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Best Places to Live in Ohio

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.

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Cincinnati, OH

badge #1 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, including mus… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.9 Value

Columbus, OH

badge #2 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 for the Ohio … more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Quality of Life
  • 7.5 Value

Dayton, OH

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in Ohio

Dayton offers both a revamped downtown area full of unique activities, and suburbs that provide close-knit communities for the many w… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 7.5 Value

Cleveland, OH

badge #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 includes a vibrant … more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 6.1 Quality of Life
  • 7.4 Value

Toledo, OH

badge #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, represents t… more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.5 Value

Youngstown, OH

badge #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 1970s. But t… more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 6.3 Quality of Life
  • 7.8 Value