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 352 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 2019? According to the most recent census data, Pomeroy 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.
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 2019
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 2013-2017 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 – 352 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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $57,800 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.9% (6th worst)
More on Pomeroy: Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $39,900 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (33rd worst)
More on Drexel: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $50,700 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.6% (4th worst)
More on Salineville: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $53,700 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (52nd worst)
More on Chauncey: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $52,900 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (51st worst)
More on Glouster: Data
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $83,800 (86th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (28th worst)
More on Peebles: Data
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:
- Four Bridges (Pop. 3,450)
- Mariemont (Pop. 3,404)
- Chagrin Falls (Pop. 4,081)
For more Ohio reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Ohio
- 10 Safest Places In Ohio
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Ohio
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Ohio
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Ohio