The last time we talked about the state of Ohio, it was a happier time. We went over all of the Buckeye State’s charms. We talked about the grittiness of the folks in the bigger cities and the warm, friendly people in Ohio’s smaller towns.
But today, we’re going in the opposite direction. Because, like in any other state in America, there are bad places just like there are good places. And today, we’re going to address the worst of Ohio’s cities and towns.
So, Who Dey?
After analyzing all 251 cities with a population over 5,000, we came up with this list as the 10 worst places in Ohio:
- Trotwood (Photos)
- New Carlisle (Photos)
- Cleveland (Photos)
- Wellston (Photos)
- Mansfield (Photos)
- Middletown (Photos)
- Nelsonville (Photos)
- Dayton (Photos)
- Conneaut (Photos)
- Logan (Photos)
What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.
We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.
However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Ohio? That would be Trotwood.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.
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How we determined the worst places to live in Ohio for 2019
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.
We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:
- Good education
- Lots of jobs
- Low crime
- Low poverty
- Nice homes
- High incomes
- High population density (Lots of things to do)
- Short work commutes
- Health insurance
We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.
Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 251 cities.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 251 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Ohio — Trotwood. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Ohio.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
When you’re looking at science and data, Trotwood is the worst place you can live in Ohio. Let’s see why.
The unemployment rate here is 12.9%. The schools are underfunded, and property values are well below the state average. A home costs $73,200, which is a sure sign of lack of demand.
You have a 1 in 27.3 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime here every year. That’s not fun, either.
Trotwood is a far drive south from Louisville.
Out of all the places to live in Ohio, New Carlisle ranks as the 2nd worst — not something to brag about.
New Carlisle’s unemployment rate stands at 10.1%. While the income levels out here are some of the lowest in the state. Residents earn a combined $39,800 a year in salaries. That’s not enough to really get ahead in life.
Additionally, the homes are the 59th cheapest in the entire state at $92,400. Again, some people like the cheap cost of living, but housing is priced on demand, and the fact is, there’s not a lot of demand to live way out in New Carlisle. Plus, what do you do for fun here anyway?
Crime is the 6th worst in the state. You have a 1 in 14.8 chance of being robbed here and a 1 in 160 chance of being attacked or raped. Yikes.
Cleveland is the 3rd worst city in Ohio for 2019. When you’re comparing other cities to Cleveland, things just don’t look great, at least according to science.
Cleveland is the 19th most dangerous place in Ohio, according to FBI statistics. And the residents here have a hard time keeping a job — at least in comparison to the rest of the state. The unemployment rate is 16.0%, worse than the state average.
Home values are really low ($67,600), and residents earn just $27,854 a year.
Wellston is the smallest city to make the top of this list. It’s right next door to Jackson, and it has some of the same issues with ‘things to do’ as Jackson does.
It’s just generally lousy in Wellston. It doesn’t really stand out as being really bad in any category outside of the fact that its residents earn low salaries ($38,293). The schools and the crime are far below average, but not horrible.
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Ohio, Mansfield came in 5th. Let’s see why.
When you’re comparing the unemployment rate to the rest of the nation, Ohio residents are very hard workers. But when comparing the unemployment rate among cities in Ohio, you can see some really big differences. In Mansfield, the number of people out of work is 10.6%
In Ohio, that’s the 28th highest in the state.
The residents in Mansfield have the 25th lowest incomes in the state. Folks in Mansfield average $34,219 a year. Which isn’t too shabby in comparison to the other ‘lowest’ income cities in most other states.
Additionally, the homes are valued at $77,000 on average. That’s the 23rd lowest in the state.
According to science, Middletown is the 6th worst place you can live in Ohio.
Let’s see why. Middletown has the 11th-highest crime rate in the state, surprisingly. In terms of number of crimes per person, Middletown is certainly up there.
Factor in a very low housing cost ($93,800), and the 24th-highest unemployment rate in the state (10.8%), and across the board, Middletown doesn’t sound like the best of the best.
Plus, there’s simply not a lot to do here (unless you count having a Walmart and a Piggly Wiggly as fun). We’re aware that people enjoy outdoor activities, but in terms of pure entertainment, you’d have to drive a ways away.
There are some bad places to live and some really, really bad places to live. According to the data, Nelsonville is one of the worst places you can live in Ohio. And quite possibly, one of the worst places you can live in, period. Let’s see why.
We’re not economists, but when you have a 13.4% unemployment rate for a city of 5,005 people, that’s a sign that things aren’t just bad. They are downright depressing.
You might have passed through Dayton once and probably throught it seems to be a relatively quiet, clean place.
Here’s what science says about why Dayton needs some love: The unemployment rate is nearly 12.9%, residents earn about $30,128 a year, and home prices are just over $66,500. Across the board, those are in the bottom half in the state. Not absolutely horrible, but not desirable, either.
And there simply isn’t anything to do in Dayton.
Conneaut, a smallish place right on the banks of Lake Erie, would be considered by most a less than desirable place to live. Besides the fact that it’s very sparsely populated, residents have a hard time earning a decent living. And, you get the brunt of the lake’s storms for 6 months a year.
you’re looking to live in Ohio, Logan might not be the best choice as it places 10th in our ranking of the worst places to live for 2019.
Logan doesn’t have the worst crime in the state, but it’s sure up there. And when you factor in one of the lowest household incomes in the state and a sky high unemployment rate, Logan may not be your first choice for a vacation.
Wrapping Up The Worst In Ohio
If you’re looking at areas in Ohio with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
And in the end, Trotwood ranks as the worst city to live in Ohio for 2019.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Ohio:
- Bellbrook (Pop. 7,103)
- Upper Arlington (Pop. 34,943)
- Wyoming (Pop. 8,476)
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Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Ohio
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