The 10 Best Places To Live In Ohio In 2023

The best places to live in Ohio for 2023 are Madeira, Upper Arlington, and Wyoming. Find out where your city or town ranks.

If you’re looking to relocate, look no further than the best places to live in Ohio.

All the best places in Ohio let you experience long summer nights by the lake, take idyllic winter tours through the woods, or make friends with the good people of The Buckeye State. So, narrowing down the top ten best places to live in Ohio was tough.

To determine the best places to live in Ohio, we took a look at the data to find cities with low cost of living, gold star schools, affordable housing, and low crime.

Furthermore, these places in Ohio let you enjoy Tony Packo’s famous chili dog and a bowl of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Or you can explore places like the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toledo, the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, or the Cincinnati Zoo.

Read on to see what Ohio cities made the list of the top ten best places to live.

We looked at 250 Ohio cities with a population of more than 5,000 to determine which cities are the best to call home. While most of our top ten cities make many of our top ten lists, like our Best Places to Raise a Family and Best Places to Retire articles, there are surprises.

What city is the best place to live in Ohio for 2023? According to the US Census and FBI data, Madeira is the best place to live in Ohio if you care about home values, low crime, and high quality of life.

Read below to see how your hometown and other amazing Ohio cities ranked. Hint: if you live in the greater Columbus or Cleveland area, consider yourself one lucky Buckeye.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 best places to live In Ohio for 2023

Madeira, OH

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Population 9,397
Rank Last Year 2
Median Home Value $375,400
Unemployment Rate 2.0%

Madeira is an awesome suburb of Cincinnati located about 15 miles northeast of the city. It’s the kind of city where you set down roots when your kids are in grade school and stay until they graduate from college. Niche gives the Madeira City Public School District an A+ rating, which is just part of the reason it’s one of the better places to live in Ohio.

Some of the other reasons Madeira ranks so well have to do with the economy. The city ranks 21st for unemployment and 10th for home values per the latest Census data. Add in top 10% finishes for every category we ranked in Ohio, and Madeira comes out as a well rounded city.

More on Madeira: Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Upper Arlington, OH

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Population 36,566
Rank Last Year 1
Median Home Value $454,700
Unemployment Rate 2.2%

Next up on our trip to the best places in Ohio is Upper Arlington, a Columbus suburb of 36,566 and the most populous city on this list. Homes are quite costly in Upper Arlington, but residents can handle it seeing as the median household income here is $132,783/year, the 9th highest in the state.

The success of Upper Arlington is no coincidence. Over three quarters of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree, which has a tremendous impact on earning potential. Speaking of potential, Upper Arlington makes sure that its student population lives up to theirs. How do we know? Well, Upper Arlington High School has received a College Success Award from GreatSchools for the past two years, with an emphasis on top-ranking test scores and a perfect 10/10 for students’ college readiness.

Upper Arlington is also close to Columbus’ German Village, a historic district with old, three-story maximum architecture and brick streets that’s as good for a wholesome day out as it is for an exciting night on the town.

More on Upper Arlington: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Wyoming, OH

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Population 8,691
Rank Last Year 3
Median Home Value $343,400
Unemployment Rate 2.2%

We’ll take a short drive west to another Cincy suburb to arrive at our 3rd best city in Ohio, Wyoming. As one of the richest places in Ohio, with a median household income of $133,500/year, Wyoming has an unshakeable economy. And with the 2nd lowest poverty level in Ohio, 1.2%, you can feel secure in knowing that all Wyoming’s residents are along for the ride. Add to that the 8th highest rate of health insurance coverage in the state, and you’ve got a city where unwelcome surprises are much less devastating.

Wyoming also has a crime rate about 60% below the national average, so the sound of police sirens should rarely be a part of your day-to-day life here.

Baseball fans might consider going in on season tickets, because from Wyoming, you can be at a Reds Game in just 20 minutes.

More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Pepper Pike, OH

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Population 6,743
Rank Last Year 7
Median Home Value $455,700
Unemployment Rate 1.7%

Wrapping up our list of best places to call home in Ohio is Pepper Pike, an eastern suburb of Cleveland. While homes in Pepper Pike are the 2nd priciest in the state, residents are also compensated with the 2nd highest paychecks as well. The median household income in Pepper Pike is $190,703/year and 99.1% of people living here have health insurance, the 3rd highest rate of coverage in Ohio.

