These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Ohio For 2018


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

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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 455 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:

  1. Shawnee
  2. Maplewood Park
  3. Rocky Fork Point
  4. Corning
  5. Lockbourne
  6. Highland Hills
  7. Hamden
  8. Trimble
  9. New Straitsville
  10. Irondale

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.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 455 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.

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1. Shawnee


Population: 541
Median Income: $27,303
Median Home Value: $46,300

2. Maplewood Park


Population: 334
Median Income: $24,141
Median Home Value: $29,100

3. Rocky Fork Point


Population: 665
Median Income: $22,109
Median Home Value: $54,600

4. Corning


Population: 358
Median Income: $30,313
Median Home Value: $54,300

5. Lockbourne


Population: 181
Median Income: $38,929
Median Home Value: $95,000

6. Highland Hills


Population: 967
Median Income: $23,984
Median Home Value: $76,200

7. Hamden


Population: 951
Median Income: $24,375
Median Home Value: $65,200

8. Trimble


Population: 523
Median Income: $25,375
Median Home Value: $46,300

9. New Straitsville


Population: 842
Median Income: $23,929
Median Home Value: $66,100

10. Irondale


Population: 322
Median Income: $38,750
Median Home Value: $43,500

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. Best: Riverlea
  2. 2nd Best: Concorde Hills
  3. 3rd Best: Marble Cliff

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Ohio
  • These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Ohio
  • These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Ohio
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Ohio

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Shawnee 1 541 $46,300
    Maplewood Park 2 334 $29,100
    Rocky Fork Point 3 665 $54,600
    Corning 4 358 $54,300
    Lockbourne 5 181 $95,000
    Highland Hills 6 967 $76,200
    Hamden 7 951 $65,200
    Trimble 8 523 $46,300
    New Straitsville 9 842 $66,100
    Irondale 10 322 $43,500
    Hessville 11 321 $70,800
    Highland Holiday 12 470 $33,500
    Mowry 13 299 $74,000
    Higginsport 14 279 $80,900
    Crown City 15 391 $79,400
    Rutland 16 433 $77,900
    Athalia 17 267 $95,000
    Bainbridge 18 729 $84,200
    Cecil 19 179 $51,600
    Summerfield 20 232 $56,500
    Glencoe 21 137 $43,400
    Coalton 22 570 $50,000
    Somerville 23 259 $63,900
    Hoytville 24 330 $56,300
    Pleasant Plain 25 117 $76,300
    Tiro 26 197 $68,800
    Clarksburg 27 497 $64,300
    Vinton 28 239 $70,700
    West Millgrove 29 123 $71,300
    South Solon 30 311 $65,000
    Clarktown 31 656 $81,100
    Amsterdam 32 440 $50,400
    Haviland 33 225 $78,800
    Carbon Hill 34 350 $71,200
    Chippewa Park 35 708 $66,400
    Urbancrest 36 894 $76,500
    Quincy 37 579 $63,800
    Mcguffey 38 483 $61,100
    Sherrodsville 39 281 $61,100
    West Elkton 40 240 $67,800
    Chesterhill 41 398 $53,800
    Alger 42 947 $52,200
    Buffalo 43 335 $55,800
    Bladensburg 44 111 $84,500
    Roswell 45 235 $71,300
    Cumberland 46 409 $62,000
    Highland 47 286 $66,800
    Linndale 48 125 $54,000
    Seaman 49 935 $92,700
    Pleasant City 50 478 $71,300
    Junction City 51 913 $68,100
    Buford 52 251 $57,600
    New Holland 53 725 $80,200
    Freeport 54 396 $70,000
    Midland 55 352 $81,700
    La Rue 56 718 $72,700
    New Alexandria 57 252 $62,300
    Beaver 58 378 $107,800
    Hemlock 59 211 $77,500
    Darbyville 60 191 $95,000
    South Salem 61 252 $65,000
    Kunkle 62 200 $81,300
    Fel 63 983 $86,000
    Sandyville 64 298 $74,000
    Austinburg 65 459 $156,600
    Quaker City 66 332 $73,200
    Stockport 67 549 $79,500
    Melrose 68 151 $71,700
    Lafferty 69 348 $68,600
    Belmore 70 120 $19,300
    Broughton 71 108 $52,000
    Coolville 72 610 $78,800
    Washingtonville 73 864 $75,700
    Jerusalem 74 145 $75,000
    Holloway 75 315 $53,100
    New Haven Cdp (Huron County) 76 282 $85,800
    College Corner 77 401 $80,500
    Martinsville 78 425 $76,000
    Perrysville 79 864 $76,000
    Nashville 80 200 $73,800
    Lore City 81 289 $69,000
    Rio Grande 82 881 $145,800
    East Fultonham 83 330 $125,600
    Clarington 84 409 $83,300
    Empire 85 242 $63,300
    Gettysburg 86 613 $76,300
    Dunkirk 87 818 $65,000
    Port William 88 283 $65,000
    Laurelville 89 523 $80,900
    Mifflin 90 121 $66,400
    West Farmington 91 517 $98,800
    Maple Ridge 92 889 $83,300
    Rogers 93 232 $69,200
    Addyston 94 983 $85,700
    Scio 95 981 $63,100
    Stony Ridge 96 342 $117,700
    Bowerston 97 422 $67,500
    Tuppers Plains 98 624 $107,800
    Stafford 99 101 $44,400
    North Randall 100 998 $82,000

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    16 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Ohio For 2018

    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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