These Are The 10 Cheapest Yet Greatest Places To Live In Ohio

We used data and science to determine which places in Ohio go easy on your wallet.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in Ohio definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Ohio where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Buckeye State for you job, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 285 largest places in Ohio, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Youngstown
  2. Warren
  3. Campbell
  4. Struthers
  5. Girard
  6. Salem
  7. Niles
  8. Conneaut
  9. Austintown
  10. Greenville

Read on to see how we crunched the numbers in detail because we know you work so hard for it honey and we don’t want it to go to waste.

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How we determined the most affordable places to live in the Buckeye State

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Heat map of home prices in Ohio. Darker is more expensive.

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Ohio to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States. And lucky for us, Sperling’s Best Places has such an index for us.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 285 places in Ohio that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Youngstown

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,093

2. Warren

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,569

3. Campbell

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,252

4. Struthers

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,711

5. Girard

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,940

6. Salem

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,311

7. Niles

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,274

8. Conneaut

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,824

9. Austintown

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,806

10. Greenville

Most Affordable Places In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,185

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