These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Ohio

We used data and science to determine the brainiacs around Ohio.

John McLeanby John McLeanRankings - 2 years ago

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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Ohio that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 255 largest cities in Ohio with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Buckeye State:

  1. Granville
  2. Powell
  3. Grandview Heights
  4. Pepper Pike
  5. Bexley
  6. The Village Of Indian Hill
  7. Worthington
  8. Montgomery
  9. Springboro
  10. Pickerington

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Buckeye State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Ohio, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 255 places in Ohio.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 255 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Ohio”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Granville

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,689
Adults Without High School Diploma: 0.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Granville graduated early and has taken the diploma as the smartest city in the state of Ohio.

A relatively small town of just over 5,600 residents this little place is doing big things. With the best numbers on our list it’s no wonder Granville came in 1st!

2. Powell

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,012
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.2%

Taking the hard won place of #2 smartest city is Powell. This medium sized city has an ultra low high school dropout rate of just .2%.

The IQs here are unbelievable.

3. Grandview Heights

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,836
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The small suburban town of Grandview Heights has spent some late nights brushing up on their school work as they swoop in for the top spot of #3 on our list of the smartest cities in Ohio.

With a population of just over 6,800 and a well educated adult population it’s no wonder this small town is doing such big things.

4. Pepper Pike

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,079
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The little town of Pepper Pike is a bright little bulb in the Buckeye state. With a sizeable population of over 6,000 it’s found it’s place as the #4 smartest city in Ohio.

The people here are studious and they’re pretty good at it.

5. Bexley

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,286
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Bexley is doing things right as they boast a low high school dropout rate alongside a large population topping over 13,000 people.

Stop by and expand your education as you meet and greet some of the smartest people in Ohio.

6. The Village Of Indian Hill

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,802
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.3%

With a small population of just 5,802 this little town is breaking down the intelligence barriers. With a high school dropout rate of under 1% the kids here are not only staying in school they’re excelling at it.

7. Worthington

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,727
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Worthington is definitely worthy of the #7 spot. A relatively large town it has bragging rights for such great numbers despite it’s larger population.

So stop by and squeeze in some studying it’s definitely worth it!

8. Montgomery

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,332
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Home to over 10,000 people Montgomery is a powerhouse for intelligence. With only 2.2% of residents in need of a high school education this town is one of the smartest around.

9. Springboro

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,499
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The second largest town to make our list of the 10 Smartest Cities in Ohio Springboro is definitely earning its spot. As a town with almost 18,000 people and such a low high school dropout rate what’s not to love?

10. Pickerington

Smartest Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,014
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Rounding out our list of the smartest cities in the Buckeye state is the city of Pickerington. With the largest population to make our list this metro area is a booming city with some pretty smart guys and gals.

And that’s how you graduate in style

That is our definitive ranking of the 10 Smartest Cities in Ohio. Here at Zippia we want to bring important information to our readers. Now you can make a more informed decision on your next visit to the Buckeye state. Be sure to visit these towns to see their intelligence first hand and experience it for yourself. And next time you’re looking for career advice head to zippia.com to have all of your quesitons answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Ohio

