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:
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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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Ohio For 2019
Trotwood takes the 1st worst place spot on this list for a number of reasons — below average education, income, unemployment, and student expenditure statistics.
But what gives Trotwood its main thrust toward the top of this shameful list is its crime index — the 71st worst in the whole state.
You can’t blame them for living in New Carlisle since it’s really beautiful, but there are sacrifices you make to live in the boonies. One of them is income.
Not only is the unemployment rate the 35th highest in the state here (10.1%), the residents in New Carlisle earn the smallest household income in the state of Ohio. At a combined income of $39,800, families of four are barely above the poverty line.
In addition, the crime here is really high for a small city in Ohio. New Carlisle has the 6th highest crime rate in the state.
Cleveland is the 19th most dangerous place in the state of Ohio. That’s part of the reason it’s the 3rd worst place in Ohio.
The fact remains, that when you’re within Cleveland city limits, you have a 1 in 20.5 chance of being robbed or having something you own vandalized.Does that sound like a fun place to live?
Did you know Cleveland also has the 4th highest unemployment rate in the state at 16.0%? Or that homes are only valued at $67,600?
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s little demand to live in Cleveland.
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.
Mansfield doesn’t have it much better, in terms of overall economic outlook. The unemployment rate is at 10.6%, and people average less than $34,219 a year in combined household incomes. Homes stand at $77,000, which is very low, and crime in the worst 10% in Ohio.
And again, in terms of the overall ‘enjoyment’ factor, it’s not easy to find fun on a Friday night.
Welcome to Middletown, which might be one of the poorest areas in Ohio. Residents average $39,116 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 24.1% of Middletown residents live below the poverty level.
Homes here go for an average of $93,800 and the unemployment rate hovers near 10.8%.
Nelsonville places 7th in our ranking of the worst places to live in Ohio. Here, 12.1% of the adult population lack’s even a high school degree. That makes Nelsonville have the 70th highest adult drop out rate in Ohio.
Income levels are also near the poverty line, and home prices are around $72,600 each — the 18th lowest in Ohio.
As you can imagine, there’s not a lot of demand to live here.
Out of all the places to live in Ohio, Dayton ranks as the 8th worst — not something to brag about.
Dayton’s unemployment rate stands at 12.9%. While the income levels out here are some of the lowest in the state. Residents earn a combined $30,128 a year in salaries. That’s not enough to really get ahead in life.
Additionally, the homes are the 8th cheapest in the entire state at $66,500. 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 Dayton. Plus, what do you do for fun here anyway?
Crime is the 40th worst in the state. You have a 1 in 23.2 chance of being robbed here and a 1 in 114 chance of being attacked or raped. Yikes.
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.
Logan ranks as the 10th worst city in Ohio. Located in Hocking County, Logan has the 44th lowest income levels in the state of Ohio ($36,604), and some of the lowest number of doctors in the state. Crime is above average, and the unemployment rate is 11.9%.
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.
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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