These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Ohio


We used science and data to determine which places in Ohio are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Ohio?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Ohio – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Ohio cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Buckeye State:

  1. East Cleveland (Photos)
  2. Cleveland (Photos)
  3. Manchester (Photos)
  4. Bethel (Photos)
  5. Greenfield
  6. Cincinnati (Photos)
  7. Dayton (Photos)
  8. New Lexington (Photos)
  9. Hillsboro (Photos)
  10. Whitehall (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, The Village Of Indian Hill is the happiest place in Ohio.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Ohio

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Ohio, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Ohio with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 343 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Ohio’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. East Cleveland

East Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,619
People Who Own Their Home: 22.17%
Married Adults: 22.11%

2. Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 392,114
People Who Own Their Home: 34.16%
Married Adults: 25.58%

3. Manchester

Manchester, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,127
People Who Own Their Home: 42.33%
Married Adults: 39.53%

4. Bethel

Bethel, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,734
People Who Own Their Home: 43.28%
Married Adults: 43.4%

5. Greenfield

Greenfield, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,666
People Who Own Their Home: 41.87%
Married Adults: 40.88%

6. Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 297,117
People Who Own Their Home: 31.84%
Married Adults: 27.73%

7. Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 141,776
People Who Own Their Home: 38.09%
Married Adults: 26.92%

8. New Lexington

New Lexington, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,889
People Who Own Their Home: 45.9%
Married Adults: 44.44%

9. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,570
People Who Own Their Home: 47.45%
Married Adults: 44.88%

10. Whitehall

Whitehall, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,383
People Who Own Their Home: 33.43%
Married Adults: 35.56%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Ohio

