Best Places to Live in Ohio in 2020-21

No matter where you live in Ohio, almost everyone knows the same chant and refrain – “OH!” “IO!” – to cheer on Ohio State sports teams. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ohio River cruises and Cedar Point, a destination for roller coaster junkies, are other points of pride for Ohioans. Here are the best places to live in Ohio. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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  1. Columbus, OH
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    Columbus, OH

    #1 in Best Places to Live in Ohio

    Columbus, Ohio, is perhaps best-known for its unbridled passion for college football. It's true that the fierce loyalty... Read More
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    6.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.4
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    7.5
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    7.5
  2. Cincinnati, OH
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    Cincinnati, OH

    #2 in Best Places to Live in Ohio

    Although Cincinnati is often perceived as a sleepy Midwestern metro area, residents benefit from a wealth of amenities... Read More
    Overall Score
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    6.7
    Quality of Life
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    6.6
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    8
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    6.6
    Value
    8
  3. Dayton, OH
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    Dayton, OH

    #3 in Best Places to Live in Ohio

    Dayton offers both a downtown area full of unique activities and suburbs that provide close-knit communities for those... Read More
    Overall Score
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    6.4
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.2
    Value
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    7.6
    Overall Score
    6.4
    Quality of Life
    6.2
    Value
    7.6
  4. Cleveland, OH
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    Cleveland, OH

    #4 in Best Places to Live in Ohio

    Once a haven for immigrants and a powerhouse of industry, Cleveland's cultural identity springs from its past and... Read More
    Overall Score
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    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.2
    Value
    Value
    7.4
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    6.2
    Value
    7.4
  5. Toledo, OH
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    Toledo, OH

    #5 in Best Places to Live in Ohio

    "You will do better in Toledo," say the signs by roads into the downtown area. The slogan, which was introduced in 1913... Read More
    Overall Score
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    6.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
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    7.6
    Overall Score
    6.2
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    7.6
  6. Youngstown, OH
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    Youngstown, OH

    #6 in Best Places to Live in Ohio

    Located halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Youngstown is still reflective of the steel industry's collapse in the... Read More
    Overall Score
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    6.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.1
    Value
    Value
    7.9
    Overall Score
    6.1
    Quality of Life
    6.1
    Value
    7.9