Another thing to note about Pepper Pike is the educational prowess of the population. Over 40% of people here have a master’s, PhD, or professional degree, so definitely study up before a pub quiz night here if you don’t want to stand out for the wrong reasons. And the schools for the young-uns? Well, we think the 10/10 education score Pepper Pike got on our SnackAbility scale speaks for itself.

Since smarter people tend to eat better, we think Pepper Pikers are willing to make the half hour drive to Cleveland’s West Side Market for the freshest food in town. Even if you’re not there for groceries, wandering around the 100+ stalls is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

More on Pepper Pike: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Rocky River, OH

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Population 21,515
Rank Last Year 6
Median Home Value $272,100
Unemployment Rate 2.5%

Rocky River is a Cleveland suburb of 21,515 located along the shore of Lake Erie. If you prefer the company of women, Rocky River might just be the place for you, because at 54.5%, it has the greatest percentage of women among the places listed here. And as the second most densely populated spot on this list, you’d better believe Rocky River is a hub of activity.

Rocky River also has the 14th lowest crime rate in the state. So you won’t have to worry for your kiddos’ safety when they head off to school. Speaking of which, all levels of education in Rocky River (elementary, middle, and high school) got scores of 9/10 on GreatSchools, so from start to finish, kids get the best possible learning experience here.

And for folks who never change the radio from the classic rock station, being just 20 minutes down the road from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a welcome bonus.

More on Rocky River: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Grandview Heights, OH

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Population 8,099
Rank Last Year 4
Median Home Value $438,200
Unemployment Rate 2.0%

Let’s start our tour of the best places to live in Ohio with Grandview Heights, a suburb just minutes from downtown Columbus. Thanks to Grandview Heights’ proximity to the Ohio’s capital city, it ranks as the 13th most densely populated and has the 36th shortest commute (18 minutes) in the whole state. Both of which are the best of cities included on this list.

Besides being in the middle of the action, Grandview Heights has a lot going for it. Like a super smart population where over 30% of people have at least a master’s degree. And a poverty level and unemployment rate at 4.7% and 2.0% respectively, both among the lowest in Ohio. This rock solid economy with highly educated workers translates into big salaries, because the median household income in Grandview Heights is $89,415/year.

While there’s plenty to do in Grandview Heights itself, we think it’s extra cool that you can be at a Buckeyes’ game at Ohio Stadium with 100,000 of your closest friends in just ten minutes. Just be sure to make your move to Grandview Heights quickly, because the secret is out and its one of the fastest growing cities in Ohio.

More on Grandview Heights: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Montgomery, OH

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Population 10,796
Rank Last Year 5
Median Home Value $407,000
Unemployment Rate 2.3%

Montgomery is an affluent Cincinnati suburb of 10,796. While home prices in Montgomery are among the highest in the state, people here are paid enough to shoulder the burden. In fact, at $131,856/year, Montgomery residents enjoy the 10th highest median household income in Ohio.

Don’t think that Montgomery only caters to the 1% either. With a 1.5% poverty level and 99.4% of people covered by health insurance, everyone here can get by (and then some). Not to mention that, with a 10/10 SnackAbility score for education, Montgomery’s youth gets access to some of the best schools in the state.

And with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden a short drive away, you’ve always got the perfect family (or date) activity right in your backyard. Even if you cap off your day with a walk around Smale Riverfront Park, you can still be back in Montgomery before dinnertime.

More on Montgomery: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Bellbrook, OH

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Population 7,266
Rank Last Year 11
Median Home Value $193,300
Unemployment Rate 81.0%

Situated southeast of Dayton, Bellbrook ranks as Ohio’s 8th best place to live. For starters, Bellbrook achieved a sub-1% unemployment rate; the 3rd lowest rate in all of Ohio.

And since folks with jobs don’t have as much reason to commit crimes, it makes sense that Bellbrook’s overall crime rate is about 70% below the national average.

So what’s there to do in Bellbrook? Well, each year, the city hosts two festivals — one dedicated to Sugar Maple and another to Lions. On top of that, for a community of 7,266 people, Bellbrook has some excellent dining options.

The best part is how affordable Bellbrook is. It got an overall cost of living score of 97, where the national average is 100. Homes in Bellbrook have a median price tag of $193,300, and the median household income is $97,555.

More on Bellbrook: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Bexley, OH

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Population 13,820
Rank Last Year 33
Median Home Value $408,000
Unemployment Rate 3.6%

Bexley, located in Franklin County, is a great place to live for numerous reasons. This suburban city offers a low cost of living and is known for its attractive median home price, which is ranked 7th in the state.