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
East Cleveland 1 22.17%
Cleveland 2 34.16%
Manchester 3 42.33%
Bethel 4 43.28%
Greenfield 5 41.87%
Cincinnati 6 31.84%
Dayton 7 38.09%
New Lexington 8 45.9%
Hillsboro 9 47.45%
Whitehall 10 33.43%
Trotwood 11 46.24%
Euclid 12 43.14%
East Liverpool 13 42.86%
Youngstown 14 45.44%
Kent 15 32.25%
Bedford Heights 16 43.75%
Lima 17 37.41%
Zanesville 18 38.62%
Hamilton 19 48.69%
Akron 20 45.57%
North College Hill 21 46.44%
Kenton 22 47.41%
Warrensville Heights 23 38.63%
Lorain 24 50.01%
Nelsonville 25 34.81%
Chillicothe 26 49.98%
Canton 27 43.09%
Toledo 28 46.47%
Ashtabula 29 42.04%
Springfield 30 42.93%
Roseville 31 60.13%
Bellaire 32 45.65%
Camden 33 58.47%
Alliance 34 47.65%
Portsmouth 35 43.32%
Middletown 36 47.2%
Maple Heights 37 56.65%
Williamsburg 38 42.16%
Lisbon 39 52.07%
Columbus 40 40.15%
Warren 41 44.42%
Mansfield 42 45.53%
Mount Healthy 43 40.42%
Waverly 44 42.83%
Bowling Green 45 36.44%
Marion 46 49.45%
Lakewood 47 39.46%
Baltimore 48 48.17%
Painesville 49 42.31%
Blacklick Estates 50 59.76%
Circleville 51 49.78%
Wellston 52 56.2%
Cheviot 53 48.78%
Sandusky 54 43.52%
Wilmington 55 38.59%
Norwood 56 40.07%
Uhrichsville 57 48.55%
Lodi 58 54.11%
Urbana 59 49.11%
Hebron 60 50.0%
Athens 61 24.09%
Steubenville 62 44.66%
Utica 63 56.92%
Conneaut 64 55.84%
New Carlisle 65 55.91%
Forest Park 66 52.53%
Fairborn 67 44.01%
Campbell 68 56.95%
Sebring 69 44.59%
Fremont 70 52.61%
Newark 71 49.23%
Fostoria 72 60.79%
Lancaster 73 49.92%
Bellefontaine 74 49.14%
Ada 75 40.04%
Logan 76 54.51%
Ravenna 77 44.92%
Greenville 78 48.79%
Springdale 79 49.33%
Mount Vernon 80 46.17%
Xenia 81 56.45%
Barberton 82 57.25%
Washington Court House 83 46.3%
New London 84 54.42%
Hicksville 85 55.81%
Lincoln Village 86 55.27%
Galion 87 49.45%
Elyria 88 55.14%
Garfield Heights 89 60.97%
Cambridge 90 48.97%
Bucyrus 91 53.33%
Pleasant Grove 92 46.97%
Struthers 93 60.9%
West Lafayette 94 63.75%
Willard 95 44.91%
Park Layne 96 59.28%
Marietta 97 50.43%
Northfield 98 56.71%
Northbrook 99 61.93%
Niles 100 54.11%
New Richmond 101 52.88%
London 102 47.35%
Batavia 103 58.37%
Eaton 104 52.34%
Burlington 105 59.1%
Parma Heights 106 52.7%
West Carrollton 107 51.92%
Piqua 108 54.98%
Rosemount 109 64.66%
Riverside 110 49.14%
Cleveland Heights 111 50.16%
Bedford 112 43.42%
Salem 113 57.51%
Covington 114 55.57%
Oberlin 115 54.77%
Milford 116 45.64%
Amelia 117 56.67%
Ironton 118 53.04%
Tiffin 119 51.54%
Ashland 120 54.38%
Massillon 121 57.58%
Port Clinton 122 57.1%
Martins Ferry 123 55.13%
Reading 124 56.49%
Jefferson 125 63.75%
Richmond Heights 126 56.05%
Girard 127 56.97%
Oxford 128 25.9%
Montpelier 129 52.48%
New Burlington 130 61.59%
Silverton 131 51.79%
Franklin 132 51.61%
Moraine 133 51.93%
Findlay 134 56.39%
Jackson 135 57.5%
Belpre 136 56.81%
Wheelersburg 137 63.23%
Mentor-On-The-Lake 138 59.04%
Perry Heights 139 65.91%
Portage Lakes 140 56.6%
Bryan 141 54.65%
Van Wert 142 56.99%
Delta 143 74.31%
Brooklyn 144 55.48%
Coshocton 145 54.63%
Fairfield 146 57.69%
Canal Fulton 147 62.2%
Geneva 148 67.93%
Vermilion 149 63.4%
Chardon 150 50.79%
Edgewood 151 62.79%
Barnesville 152 56.82%
Lebanon 153 56.21%
Groesbeck 154 67.19%
Mount Carmel 155 50.39%
Withamsville 156 52.9%
Madison 157 76.72%
Grafton 158 79.02%
Reynoldsburg 159 56.26%
Wellington 160 53.2%
North Madison 161 64.97%
Parma 162 68.65%
Defiance 163 59.06%
Sheffield Lake 164 65.55%
Napoleon 165 63.2%
Sidney 166 53.82%
Shelby 167 52.1%
South Euclid 168 73.33%
Cuyahoga Falls 169 56.95%
Crestline 170 58.41%
Navarre 171 60.36%
Creston 172 70.34%
Delaware 173 59.12%
Austintown 174 59.34%
Upper Sandusky 175 53.95%
