The 10 Dumbest Places In Ohio For 2023

The dumbest places in Ohio are Ashtabula and Uhrichsville for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is that some places in the Buckeye State have a larger percent of their population that never graduated from high school.

While the emphasis on going to college might be overblown, the fact is that not graduating from high school puts you at a significant disadvantage on average. Educational attainment might not be the best way to measure one person’s intelligence, but it does shine a light on the state.

We will use Saturday Night Science to determine what places in Ohio have the highest percentage of adults without a high school degree.

A recent study we published found that Ohio is actually the 24th smartest state in the United States, with an average IQ of 100.

But that doesn’t mean that a few cities in Ohio are a bit slower than others due to a lack of basic education.

After crunching the numbers, we ranked the ten dumbest cities in the Buckeye State.

Don’t freak out.

Some places are just smarter than others, but that says nothing about the character of the people living there. It’s another data point a real estate agent would never tell you.

For this ranking, we only looked at cities with populations greater than 5,000, leaving us 250 cities in Ohio to rank. You can take a look at the data below.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Dumbest Places In Ohio For 2023

Ashtabula, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 18,091
% Adult High School Dropout: 18.0%
% Highly Educated: 12.0%
More on Ashtabula:  Cost Of Living

Uhrichsville, OH

Source: Wikipedia User Roseohioresident | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 5,275
% Adult High School Dropout: 16.0%
% Highly Educated: 10.0%
More on Uhrichsville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lorain, OH

Source: Wikipedia User Rona Proudfoot | CC BY-SA 2.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 65,051
% Adult High School Dropout: 17.0%
% Highly Educated: 12.0%
More on Lorain:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lima, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 36,352
% Adult High School Dropout: 15.0%
% Highly Educated: 9.0%
More on Lima:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Grafton, OH

Source: Wikipedia User TnrSmith | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,257
% Adult High School Dropout: 16.0%
% Highly Educated: 12.0%
More on Grafton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wellston, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 5,408
% Adult High School Dropout: 15.0%
% Highly Educated: 11.0%
More on Wellston:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Zanesville, OH

Source: Wikipedia User Darth Mike (Mike Wutzler) | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 24,809
% Adult High School Dropout: 15.0%
% Highly Educated: 11.0%
More on Zanesville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

East Cleveland, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 14,212
% Adult High School Dropout: 17.0%
% Highly Educated: 14.0%
More on East Cleveland:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

East Liverpool, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 10,051
% Adult High School Dropout: 13.0%
% Highly Educated: 7.0%
More on East Liverpool:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Whitehall, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 20,004
% Adult High School Dropout: 16.0%
% Highly Educated: 14.0%
More on Whitehall:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Methodology: How we determined the dumbest cities in the Buckeye State

We realize that formal education is only part of it when it comes to being intelligent, but on the other hand, knowing the difference between they’re, their, and there is always going to make you look pretty stupid.

So, we narrowed down our criteria to focus on a city’s educational opportunities and what percentage of the population takes advantage of those opportunities.

In short, we came up with these criteria to determine the dumbest cities in Ohio:

  • % of the city’s population with less than a high school education (Age 25+)
  • % of city’s population with a college degree (Age 25+)

We got the data from the U.S. Census 2017-2021 American Community Survey.

Then, our algorithm generates a rank for each place in these categories. After crunching all the numbers, a ranking of the cities in Ohio from dumbest to brightest.

For this ranking, we used every Ohio city with at least 5,000 residents. We updated this article for 2023, and it’s our tenth time ranking the dumbest cities in Ohio.

There You Have It – Now That You’re Asleep

If you’re measuring the locations in Ohio where there are a high number of dropouts and adults who never received a formal education, this is an accurate ranking.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the smartest places in Ohio, according to science:

  1. Pepper Pike
  2. Granville
  3. Powell

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Dumbest Cities In Ohio For 2023

