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The Buckeye state is a fine place to live: it has large cities, mountain ranges, excellent universities, and many major sports teams. Ohio is no economic slouch, either: the state is 7th in the nation in GDP, meaning there’s plenty of employment opportunity. Read below to find out more about Ohio’s best cities to live in.

1. Chagrin Falls

Ohio’s most liveable city is Chagrin Falls, a modestly sized suburb of Cleveland. Chagrin Falls schools are regularly ranked among the best in the state and the city is home to Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, one of the oldest community theaters in the United States.  

2. Powell

The wealthy community of Powell, located in Delaware County, is Ohio’s #2 best city to live in.  Powell is a quiet, idyllic suburb of Columbus, the state capital, with a median household income of nearly $140,000.

3. Mason

Mason is an affluent city located around 20 miles outside of Cincinnati. Once a modest farming community, development took off in Mason in the 1990s, and now it is home to the Lindner Family Tennis Center, where the Western & Southern Open takes place and the Kings Island amusement park.

4. Hudson

Fourth on the list is Hudson, a well-to-do suburb of Akron with over one thousand acres of public parks. The city’s strong economy has resulted in a median household income of over 100K.  

5. New Albany

New Albany lies northeast of the state capital of Columbus near the headwaters of the Rocky Fork Creek. The city has a thriving cultural sector, supporting both a symphony orchestra and a ballet company.

Best Cities to Live in Ohio

RankCity
1Chagrin Falls
2Powell
3Mason
4Hudson
5New Albany
6Lewis Center
7Westerville
8Beachwood
9Hilliard
10Mentor
11Stow
12Westlake
13Perrysburg
14Willoughby
15Strongsville
16West Chester
17North Canton
18Wadsworth
19Columbus
20Athens
21Cuyahoga Falls
22Blacklick
23Ashland
24Loveland
25Lakewood
26Dublin
27Kent
28Maumee
29Findlay
30Eastlake
31Mount Vernon
32Uniontown
33Medina
34Sylvania
35Delaware
36Painesville
37North Ridgeville
38North Olmsted
39North Royalton
40Wooster
41Massillon
42Galloway
43Milford
44Grove City
45Pickerington
46Brunswick
47Troy
48Fairborn
49Fairfield
50Lebanon
51Barberton
52Sidney
53Bowling Green
54Xenia
55Bedford
56Miamisburg
57Reynoldsburg
58Franklin
59Elyria
60Ravenna
61Pataskala
62Defiance
63Batavia
64Alliance
65Marysville
66Oxford
67Zanesville
68Fremont
69Canal Winchester
70Piqua
71Marietta
72Tiffin
73Sandusky
74Newark
75Salem
76Cincinnati
77Euclid
78Lorain
79Ashtabula
80Marion
81Chillicothe
82Lancaster
83Springfield
84Middletown
85Lima
86Hamilton
87Warren
88Portsmouth
89Cleveland
90Steubenville
91Mansfield
92Dayton
93Youngstown
94Toledo
95Canton
96Akron

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Methodology

We ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).