Carrollton 176 51.26%
Willoughby Hills 177 44.01%
Celina 178 58.71%
Sharonville 179 57.93%
Huber Heights 180 66.81%
Wooster 181 51.58%
New Philadelphia 182 55.86%
Carlisle 183 65.83%
Berea 184 64.09%
Wauseon 185 62.37%
Trenton 186 66.78%
Rittman 187 66.41%
Mayfield Heights 188 47.63%
Norwalk 189 58.39%
Summerside 190 73.2%
University Heights 191 57.3%
Northgate 192 73.71%
Kettering 193 56.91%
Lagrange 194 71.87%
Finneytown 195 69.19%
Medina 196 59.83%
Fairview Park 197 69.84%
Englewood 198 63.69%
Eastlake 199 68.95%
Churchill 200 67.3%
Streetsboro 201 61.53%
Germantown 202 63.76%
White Oak 203 64.22%
Troy 204 55.76%
Willoughby 205 54.06%
Delphos 206 62.73%
Vandalia 207 59.24%
Waynesville 208 57.56%
Brook Park 209 75.66%
Wapakoneta 210 59.84%
Huron 211 60.09%
Shaker Heights 212 55.8%
Heath 213 61.49%
Clayton 214 79.29%
North Ridgeville 215 80.96%
Bellevue 216 59.08%
Brunswick 217 70.79%
Orrville 218 58.37%
Dover 219 69.78%
Marysville 220 57.55%
Oak Harbor 221 59.17%
Pataskala 222 71.75%
Miamisburg 223 66.76%
Boardman 224 59.2%
Harrison 225 68.08%
Forestville 226 69.14%
Broadview Heights 227 77.78%
North Olmsted 228 70.81%
Deer Park 229 63.35%
Pickerington 230 68.42%
Louisville 231 59.82%
Uniontown 232 82.69%
Northwood 233 78.5%
Fairlawn 234 65.08%
Willowick 235 75.55%
Rocky River 236 66.19%
Strasburg 237 62.18%
Middleburg Heights 238 68.58%
North Royalton 239 68.73%
Granville 240 67.7%
Monroe 241 71.55%
Brookville 242 63.05%
Stow 243 66.46%
Versailles 244 64.68%
North Canton 245 63.21%
Wadsworth 246 63.07%
Cadiz 247 58.35%
Hubbard 248 69.22%
Maumee 249 66.09%
Covedale 250 86.72%
Oregon 251 66.81%
Genoa 252 70.75%
Edgerton 253 73.81%
Olmsted Falls 254 77.15%
Ontario 255 64.36%
Plain City 256 62.17%
Ottawa 257 60.97%
Clyde 258 63.07%
Kenwood 259 57.18%
Green 260 70.94%
Aurora 261 74.9%
Rossford 262 67.61%
Wickliffe 263 76.79%
Apple Valley 264 66.82%
Bridgetown 265 80.98%
Lexington 266 65.39%
Strongsville 267 76.77%
Grove City 268 64.48%
Mayfield 269 70.3%
Sunbury 270 70.14%
New Franklin 271 81.15%
Seven Hills 272 90.12%
Loveland 273 71.3%
Tallmadge 274 73.22%
Champion Heights 275 72.73%
Centerville 276 66.5%
Tipp City 277 60.53%
Bluffton 278 62.38%
Canfield 279 68.5%
Cortland 280 69.14%
Sylvania 281 65.91%
Westlake 282 68.52%
Union 283 76.7%
Norton 284 79.82%
Blue Ash 285 64.14%
Mentor 286 79.98%
Avon 287 76.99%
Amherst 288 80.3%
Perrysburg 289 65.92%
Twinsburg 290 71.96%
Landen 291 66.73%
Gahanna 292 70.87%
Bexley 293 68.93%
Hudson 294 83.83%
Solon 295 80.78%
Hilliard 296 74.72%
Bainbridge 297 92.91%
Grandview Heights 298 57.63%
Beachwood 299 56.82%
Kirtland 300 79.85%
Avon Lake 301 75.14%
Delhi Hills 302 86.19%
Groveport 303 69.27%
Munroe Falls 304 72.61%
Beckett Ridge 305 73.98%
Lyndhurst 306 74.88%
Westerville 307 72.46%
Mason 308 78.25%
Waterville 309 75.76%
Richfield 310 87.79%
Mack 311 95.68%
Brecksville 312 78.04%
Howland Center 313 70.66%
Dent 314 74.87%
Northridge 315 77.09%
Columbiana 316 59.97%
Macedonia 317 88.82%
Springboro 318 80.46%
Beavercreek 319 67.95%
Canal Winchester 320 81.43%
Glendale 321 81.61%
Dry Run 322 97.0%
Bay Village 323 87.84%
Pepper Pike 324 87.25%
Sherwood 325 90.64%
Bellbrook 326 81.57%
Independence 327 90.89%
Montgomery 328 83.0%
Coldwater 329 72.82%
Monfort Heights 330 78.98%
Dunlap 331 81.14%
Powell 332 88.92%
Worthington 333 77.18%
Madeira 334 85.03%
Wyoming 335 74.98%
Dublin 336 76.09%
Upper Arlington 337 78.12%
Highland Heights 338 90.44%
Sugarcreek 339 78.15%
New Albany 340 87.17%
Silver Lake 341 87.84%
Orange 342 85.69%
The Village Of Indian Hill 343 87.78%

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