Rank City Population
1 Ashtabula, OH 18,091
2 Uhrichsville, OH 5,275
3 Lorain, OH 65,051
4 Lima, OH 36,352
5 Grafton, OH 6,257
6 Wellston, OH 5,408
7 Zanesville, OH 24,809
8 East Cleveland, OH 14,212
9 East Liverpool, OH 10,051
10 Whitehall, OH 20,004
11 Mansfield, OH 47,437
12 Youngstown, OH 61,274
13 Franklin, OH 11,650
14 Bucyrus, OH 11,690
15 Hillsboro, OH 6,471
16 Conneaut, OH 12,276
17 Cambridge, OH 10,116
18 Warren, OH 39,334
19 Carlisle, OH 5,436
20 Campbell, OH 7,831
21 Marion, OH 36,053
22 New Carlisle, OH 5,561
23 Portsmouth, OH 18,369
24 Canton, OH 71,097
25 Washington Court House, OH 14,440
26 Elyria, OH 52,853
27 Circleville, OH 13,933
28 Galion, OH 10,402
29 Moraine, OH 6,413
30 Sidney, OH 20,559
31 Maple Heights, OH 23,511
32 Cleveland, OH 374,861
33 Springfield, OH 58,992
34 Brook Park, OH 18,592
35 Barberton, OH 25,309
36 Painesville, OH 20,311
37 Ravenna, OH 11,369
38 Sandusky, OH 25,066
39 Middletown, OH 50,114
40 Dayton, OH 138,416
41 Martins Ferry, OH 6,370
42 Shelby, OH 8,294
43 Salem, OH 11,920
44 Kenton, OH 8,032
45 Hamilton, OH 63,127
46 Piqua, OH 20,352
47 Bedford Heights, OH 10,942
48 Garfield Heights, OH 29,585
49 Bellefontaine, OH 13,792
50 Massillon, OH 32,199
51 Jackson, OH 6,225
52 Logan, OH 7,010
53 St. Marys, OH 8,311
54 Coshocton, OH 11,051
55 London, OH 10,362
56 Obetz, OH 5,351
57 Clyde, OH 6,322
58 Urbana, OH 11,166
59 Willard, OH 6,204
60 Trotwood, OH 23,157
61 Xenia, OH 25,411
62 Girard, OH 9,571
63 Fostoria, OH 12,785
64 Van Wert, OH 10,793
65 Norwalk, OH 17,048
66 Rittman, OH 6,153
67 Alliance, OH 21,864
68 Toledo, OH 271,454
69 Port Clinton, OH 6,055
70 Mount Healthy, OH 6,976
71 Fremont, OH 15,954
72 Brooklyn, OH 11,291
73 Riverside, OH 24,472
74 Akron, OH 191,483
75 Bellevue, OH 8,201
76 Belpre, OH 6,676
77 Niles, OH 18,319
78 Geneva, OH 5,948
79 Struthers, OH 10,058
80 West Carrollton, OH 13,051
81 Warrensville Heights, OH 13,694
82 Ironton, OH 10,647
83 Wilmington, OH 12,523
84 Euclid, OH 49,382
85 Trenton, OH 12,973
86 Sheffield Lake, OH 8,985
87 Bryan, OH 8,668
88 Mount Vernon, OH 16,885
89 Parma, OH 80,880
90 North College Hill, OH 9,605
91 New Philadelphia, OH 17,622
92 Lancaster, OH 40,360
93 Greenville, OH 12,785
94 Reading, OH 10,525
95 Celina, OH 10,890
96 Defiance, OH 17,155
97 Wapakoneta, OH 9,921
98 Eastlake, OH 17,743
99 Orrville, OH 8,369
100 Norwood, OH 18,983
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

4 thoughts on “The 10 Dumbest Places In Ohio For 2023

  1. While I appreciate that you made your criteria transparent, I will have to say that you did not isolate your variables. Using graduation rates and bar to library ratio says that you did not consider income or city tax income as a factor. It takes money to operate a library, and to build one. Also, bars are for profit, libraries are nonprofit. The data is incongruent with an actual scientific test, and has nothing to do with intelligence. I would say that this is probably a troll link, meant to draw people in who may be offended, and I probably should not have taken the bait. Anyway, this means nothing. Greetings from someone who grew up outside of Marion, OH. Also, all of these areas are economically depressed…if I didn’t stress that before.

  2. Explain to me how men = dumb. That’s the most sexist, misandrist drivel I’ve ever read. You should be ashamed of yourself, and this website needs to fire this sexist idiot.

  3. Niles is 5 mins. From Youngstown, Ohio and isn’t way out by the Pa. Line. We all can get to PA in 15 mins.

  4. Something else to be considered. Many of the cities on this list have state correctional facilities either within the city limits or very nearby. That will skew the data also. The survey was setup/fixed to make the cities/state look awful. People who do surveys like this are only looking for clicks for their advertisers. It is all about the revenue for their pockets.

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