Bexley is very close to Columbus, the state capital of Ohio. This allows Bexley access to the numerous amenities and entertainment options that Columbus has to offer. Bexley itself is home to beautiful parks such as Driving Park and Wolfe Park, as well as the renowned Franklin Park Conservatory. Additionally, the city is famous for its large houses and estates, particularly in the Bullitt Park area, where you can find notable landmarks like the Jeffrey Park Mansion and the Ohio Governor’s Mansion.

More on Bexley: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Powell, OH

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Population 13,879
Rank Last Year 8
Median Home Value $416,000
Unemployment Rate 2.3%

Clocking in as the 10th best place to call home in Ohio is Powell, one of Columbus’ best suburbs. You don’t have to worry about finding fun things to do in Powell because this city of 13,879 is chock full of exciting amenities.

Powell is home to the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay, a waterpark. Both are big hits with families, which makes sense considering that 49.76% of Powell’s households have kids. For nature lovers, there’s also the Emily Traphagen Preserve, where you can spot several types of birds.

GreatSchools gave Powell’s school district an average score of 8/10, most public schools score in the top 5% statewide, and the city has achieved the 6th lowest high school dropout rate in Ohio. No wonder Powell is one of Ohio’s fastest-growing cities.

Additionally, Powell has the 4th lowest poverty rate and 36th highest rate of health-insured residents in Ohio, so everybody gets a piece of the pie here. The median household income in Powell is $168,046, the 3rd highest in Ohio. The median home value in Powell is the 5th highest statewide at $416,000.

More on Powell: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Ohio

Best Places To Live In Ohio Size Requirement

Before we even started to collect data on the best places to live in Ohio, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Columbus with a population of 898,143 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke the best places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 250 cities, 385 towns, and 482 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Ohio have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the same analysis on the best towns and then again for the best small towns.

You can see the results of those best place rankings at the end of the article.

Methodology: How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Ohio

Now that we had our set of the best possible cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Ohio across a number of criteria from one to 250, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Ohio”.

The criteria we looked to determine the best places were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data. You can download the best places data here.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Ohio? That would be Madeira.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Ohio.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Madeira at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Summary: The Best Places In Ohio

If you’re looking at areas in Ohio with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Madeira made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Ohio for 2023.

Best Towns To Live In Ohio

  1. Ottawa Hills (Pop. 4,497)
  2. Silver Lake (Pop. 2,452)
  3. Mariemont (Pop. 3,400)
  4. Wetherington (Pop. 1,527)
  5. Fort Loramie (Pop. 1,375)
  6. Five Points (Pop. 1,905)
  7. Minster (Pop. 2,898)
  8. Four Bridges (Pop. 3,359)
  9. Sixteen Mile Stand (Pop. 3,185)
  10. Chagrin Falls (Pop. 4,056)

Best Small Towns To Live In Ohio

  1. Parkman (Pop. 71)
  2. Concorde Hills (Pop. 681)
  3. Riverlea (Pop. 583)
  4. Marble Cliff (Pop. 556)
  5. Shawnee Hills (Pop. 775)
  6. Burkettsville (Pop. 267)
  7. Ottoville (Pop. 923)
  8. New Knoxville (Pop. 942)
  9. Miamiville (Pop. 75)
  10. Chickasaw (Pop. 344)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Ohio according to the data:

  1. Cleveland (Pop. 374,861)
  2. New Carlisle (Pop. 5,561)
  3. Trotwood (Pop. 23,157)

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Best Places To Live In Ohio

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Madeira 9,397 2.0% $375,400
2 Upper Arlington 36,566 2.2% $454,700
3 Wyoming 8,691 2.2% $343,400
4 Pepper Pike 6,743 1.7% $455,700
5 Rocky River 21,515 2.5% $272,100
6 Grandview Heights 8,099 2.0% $438,200
7 Montgomery 10,796 2.3% $407,000
8 Bellbrook 7,266 0.8% $193,300
9 Bexley 13,820 3.6% $408,000
10 Powell 13,879 2.3% $416,000
11 Dublin 48,613 2.2% $415,900
12 Mason 34,337 2.3% $320,800
13 Springboro 18,831 3.6% $249,100
14 Hudson 23,001 2.3% $370,900
15 Granville 5,675 2.6% $380,700
16 Avon Lake 25,005 2.1% $275,800
17 Perrysburg 24,633 4.5% $237,300
18 Worthington 15,047 3.8% $329,100
19 Highland Heights 8,658 5.9% $304,500
20 New Albany 10,962 2.7% $531,700
21 Hilliard 35,530 2.6% $288,300
22 Beavercreek 46,320 2.3% $213,600
23 Broadview Heights 19,820 1.7% $242,100
24 Westerville 38,960 3.0% $269,300
25 Twinsburg 19,220 2.6% $234,000
26 Blue Ash 13,229 1.3% $319,000
27 Oakwood 9,470 1.6% $266,400
28 Reminderville 5,202 0.0% $251,800
29 Lyndhurst 13,980 3.4% $154,400
30 Olmsted Falls 8,684 3.4% $168,600
31 Centerville 24,281 2.6% $210,000
32 Harrison 12,801 0.6% $173,900
33 Gahanna 35,626 2.3% $249,700
34 Seven Hills 11,696 4.0% $190,400
35 Brunswick 35,272 2.1% $186,200
36 Sylvania 18,991 4.7% $189,400
37 Deer Park 5,439 4.2% $147,700
38 Munroe Falls 5,051 4.8% $168,100
39 St. Clairsville 5,121 4.3% $181,700
40 Waterville 5,943 5.0% $209,600
41 Loveland 13,125 4.4% $228,900
42 Fairview Park 17,167 3.6% $183,400
43 Solon 24,070 2.8% $315,800
44 Aurora 17,108 4.9% $312,000
45 Beachwood 13,806 7.4% $322,500
46 North Canton 17,884 3.3% $165,700
47 Brecksville 13,607 8.3% $309,200
48 University Heights 13,950 5.8% $177,000
49 North Ridgeville 34,883 3.4% $201,800
50 Celina 10,890 2.0% $131,000
51 Canfield 7,605 5.8% $177,200
52 Kirtland 6,921 2.2% $313,500
53 Stow 34,556 4.6% $198,400
54 Independence 7,512 1.7% $250,200
55 North Royalton 31,150 4.2% $224,200
56 Cortland 7,087 2.0% $161,600
57 St. Marys 8,311 1.9% $117,200
58 Strongsville 46,187 4.0% $226,700
59 Pickerington 22,682 4.0% $245,100
60 Fairlawn 7,697 2.0% $188,800
61 Berea 18,724 4.7% $152,300
62 Amherst 12,665 5.8% $172,700
63 Medina 26,011 4.4% $188,100
64 Canal Winchester 9,209 1.8% $222,900
65 Mentor 47,369 3.8% $189,400
66 Kettering 57,503 3.8% $149,900
67 Chardon 5,212 1.1% $218,200
68 Louisville 9,497 1.9% $161,300
69 Macedonia 12,083 3.5% $243,300
70 Avon 24,542 3.2% $319,400
71 Maumee 13,915 2.8% $157,900
72 Willoughby 23,753 3.6% $164,300
73 Columbiana 6,680 1.3% $148,500
74 Monroe 15,560 3.3% $201,800
75 Wadsworth 23,789 3.4% $183,600
76 Canal Fulton 5,337 4.5% $163,500
77 Clayton 13,246 3.5% $154,100
78 Wickliffe 12,688 6.1% $129,300
79 Westlake 34,049 4.1% $275,300
80 Marysville 24,922 3.5% $214,400
81 Mayfield Heights 20,113 6.3% $157,700
82 Sheffield Lake 8,985 3.8% $111,400
83 Willowick 14,173 5.2% $127,000
84 Huron 6,950 4.3% $177,800
85 Carlisle 5,436 3.7% $146,200
86 New Franklin 13,913 4.5% $164,700
87 Vandalia 15,155 2.8% $148,300
88 North Olmsted 32,371 3.5% $165,800
89 Mentor-On-The-Lake 7,135 3.9% $141,100
90 Hubbard 7,645 3.0% $110,100
91 Wauseon 7,277 3.9% $131,400
92 Tallmadge 18,409 2.6% $184,700
93 Shaker Heights 29,197 6.4% $252,100
94 Groveport 5,942 1.6% $183,300
95 Ontario 6,596 2.2% $132,500
96 Troy 26,093 5.3% $156,900
97 Delaware 41,004 3.8% $216,700
98 Oberlin 8,253 6.1% $162,300
99 Parma Heights 20,764 4.7% $129,300
100 Tiffin 17,882 4.2% $105,400
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the best places to live in Ohio.

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.

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