These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Ohio For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 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.

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.

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.

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Population: 1,716
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $57,800 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.9% (6th worst)
More on Pomeroy:  Data

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Population: 1,804
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $39,900 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (33rd worst)
More on Drexel:  Data

Middleport, OH

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Population: 2,230
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $63,300 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.2% (8th worst)
More on Middleport:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,208
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $50,700 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.6% (4th worst)
More on Salineville:  Data

Union City, OH

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Population: 1,741
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $60,100 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.6% (16th worst)
More on Union City:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,147
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $53,700 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (52nd worst)
More on Chauncey:  Data

Manchester, OH

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Population: 2,084
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $79,600 (56th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (64th worst)
More on Manchester:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,857
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $52,900 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (51st worst)
More on Glouster:  Data

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Population: 1,844
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $83,800 (86th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (28th worst)
More on Peebles:  Data

West Hill, OH

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Population: 1,944
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $42,000 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (110th worst)
More on West Hill:  Data | Photos

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. Four Bridges (Pop. 3,450)
  2. Mariemont (Pop. 3,404)
  3. Chagrin Falls (Pop. 4,081)

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Ohio

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Pomeroy 1,716 19.9% $57,800
2 Drexel 1,804 11.1% $39,900
3 Middleport 2,230 18.2% $63,300
4 Salineville 1,208 22.6% $50,700
5 Union City 1,741 14.6% $60,100
6 Chauncey 1,147 9.5% $53,700
7 Manchester 2,084 9.0% $79,600
8 Glouster 1,857 9.7% $52,900
9 Peebles 1,844 12.0% $83,800
10 West Hill 1,944 7.4% $42,000
11 Windham 1,928 14.9% $83,100
12 West Union 2,997 10.8% $77,600
13 Crooksville 2,614 14.6% $61,200
14 Lisbon 2,709 16.3% $79,200
15 Wellsville 3,406 17.2% $49,800
16 Bellaire 4,170 10.8% $54,000
17 Oak Hill 1,748 12.7% $67,400
18 West Portsmouth 2,895 8.7% $74,100
19 Winchester 1,147 18.3% $101,900
20 Lockland 3,456 9.9% $79,000
21 Wolfhurst 1,247 17.3% $74,300
22 Sawyerwood 1,323 14.8% $63,300
23 Camden 2,026 12.6% $77,200
24 Aberdeen 1,543 7.1% $99,900
25 Piketon 2,009 13.8% $97,000
26 Sardinia 1,337 8.0% $73,500
27 Elmwood Place 1,965 6.7% $56,000
28 Cardington 1,864 8.8% $92,000
29 Greenfield 4,683 16.4% $82,800
30 Lincoln Heights 3,336 21.7% $81,500
31 Glenmoor 2,041 3.6% $81,100
32 Ripley 1,933 8.7% $81,100
33 Leesburg 1,461 6.5% $82,300
34 Stony Prairie 1,392 26.9% $95,100
35 Lakeview 1,189 10.4% $78,700
36 Russells Point 1,149 5.6% $85,400
37 New Boston 2,187 10.3% $57,700
38 New Paris 1,741 8.3% $68,700
39 Newburgh Heights 1,872 12.0% $65,400
40 Leavittsburg 1,488 13.8% $60,100
41 Lucasville 1,443 7.1% $96,600
42 Buckeye Lake 2,762 12.0% $98,900
43 Orwell 1,616 6.1% $97,200
44 Sabina 2,372 10.7% $84,300
45 Dennison 2,663 8.9% $74,200
46 Roseville 2,198 13.9% $69,600
47 Gallipolis 3,473 8.4% $130,200
48 Woodsfield 2,282 6.2% $78,800
49 Utica 1,913 12.0% $90,500
50 Greenwich 1,564 13.0% $86,900
51 Scio 1,123 6.2% $65,200
52 New London 2,547 6.2% $82,000
53 Navarre 1,815 9.9% $93,400
54 New Miami 2,270 9.2% $73,600
55 Williamsport 1,134 7.5% $92,000
56 Mount Orab 4,020 5.8% $123,200
57 Mcconnelsville 1,842 6.9% $84,800
58 Crystal Lakes 1,413 9.3% $76,600
59 Mount Sterling 1,817 8.0% $99,400
60 Coal Grove 1,885 8.3% $83,300
61 New Vienna 1,291 12.4% $76,000
62 Frazeysburg 1,710 6.6% $83,000
63 New Waterford 1,495 8.7% $87,600
64 Sciotodale 1,106 6.3% $109,700
65 Montpelier 3,989 10.4% $76,800
66 West Salem 1,462 8.8% $84,600
67 Mcarthur 1,694 7.4% $94,700
68 Loudonville 2,652 7.2% $91,200
69 Byesville 2,228 13.3% $75,600
70 Lowellville 1,151 7.6% $75,300
71 Blanchester 4,074 5.4% $86,100
72 Jeffersonville 1,235 4.9% $80,400
73 Crestline 4,462 7.4% $67,200
74 Ansonia 1,149 5.1% $78,500
75 Obetz 4,530 10.2% $109,700
76 South Zanesville 2,198 5.9% $56,500
77 Franklin Furnace 1,525 4.2% $82,400
78 Newcomer 3,890 7.4% $73,400
79 Georg 4,791 10.5% $109,200
80 Lodi 2,823 7.0% $101,000
81 Brewster 2,109 9.3% $92,800
82 Pleasantville 1,168 4.9% $94,500
83 Antwerp 1,470 9.2% $76,800
84 South Charleston 1,858 7.8% $100,200
85 Forest 1,675 11.4% $79,000
86 Hebron 2,276 4.1% $100,800
87 Plymouth 1,641 4.6% $79,700
88 De Graff 1,328 8.9% $90,300
89 Clinton 1,287 8.6% $125,600
90 Bridgeport 1,831 6.2% $62,000
91 Skyline Acres 2,383 26.3% $87,900
92 Batavia 1,818 6.4% $119,800
93 West Lafayette 2,363 8.1% $72,900
94 Danville 1,208 8.3% $84,500
95 Newton Falls 4,621 9.2% $96,500
96 Millersburg 3,148 7.2% $98,500
97 Lynchburg 1,361 9.3% $92,500
98 Andover 1,054 4.4% $85,200
99 Killbuck 1,056 7.0% $84,300
100 Edgewood 4,282 7.1% $81,800

