The 10 Best Places To Retire In Ohio For 2021


We analyzed over 135 places in Ohio to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Ohio.

When we are in high school, we dream of college. When we are in college, we dream of being in the workforce and having our dream jobs. But when we are finally living the work life, we dream about our retirement -- in Ohio of course.

When some people think of retirement, they think of getting old and an end to having fun. But for some, retirement is the farthest from that as possible. Retirement can be full of fun, adventure, and social life. And if you make Ohio your state of choice because the top cities for retirement in the state that boasts it is the "heart of it all" has everything you're looking for at an affordable price. We took into account things that retirees like to do like visit museums and libraries, find affordable housing near major airports, and live in safe neighborhoods. The ohio places on this list offer all of the above in spades for those who are hanging up their hat. From Columbus to Cincinnati, you can find a city that fits your retirement needs.

If Ohio wasn't originally on your list, why should you take a second glance at the state? If you like music, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Ohio. If you like roller coasters, then you would love Cedar Point. And not to mentioned the beautiful state parks. So now that you are on the Ohio-bound train, let's take a look at the places that should be your top destinations for retirement.

Why did Parma take the top spot? And where are Columbus and Cleveland?

We analyzed over 134 places in Ohio using factors that help make retirement amazing (like affordability) to determine which cities are the best of the best for retirement in Ohio.

The winner? Parma. Surprised? We aren't.

Parma is located just outside of. you guessed it, Canton, Ohio. It is also not too far from Cleveland. So you'll be able to have the upscale suburban life with the action of the city nearby.

Interested to see how your favorite city in Ohio stacked up? Read on to learn more about our methodology and to see why each of these cities are your perfect retirement destination in Ohio.

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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Ohio For 2021

Parma, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 79,091
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $865
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Parma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Amherst, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,108
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 19)
Median Rent: $784
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Amherst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vermilion, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,479
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $890
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Vermilion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Canton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,277
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $840
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on North Canton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tallmadge, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,589
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $775
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Tallmadge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clayton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,205
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Median Rent: $848
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Clayton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ironton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,599
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 28)
Median Rent: $614
Distance to Closest Airport: 89 miles
More on Ironton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Franklin, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,150
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $878
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on New Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairview Park, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,303
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $785
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
More on Fairview Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dover, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,774
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Median Rent: $849
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Dover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Buckeye State for 2021

To create our list of the best places in Ohio to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Buckeye State -- 1203 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 134 places from across the state.

For these 134, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 134, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Parma, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Ohio Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Ohio goes to Parma.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Monroe
  2. Athens
  3. Forest Park

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Ohio?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Parma 79,091 $865
2 Amherst 12,108 $784
3 Vermilion 10,479 $890
4 North Canton 17,277 $840
5 Tallmadge 17,589 $775
6 Clayton 13,205 $848
7 Ironton 10,599 $614
8 New Franklin 14,150 $878
9 Fairview Park 16,303 $785
10 Dover 12,774 $849

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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.

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