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Granville 1 5,689 0.1% 0.0%
Powell 2 12,012 1.2% 0.2%
Grandview Heights 3 6,836 1.5% 0.0%
Pepper Pike 4 6,079 1.6% 0.0%
Bexley 5 13,286 1.6% 0.0%
The Village of Indian Hill 6 5,802 1.3% 0.3%
Worthington 7 13,727 2.1% 0.0%
Montgomery 8 10,332 2.2% 0.0%
Springboro 9 17,499 3.2% 0.0%
Pickerington 10 19,014 3.5% 0.0%
Dublin 11 42,378 1.7% 0.4%
Perrysburg 12 21,122 3.5% 0.0%
Cortland 13 7,050 3.9% 0.0%
Canfield 14 7,443 3.9% 0.0%
Upper Arlington 15 34,191 1.5% 1.1%
Mason 16 31,289 3.6% 0.3%
Madeira 17 8,801 4.3% 0.0%
Bellbrook 18 7,035 4.4% 0.0%
Brecksville 19 13,543 4.6% 0.0%
Macedonia 20 11,364 4.1% 0.3%
Avon 21 21,783 4.7% 0.0%
Canal Winchester 22 7,334 4.7% 0.0%
Bay Village 23 15,508 2.3% 1.1%
Gahanna 24 33,786 4.8% 0.0%
University Heights 25 13,404 3.9% 0.6%
Lexington 26 5,706 4.9% 0.0%
Beachwood 27 11,855 5.0% 0.0%
Westerville 28 37,101 4.1% 0.6%
Oakwood 29 9,150 1.0% 2.0%
Centerville 30 23,986 5.3% 0.0%
Athens 31 24,151 5.5% 0.1%
Westlake 32 32,513 4.5% 1.0%
Solon 33 23,177 3.9% 1.3%
Rocky River 34 20,145 5.7% 0.0%
Beavercreek 35 45,738 3.5% 1.6%
Tipp City 36 9,778 5.8% 0.0%
Broadview Heights 37 19,309 5.3% 0.5%
Strongsville 38 44,649 5.2% 0.5%
Kirtland 39 6,838 6.0% 0.0%
Hudson 40 22,351 1.8% 2.2%
Groveport 41 5,535 6.0% 0.0%
Lyndhurst 42 13,856 6.1% 0.0%
Willoughby Hills 43 9,446 6.1% 0.0%
Waterville 44 5,499 6.4% 0.0%
St. Clairsville 45 5,151 5.7% 0.5%
Twinsburg 46 18,784 6.3% 0.2%
North Canton 47 17,437 6.4% 0.0%
Englewood 48 13,468 6.4% 0.0%
Cuyahoga Falls 49 49,316 6.0% 0.5%
Green 50 25,835 6.6% 0.1%
Independence 51 7,136 6.7% 0.0%
Northwood 52 5,285 6.8% 0.0%
Sylvania 53 18,923 5.1% 1.6%
Union 54 6,425 7.0% 0.0%
North Royalton 55 30,353 5.6% 1.5%
New Albany 56 8,169 1.0% 3.5%
Hilliard 57 30,815 4.3% 2.4%
Highland Heights 58 8,324 3.5% 2.8%
Loveland 59 12,425 5.9% 1.3%
Clyde 60 6,350 7.3% 0.0%
Fairview Park 61 16,625 5.0% 2.1%
Maumee 62 14,148 5.3% 2.2%
Chardon 63 5,161 7.6% 0.0%
Amelia 64 5,323 7.6% 0.0%
Rossford 65 6,434 4.7% 2.5%
Berea 66 19,044 7.8% 0.0%
Bowling Green 67 31,366 7.4% 0.4%
Avon Lake 68 22,881 3.5% 3.3%
Richmond Heights 69 10,508 7.9% 0.0%
Shaker Heights 70 28,071 4.1% 3.2%
Canal Fulton 71 5,479 8.0% 0.0%
Amherst 72 12,080 6.6% 1.5%
Clayton 73 13,212 6.3% 1.8%
Willoughby 74 22,361 7.1% 1.0%
New Franklin 75 14,245 8.3% 0.0%
Louisville 76 9,151 8.6% 0.0%
Munroe Falls 77 5,037 8.9% 0.0%
Wyoming 78 8,404 3.4% 4.5%
South Euclid 79 22,052 6.6% 1.7%
Oxford 80 21,552 8.4% 0.2%
Oberlin 81 8,368 7.1% 1.2%
North Olmsted 82 32,374 6.9% 1.5%
Mentor 83 47,008 5.6% 2.7%
Grove City 84 36,981 5.7% 2.7%
Vermilion 85 10,415 9.1% 0.0%
Orrville 86 8,389 9.3% 0.0%
Bellevue 87 8,157 9.4% 0.0%
