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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.

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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).