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:
- Maplewood Park
- Rocky Fork Point
- Highland Hills
- New Straitsville
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 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.
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
Population: 358 Median Income: $30,313
Median Home Value: $54,300
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
Population: 951 Median Income: $24,375
Median Home Value: $65,200
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
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.
- Best: Riverlea
- 2nd Best: Concorde Hills
- 3rd Best: Marble Cliff
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