Worst Small Towns In Ohio For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in OH are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Ohio.

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Most Americans have never been to Ohio. However, as the people who live there know, Ohio is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Ohio has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Buckeye State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 349 of Ohio's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Ohio where you'd never want to live:

So what is the worst small town to call home in ohio for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Drexel is the worst small town to live in Ohio.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Ohio has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Ohio or the worst places to live in Ohio.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Ohio For 2020

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Population: 1,991
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $40,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.5% (5th worst)
More on Drexel:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 1,786
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $59,700 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.1% (11th worst)
More on Pomeroy:  Data

West Union, OH

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4
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Population: 3,231
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $79,900 (54th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (50th worst)
More on West Union:  Data | Photos

Nelsonville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 4,990
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $78,700 (44th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (27th worst)
More on Nelsonville:  Data | Photos

Manchester, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,933
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $80,400 (57th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (29th worst)
More on Manchester:  Data | Photos

Union City, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,755
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $59,200 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.1% (20th worst)
More on Union City:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 1,223
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $51,900 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.5% (4th worst)
More on Salineville:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,019
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $58,800 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (40th worst)
More on Chauncey:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 1,988
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $85,300 (82nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.2% (14th worst)
More on Windham:  Data

Crooksville, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,675
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $61,500 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.7% (10th worst)
More on Crooksville:  Data | Photos

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Ohio, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Ohio for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 349 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Ohio

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Buckeye State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Ohio, according to science:

  1. Mariemont (Pop. 3,429)
  2. Chagrin Falls (Pop. 4,061)
  3. Ottawa Hills (Pop. 4,436)

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Ohio

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Drexel 1,991 18.5% $40,300
2 Pomeroy 1,786 16.1% $59,700
3 West Union 3,231 9.3% $79,900
4 Nelsonville 4,990 12.0% $78,700
5 Manchester 1,933 11.5% $80,400
6 Union City 1,755 13.1% $59,200
7 Salineville 1,223 18.5% $51,900
8 Chauncey 1,019 10.5% $58,800
9 Windham 1,988 15.2% $85,300
10 Crooksville 2,675 16.7% $61,500
11 Winchester 1,065 17.9% $96,300
12 Oak Hill 1,691 7.8% $67,000
13 Sardinia 1,360 5.7% $82,000
14 Middleport 2,137 9.6% $66,600
15 Sawyerwood 1,331 17.5% $58,700
16 Peebles 1,851 12.1% $92,900
17 Woodsfield 2,371 8.6% $85,300
18 Camden 1,942 11.1% $78,700
19 Bellaire 4,139 9.9% $52,100
20 Wellsville 3,393 15.7% $49,600
21 Lockland 3,459 8.4% $81,300
22 Urbancrest 1,085 6.5% $95,000
23 West Hill 2,045 5.7% $40,300
24 Wolfhurst 1,232 15.2% $80,100
25 Stony Prairie 1,307 23.7% $96,600
26 Sabina 2,454 11.4% $81,100
27 Piketon 2,137 12.6% $94,800
28 Lisbon 2,713 13.4% $84,000
29 Glenmoor 1,918 3.5% $77,500
30 Newburgh Heights 1,778 14.3% $67,200
31 Cardington 1,911 9.6% $93,800
32 New Miami 2,416 11.3% $71,100
33 West Portsmouth 2,795 7.0% $71,900
34 Seaman 1,117 7.1% $95,600
35 Jeffersonville 1,279 6.2% $82,800
36 New Waterford 1,190 9.9% $88,900
37 Crystal Lakes 1,467 12.2% $72,500
38 Elmwood Place 1,907 4.7% $56,400
39 Ripley 1,786 6.1% $82,200
40 Leesburg 1,442 3.8% $82,500
41 Coal Grove 1,811 10.9% $83,200
42 Addyston 1,040 5.1% $90,400
43 Leavittsburg 1,516 18.4% $51,500
44 New Boston 2,375 9.6% $56,400
45 Plymouth 1,600 4.8% $78,500
46 Aberdeen 1,538 5.1% $96,400
47 West Salem 1,562 7.9% $84,300
48 Lakeview 1,196 4.9% $76,900
49 Lincoln Heights 3,337 18.3% $80,800
50 Frazeysburg 1,700 6.2% $85,700
51 Orwell 1,583 4.6% $102,400
52 Utica 1,801 12.2% $94,600
53 Roseville 2,262 12.1% $68,300
54 New Paris 1,692 7.7% $74,300
55 Geneva-On-The-Lake 1,320 10.7% $91,400
56 Batavia 1,762 8.4% $120,200
57 New Lebanon 4,243 12.3% $79,900
58 Glouster 1,709 3.5% $58,800
59 Rosemount 1,993 13.5% $87,500
60 Buckeye Lake 2,792 10.2% $100,800
61 Greenwich 1,559 9.8% $88,800
62 Russells Point 1,158 4.8% $88,900
63 Sciotodale 1,057 7.2% $123,500
64 Lucasville 1,484 9.3% $130,700
65 Mcconnelsville 1,910 5.9% $89,100
66 Frankfort 1,308 8.5% $114,700
67 Antwerp 1,412 8.1% $75,000
68 Gallipolis 3,589 4.1% $120,600
69 Montpelier 3,960 9.5% $79,600
70 Paulding 3,465 4.9% $79,200
71 North Randall 1,023 6.9% $87,700
72 South Zanesville 2,253 6.2% $52,100
73 New Vienna 1,214 10.6% $76,600
74 Cadiz 3,196 6.6% $88,700
75 Dennison 2,745 7.8% $77,300
76 Byesville 2,360 11.8% $77,400
77 Mcarthur 1,522 5.9% $105,400
78 Georg 4,637 10.8% $111,800
79 New London 2,458 2.6% $83,700
80 Fayette 1,441 6.4% $71,200
81 Deshler 1,536 7.8% $90,300
82 North Baltimore 3,316 3.9% $90,900
83 Lakemore 3,085 10.6% $89,800
84 Bethel 2,770 5.5% $86,300
85 Skyline Acres 2,522 22.8% $95,800
86 Lowellville 1,142 5.6% $76,500
87 Ansonia 1,344 5.1% $76,400
88 Hebron 2,183 3.9% $103,600
89 South Charleston 1,937 4.7% $96,300
90 The Plains 3,001 5.9% $118,700
91 Brewster 2,159 8.5% $96,200
92 Bridgeport 1,651 6.0% $64,300
93 Park Layne 4,082 8.6% $82,000
94 Edgewood 4,251 6.7% $79,700
95 Sebring 4,263 7.1% $83,100
96 Obetz 4,740 7.7% $117,300
97 Yorkville 1,049 6.2% $79,600
98 Navarre 1,797 8.6% $97,200
99 Pleasantville 1,065 8.7% $106,700
100 Lodi 2,849 5.6% $112,800

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