $44,875
15 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 5,558 $129,933 $50,635
16 Northland 122,528 $123,442 $54,666
17 Southeast 20,601 $111,900 $53,235
18 Brice-Tussing 27,035 $113,760 $51,585
19 North Linden 27,282 $77,991 $38,485
20 Westland 36,756 $113,830 $49,688
21 Near East 17,159 $93,138 $32,468
22 University 35,689 $77,338 $28,806
23 Whitehall 18,878 $77,695 $39,753
24 South Central Accord 2,511 $151,800 $53,556
25 Greater Hilltop 65,257 $74,258 $37,375
26 Northeast 29,406 $81,032 $34,150
27 Weinland Park 5,611 $76,000 $18,133
28 Far South 13,301 $78,615 $39,897
29 South Alum Creek 4,981 $95,450 $49,726
30 Southwest 19,909 $74,712 $38,392
31 South Side 14,750 $75,823 $33,791
32 Near Southside 16,697 $58,285 $29,952
33 North Central 9,534 $64,230 $31,482
34 Tri-South 4,051 $65,500 $33,916
35 South Linden 8,700 $49,420 $21,602
36 Olentangy River Road 3,967 $28,529 $23,333
37 Fort Columbus Airport 3,184 $31,675 $28,221
38 Milo Grogan 1,513 $76,300 $24,311
39 Franklinton 7,306 $33,033 $21,557

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Columbus.

About Chris Kolmar

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