16 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Ohio For 2019

  1. We live in Cecil and it’s not that bad a town. Yes it is small, and yes there is close to nothing to do, but that is because it is a farming community. Most towns in Ohio are boring, even the large city of Defiance which is 15min away can be very boring. When it comes to fun you usually need to go to a very large city to find any, it’s obvious you won’t find anything in a little village. To add, no matter where you live you will find bad neighbors and dangerous people, there’s no way of avoiding that. Don’t let this article scare you away.

  2. This article is insulting and inaccurate. For one thing the directions to Macksburg are incorrect. It is not off the first exit before WV. It isn’t even off the second exit. If you are going to post something like this please at least check your facts. Also when reporting the crime rates it would be helpful to give people an idea of how the crime ranks to other towns on an annual basis, i.e. How many murders/year, how many drug busts/year. Most of these have less than one murder a year making them still a very safe place to live. I grew up in Caldwell Ohio and am familiar with several of these small towns and the people who live there. Your article is hurtful to these people because you are mocking their way of life. Please be more considerate of people’s feelings.

    1. I hunted out of Caldwell in Violet township off rt 78.
      I like Caldwell.
      But honey, put on your big girl panties and don’t allow yourself to be offended.
      If your feelings are hurt, you must have gotten a participation trophy in little league soccer and your parents overprotected your tender self esteem.
      Toughen up! Failure teaches you more than living a sheltered unrealistic existence.

  3. None of these villages qualify as a town. How many are even incorporated and collect taxes. This looks like an attempt to just kick the residents of these communities. Is your company too stupid to know the difference between a town and villages or hamlets? And I don’t live in any of the so-called 100 worst places.
    From the English Dictionary definition: a ​place where there are a lot of ​houses, ​stores, and other ​buildings which is ​smaller than a ​city:
    [C] He was ​born in the ​small town of Elnora, Indiana.
    [U] We ​stayed at the ​best ​hotel in town.

  4. I live in rogers and where they get the crime rate surprised me. Are they counting speeding tickets and running the only red light? And by the way, where is a 75000 house? Mine was a lot more than that!

  5. I am a council member and your facts are all wrong I suggest you go to the county information and stay away from Facebook.Our population is larger and as for high school diplomas my family alone will dis credit that fact . our crime rate is lowest in the county and the state . we have had only one arrest in three years .before you spout off nonsense you need to do more research

  6. This is ridiculous. There are lots worse places to live. Let’s start with EVERY place that borders on the Cuyahoga River. When you live on a river that is so polluted it catches on fire every month or so and they have to bring the fireboat to spray foam on it, THAT is a bad place. A guy driving across the bridge flicks a cigarette out the window and it falls on the river and the water goes up in flames, and you think Irondale is a bad place to live? Get serious. But it gets worse. What about inner city Cincinnati and Cleveland, where you’re afraid to go out at night or walk down the street at noon, where if you pull up at a red light, while you’re stuck there waiting for the light to change, four guys emerge from the alley and pull off your hubcaps and disappear back into the darkness, and you think Irondale is a bad place to live?

  7. There are many “towns” that were missed! Several in Van Wert county alone. Converse, Elgin, Schumm, Glenmore, Dull Station, Dixon, Cavett, Convoy, and so on. Many of these with an even smaller population! Maybe wroth taking another look…

  8. I’ve been to many of these quaint towns. Many of these are quiet commuter towns, Ideal for the person who wants to live close to a more populated area but still live in a friendly small town. Best of two worlds. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

  9. It ain’t right to label people as being dumb based only on their level of education. My dad was born into depression era West Virgina, and had to help support the family after completing the third grade. He farmed a lot and found he was better at fixing things. While employed at the county as a mechanic he managed to buy some cheap land, build a house and a garage on it, started a nice orchard and a big garden. My brothers and I ate very well growing up. Dad retired to his own business in the garage he built. So be careful of how you label people.

  10. As a native of ohio, I must say, don’t forget Coshocton. Sadly, Coshocton is one of the worst I’ve been too. I’m honestly surprised it didn’t make this list!

  11. You did give an abbreviated rundown as to how you collected the data in your article. One was that you had never visited any of these towns. Totally statistical driven…Hmmm.

  12. Rogers has one of the best known flea markets in US. They bring tour busses in to shop. While visiting in Florida,(being from Ohio) I was asked if I knew where the flea market was. I did. I live just 12 miles from it. ….

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