These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Ohio

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Ohio. And here they are:

  1. Powell
  2. Dublin
  3. Worthington
  4. Highland Heights
  5. Oakwood
  6. New Albany
  7. Bay Village
  8. Wyoming
  9. Canal Winchester
  10. Waterville

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Ohio

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Powell

Powell, Ohio

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Population: 12,012Median Income: $136,250
Poverty Level: 0.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

2. Dublin

Dublin, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,378Median Income: $117,860
Poverty Level: 1.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

3. Worthington

Worthington, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,727Median Income: $87,842
Poverty Level: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

4. Highland Heights

Highland Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,324Median Income: $102,338
Poverty Level: 2.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

5. Oakwood

Oakwood, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,150Median Income: $100,724
Poverty Level: 4.2%
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%

6. New Albany

New Albany, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,169Median Income: $179,405
Poverty Level: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

7. Bay Village

Bay Village, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,508Median Income: $87,942
Poverty Level: 3.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

8. Wyoming

Wyoming, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,404Median Income: $108,346
Poverty Level: 4.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

9. Canal Winchester

Canal Winchester, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,334Median Income: $75,167
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

10. Waterville

Waterville, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,499Median Income: $71,413
Poverty Level: 3.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Powell and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Ohio

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Powell $136,250 0.8% 4.1%
2 Dublin $117,860 1.9% 4.1%
3 Worthington $87,842 2.7% 3.4%
4 Highland Heights $102,338 2.8% 4.7%
5 Oakwood $100,724 4.2% 1.9%
6 New Albany $179,405 2.1% 5.2%
7 Bay Village $87,942 3.2% 4.2%
8 Wyoming $108,346 4.6% 3.3%
9 Canal Winchester $75,167 2.3% 3.8%
10 Waterville $71,413 3.1% 3.2%
11 Brecksville $93,409 2.7% 5.3%
12 Grandview Heights $82,007 4.4% 3.4%
13 Pepper Pike $131,976 4.8% 4.4%
14 The Village of Indian Hill $209,250 2.3% 5.8%
15 Montgomery $101,675 3.3% 5.3%
16 Upper Arlington $100,736 4.6% 4.5%
17 Beachwood $83,125 4.8% 3.4%
18 Avon Lake $81,840 4.1% 4.3%
19 Kirtland $81,825 3.7% 4.4%
20 Madeira $86,612 4.9% 3.9%
21 Hudson $123,324 3.3% 5.6%
22 Solon $94,925 2.9% 6.0%
23 Twinsburg $69,778 3.3% 4.6%
24 Mason $83,466 3.0% 5.7%
25 Hilliard $88,203 5.0% 5.6%
26 Loveland $73,225 6.9% 2.1%
27 Westlake $76,250 4.1% 5.6%
28 St. Clairsville $54,295 3.5% 2.8%
29 Westerville $81,763 7.1% 4.4%
30 Beavercreek $79,243 6.0% 5.1%
31 Olmsted Falls $70,198 4.0% 5.6%
32 Springboro $93,292 4.1% 6.5%
33 Macedonia $80,825 1.4% 7.1%
34 Gahanna $73,583 5.2% 5.5%
35 Lyndhurst $66,352 5.6% 4.8%
36 Strongsville $77,849 4.2% 6.4%
37 Independence $75,724 3.2% 6.7%
38 Broadview Heights $79,213 5.9% 5.6%
39 Monroe $69,313 5.4% 5.5%
40 Avon $78,839 5.1% 6.1%
41 Bellbrook $74,798 4.6% 6.3%
42 Rocky River $63,889 5.5% 5.2%
43 Granville $101,814 9.6% 4.9%
44 Aurora $80,831 4.0% 6.9%
45 Munroe Falls $63,085 1.5% 6.6%
46 North Royalton $69,126 5.2% 5.8%
47 Pickerington $82,247 3.6% 7.5%
48 Bexley $93,893 10.4% 4.7%
49 Mentor $67,983 6.4% 5.5%
50 Fairlawn $62,113 3.9% 6.5%
51 Grove City $66,964 8.0% 4.7%
52 Shaker Heights $75,177 8.5% 5.4%
53 Groveport $58,082 6.6% 5.0%
54 Stow $64,073 6.2% 6.2%
55 Perrysburg $74,271 7.3% 6.4%
56 Sylvania $69,051 7.5% 5.9%
57 Lexington $53,716 8.3% 2.8%
58 Seven Hills $67,786 3.6% 7.8%
59 Cortland $60,242 6.5% 6.0%
60 Pataskala $67,880 9.5% 5.2%
61 Columbiana $46,324 6.5% 1.9%
62 Blue Ash $65,991 6.0% 6.9%
63 Louisville $47,061 6.3% 3.8%
64 Norton $62,161 4.7% 7.1%
65 Union $52,526 3.3% 6.6%
66 Canfield $64,539 7.7% 6.2%
67 New Franklin $65,052 4.1% 8.1%
68 Centerville $59,917 6.1% 6.5%
69 Brunswick $62,417 7.7% 6.2%
70 Willoughby Hills $56,402 6.0% 6.4%
71 Delaware $54,683 9.7% 4.3%
72 Amherst $64,731 5.3% 7.7%
73 Tipp City $61,975 5.5% 7.2%
74 Green $61,665 7.9% 6.5%
75 Harrison $60,529 7.1% 6.9%
76 Chardon $54,661 9.8% 5.1%
77 North Olmsted $60,136 5.4% 8.1%
78 Wadsworth $58,007 8.6% 6.2%
79 Willoughby $51,864 5.7% 6.5%
80 Maumee $56,016 9.4% 6.0%
81 Middleburg Heights $59,361 6.6% 7.5%
82 John $60,615 4.8% 9.1%
83 North Ridgeville $66,746 6.5% 9.0%
84 Medina $53,425 10.8% 5.4%
85 Deer Park $50,015 7.1% 6.5%
86 University Heights $67,971 13.1% 6.6%
87 Streetsboro $59,631 8.7% 7.1%
88 Reynoldsburg $60,183 9.3% 7.0%
89 Marysville $54,561 10.0% 6.2%
90 Sheffield Lake $48,142 9.0% 5.7%
91 Tallmadge $54,200 9.9% 6.7%
92 Mayfield Heights $44,828 6.0% 7.3%
93 North Canton $52,530 9.5% 6.8%
94 Berea $54,534 7.4% 8.9%
95 Clayton $66,427 7.9% 10.1%
96 Fairview Park $53,425 8.9% 7.6%
97 Grafton $55,273 7.0% 9.3%
98 Fairfield $55,803 8.3% 8.9%
99 Rossford $56,339 9.1% 8.4%
100 Miamisburg $52,171 10.1% 6.9%

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