The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Ohio For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Ohio have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Ohio:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Ohio, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Buckeye State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Ohio that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Ohio at the moment? That would be Obetz according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Ohio for 2021.

What's the best place to buy a home in Ohio for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Ohio and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Ohio.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Ohio For 2021

Obetz, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,024
Median Home Price: $124,400
Population Change: 6.0%
Home Price Change: 6.1%
More on Obetz: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Munroe Falls, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,057
Median Home Price: $160,800
Population Change: -0.2%
Home Price Change: 2.6%
More on Munroe Falls: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

St. Clairsville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,072
Median Home Price: $180,700
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 12.6%
More on St. Clairsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wellington, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,135
Median Home Price: $120,800
Population Change: -2.2%
Home Price Change: 5.4%
More on Wellington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,167
Median Home Price: $190,200
Population Change: -0.1%
Home Price Change: 7.5%
More on Chardon: Homes For Sale | Data

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,237
Median Home Price: $165,300
Population Change: 2.5%
Home Price Change: 8.5%
More on John: Homes For Sale | Data

Toronto, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,280
Median Home Price: $84,800
Population Change: -0.3%
Home Price Change: -5.7%
More on Toronto: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Uhrichsville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,348
Median Home Price: $73,500
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 0.4%
More on Uhrichsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Northwood, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,384
Median Home Price: $129,100
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 4.8%
More on Northwood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Canal Fulton, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,409
Median Home Price: $154,300
Population Change: -1.0%
Home Price Change: 2.1%
More on Canal Fulton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Ohio for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Ohio. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Ohio with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Ohio with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Ohio, only 253 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 253 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Obetz is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Buckeye State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Ohio for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Ohio. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Ohio

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Obetz 1 $124,400 6.0% 6.1%
Munroe Falls 2 $160,800 -0.2% 2.6%
St. Clairsville 3 $180,700 0.0% 12.6%
Wellington 4 $120,800 -2.2% 5.4%
Chardon 5 $190,200 -0.1% 7.5%
John 6 $165,300 2.5% 8.5%
Toronto 7 $84,800 -0.3% -5.7%
Uhrichsville 8 $73,500 -0.4% 0.4%
Northwood 9 $129,100 0.0% 4.8%
Canal Fulton 10 $154,300 -1.0% 2.1%
Waterville 11 $196,400 0.1% 6.8%
Germantown 12 $135,000 -0.1% 2.8%
Wellston 13 $88,800 -0.4% 0.5%
Sunbury 14 $227,800 5.5% 8.6%
New Carlisle 15 $91,500 -0.7% 0.1%
Deer Park 16 $134,500 -1.6% 4.1%
Groveport 17 $167,600 0.4% 5.4%
The Village Of Indian Hill 18 $955,500 -1.9% 6.0%
Granville 19 $383,200 0.8% 6.8%
Brookville 20 $131,400 1.8% -1.4%
Ada 21 $121,200 -0.5% 0.4%
Geneva 22 $100,900 -0.2% -0.7%
Grafton 23 $145,300 -1.6% 4.5%
Willard 24 $83,400 -0.3% -1.7%
Ontario 25 $126,500 -0.4% 1.4%
Port Clinton 26 $110,800 4.3% 3.3%
Clyde 27 $99,300 -0.1% 0.7%
Jackson 28 $95,100 -0.6% -2.4%
Columbiana 29 $148,300 -0.7% 7.4%
Pepper Pike 30 $440,600 0.4% 2.8%
Belpre 31 $112,800 -0.0% 11.6%
Moraine 32 $92,800 0.6% 4.7%
Rittman 33 $116,000 -0.6% 8.6%
Hillsboro 34 $105,700 0.2% 5.4%
Rossford 35 $142,100 0.5% 10.2%
Union 36 $100,000 1.1% 3.5%
Martins Ferry 37 $70,900 -0.9% -4.8%
Upper Sandusky 38 $124,800 -0.9% 25.4%
Mount Healthy 39 $88,600 11.4% 3.4%
Kirtland 40 $296,100 0.1% 1.1%
Logan 41 $108,300 -0.1% -1.9%
Cortland 42 $152,100 -0.8% -1.1%
Milford 43 $161,200 0.2% 0.9%
Huron 44 $154,500 -0.5% -2.3%
Delphos 45 $96,500 -0.3% 6.5%
Independence 46 $238,100 0.2% 2.4%
Bellbrook 47 $180,300 0.5% 5.4%
Canfield 48 $173,900 -0.2% -0.9%
Mentor-On-The-Lake 49 $133,200 -0.3% 0.5%
Wauseon 50 $127,800 -1.6% -4.3%
Fairlawn 51 $171,700 -0.1% 1.1%
Hubbard 52 $99,900 -0.5% 2.0%
Campbell 53 $60,100 -0.9% -2.0%
Grandview Heights 54 $356,700 2.8% 4.1%
Bellevue 55 $99,600 -0.6% 0.8%
Eaton 56 $98,200 -0.1% 1.2%
St. Marys 57 $117,700 0.7% 7.9%
Bryan 58 $98,600 -0.4% 3.9%
Cheviot 59 $95,600 -0.8% 2.5%
Kenton 60 $75,300 -0.1% -4.2%
Oberlin 61 $160,900 -0.0% 5.4%
Orrville 62 $120,500 1.2% 1.9%
Highland Heights 63 $280,700 -0.1% 2.2%
Napoleon 64 $113,700 -2.0% 1.8%
Wyoming 65 $329,900 0.2% 4.8%
Canal Winchester 66 $198,300 3.4% 5.9%
Shelby 67 $92,900 0.6% 1.1%
Olmsted Falls 68 $158,600 -0.3% 3.7%
Sheffield Lake 69 $111,800 -0.5% 1.7%
Oakwood 70 $248,000 -0.5% 3.5%
Madeira 71 $294,400 0.6% 4.7%
North College Hill 72 $82,700 0.3% 0.7%
Louisville 73 $151,100 0.2% 4.4%
Girard 74 $77,100 -1.0% -3.5%
Willoughby Hills 75 $254,700 0.0% -3.6%
Wapakoneta 76 $107,900 -0.5% 2.8%
Tipp City 77 $170,000 0.6% 0.5%
Galion 78 $71,400 -0.1% 1.0%
London 79 $135,200 0.5% -0.7%
Struthers 80 $70,800 -0.8% 0.1%
Reading 81 $129,400 0.7% 5.5%
Cambridge 82 $88,700 -0.7% 4.0%
Celina 83 $118,300 1.0% 5.2%
Richmond Heights 84 $141,100 -0.4% -1.9%
Vermilion 85 $140,800 2.5% 0.8%
Bedford Heights 86 $102,600 -0.6% 0.0%
Ironton 87 $95,900 -2.9% 1.1%
East Liverpool 88 $55,600 -0.7% 2.0%
Heath 89 $150,700 0.9% 6.1%
Brooklyn 90 $110,600 -0.8% 3.3%
Montgomery 91 $374,000 1.1% 5.6%
New Albany 92 $497,800 0.3% 0.6%
Van Wert 93 $87,600 -0.3% 0.2%
Coshocton 94 $82,200 -0.0% -2.0%
Springdale 95 $128,700 -0.1% 2.7%
Ravenna 96 $98,600 -0.6% -1.3%
Urbana 97 $109,400 0.5% 4.1%
Seven Hills 98 $174,400 -0.4% 2.5%
Beachwood 99 $302,500 -0.4% 2.0%
Franklin 100 $112,100 -0.2% 1.7%

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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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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