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You either have to own Skyline Chili or be a member of one of Ohio's professional sports teams to live in our top ten richest cities in Ohio for 2021.
If you're looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, and high-end shopping, with a bank account to match, you can stop your search. There are cities in The Buckeye State that have these 5-star amenities, and then some. Yes, this flyover state has many cities that cater to the lifestyle of the Ohio rich and famous.
How does one get their hand on one of these Ohio cities where living your best life is possible? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you. First off, you need to find a job that pays on average $150,000/year. Might we suggest a job in real estate in our number one richest city? The median home price in this city is currently a million dollars. Secondly, you have to be a hard worker. Unemployment rates and poverty rates in these affluent Ohio cities barely reach 3%.
Monetary wealth does make a city rich, but there are cities on our list that are both rich in the dollar as well as rich in amenities. Cities on our list like Bay Village offer any yachtie primo parking, and cities like Powell have some the fanciest golf courses this side of the Mississippi. This means that you can keep money in your wallet to live a posh Ohio lifestyle. It's not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our ten best places to live in Ohio for 2021 that are also on our richest list. Wealthy cities tend to have it all.
To narrow down the richest cities in Ohio, we looked at several factors: poverty rate, median household income, and unemployment rate. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.
This left us with 253 cities in the 34th largest state and the seventh most populous state in the country.
Without further adieu, the wealthiest city in Ohio for 2021 is Independence.
So, if you care about living where there are great jobs and wealthy people, take a look the list below. The 'Heart of it All' is calling.
Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:
The 10 Richest Cities In Ohio For 2021
How We Determined The Richest Places In Ohio For 2021
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.
However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:
- Poverty Level
- Median Household Income
- Unemployment Rate
Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.
After we collected the data for all 253 places with more than 5,000 people in Ohio, we ranked each place from 1 to 253 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.
We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Independence, crowned the "Richest City In Ohio For 2021". You can download the data here.
You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 253 places.
There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Ohio For 2021
Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Ohio, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Ohio.
When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.
If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Ohio, according to data:
Poorest: East Cleveland
2nd Poorest: Youngstown
3rd Poorest: Portsmouth
For more Ohio reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Ohio
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