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See which 7 Ohio spots have been ranked as some of the ‘Best Places to Live’ in 2023

See which 7 Ohio spots have been ranked as some of the ‘Best Places to Live’ in 2023

Sav McKee

A major Central Ohio county and 6 major Ohio cities have been considered as some of the best places to plant your roots in all of America.

Delaware County boasts more than 140 miles of rivers, creeks, lakes, and reservoirs, an award winning zoo, cozy local restaurants, top-ranked schools, and lively farmers markets. Predictable for some and surprising for others, the county, only about 20 miles north of Downtown Columbus, was recently ranked Ohio’s “Best County to Live In” by 24/7 Wall St.

The study, released last month, measured key factors such as affordability, economy, quality of life, and community, along with considering a commute from a major metropolitan area. They also focused on the Human Development Index, which measures life expectancy at birth, educational attainment (bachelor’s degree or higher), and financial stability.


Delaware County is “…healthier, better educated, and more financially secure than the U.S. population as a whole,” stated this study. “Well over half the adults in the area have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, the largest share of all 88 counties in Ohio…life expectancy at birth is 82.1 years, over five years greater than the state average. Additionally, the local poverty rate is less than half the statewide rate.”

In addition to Delaware County’s national recognition, another study released by U.S. News this past May shows that 6 Ohio cities ranked in the “Best Places to Live in the U.S 2023-2024”:

#50 – Cincinnati: the city’s amenities, museums, restaurants, and public schools make this an exceptional place to call home.

#62 – Youngstown: The study states, “This Rust Belt city is in the midst of a cultural and economic renaissance that combines rich historical tradition with the zeal of a new generation.” 

#69 – Columbus: with its “…lively bars and restaurants in the Short North to the charming, historic German Village to the many parks and gardens – and, yes, to Columbus’ professional and college sports teams…” 

#84 – Toledo: known for its low cost of living and a wealth of outdoor activities. 

#97 – Cleveland: last but not least, this industrial city “includes a vibrant mix of families, young professionals, entrepreneurs, and college students of different ethnicities and backgrounds.”

We already knew Ohio was wonderful, but it’s nice to be affirmed by national accolades!

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