Stow 88 34,741 6.3% 2.5%
Sheffield Lake 89 9,090 9.5% 0.0%
Vandalia 90 15,220 9.0% 0.4%
Bedford 91 12,927 9.5% 0.0%
Fairfield 92 42,643 7.1% 1.7%
Deer Park 93 5,720 9.6% 0.0%
Bryan 94 8,523 9.6% 0.0%
Brunswick 95 34,438 7.8% 1.2%
South Lebanon 96 5,215 9.8% 0.0%
Brookville 97 6,351 9.9% 0.0%
Fairlawn 98 7,430 3.6% 5.4%
Blue Ash 99 12,124 6.0% 2.9%
Olmsted Falls 100 8,943 5.6% 3.4%
Medina 101 26,544 5.8% 3.3%
Kettering 102 56,138 6.0% 3.0%
Kent 103 29,367 7.5% 2.1%
Mount Healthy 104 6,061 10.4% 0.0%
Delaware 105 36,188 6.4% 3.0%
Middleburg Heights 106 15,823 8.0% 1.8%
Hubbard 107 7,787 6.4% 3.3%
Pataskala 108 15,069 8.0% 2.2%
St. Marys 109 8,193 11.3% 0.0%
Findlay 110 41,297 9.9% 1.1%
Harrison 111 10,212 7.6% 2.6%
Heath 112 10,381 11.5% 0.0%
Mentor-on-the-Lake 113 7,430 9.0% 2.1%
Wadsworth 114 21,752 7.0% 3.5%
Tiffin 115 17,835 11.9% 0.0%
Seven Hills 116 11,735 8.4% 2.4%
Aurora 117 15,568 4.9% 6.4%
Sharonville 118 13,836 11.1% 0.6%
Martins Ferry 119 6,850 11.9% 0.0%
Huber Heights 120 38,484 7.7% 3.0%
Salem 121 12,214 12.1% 0.0%
Bedford Heights 122 10,680 10.7% 1.2%
Wellington 123 5,004 12.1% 0.0%
Eastlake 124 18,448 11.4% 0.7%
North Ridgeville 125 30,680 7.1% 4.2%
Port Clinton 126 6,038 9.7% 2.2%
Columbiana 127 6,341 6.9% 4.8%
Carlisle 128 5,001 13.0% 0.0%
Brooklyn 129 11,047 13.0% 0.0%
Belpre 130 6,431 13.1% 0.0%
Delphos 131 7,267 9.2% 2.9%
Wapakoneta 132 9,853 10.0% 2.4%
Reynoldsburg 133 36,439 7.6% 4.7%
Ashland 134 20,421 12.6% 0.5%
Oregon 135 20,282 11.2% 1.8%
Wooster 136 26,353 10.7% 2.2%
Greenville 137 13,121 13.4% 0.2%
Mount Vernon 138 16,919 13.1% 0.4%
Geneva 139 6,158 13.5% 0.3%
Cheviot 140 8,330 14.1% 0.0%
Tallmadge 141 17,463 6.6% 6.5%
Lebanon 142 20,338 7.3% 5.9%
Wellston 143 5,590 14.3% 0.0%
John 144 5,154 14.4% 0.0%
Celina 145 10,374 10.9% 2.6%
Wickliffe 146 12,671 9.1% 4.2%
Cleveland Heights 147 45,657 6.4% 7.8%
Lakewood 148 51,434 7.4% 6.4%
Marietta 149 14,029 13.0% 1.6%
Fairborn 150 33,039 12.9% 1.6%
Huron 151 7,095 5.3% 18.4%
Parma Heights 152 20,490 10.4% 3.9%
Wauseon 153 6,953 16.8% 0.0%
Streetsboro 154 16,152 8.6% 6.3%
Shelby 155 9,149 11.1% 3.5%
Willowick 156 14,084 7.9% 7.3%
Parma 157 80,699 10.3% 4.7%
Miamisburg 158 20,168 10.3% 4.8%
Monroe 159 13,633 6.9% 11.0%
Galion 160 10,314 14.8% 1.1%
Uhrichsville 161 5,408 18.3% 0.0%
Trenton 162 12,091 11.5% 3.5%
New Philadelphia 163 17,334 13.1% 2.4%
Jackson 164 6,343 12.6% 2.6%
Eaton 165 8,334 11.5% 3.5%
Rittman 166 6,457 14.0% 2.2%
Mayfield Heights 167 18,973 7.3% 10.9%
Xenia 168 25,903 12.2% 3.0%
Steubenville 169 18,437 12.8% 2.8%
Ada 170 6,112 14.3% 2.0%
Wilmington 171 12,424 16.8% 0.8%
Napoleon 172 8,940 11.4% 4.4%
Barberton 173 26,375 13.9% 2.4%
Ontario 174 6,160 7.9% 9.2%
Norton 175 12,052 9.1% 7.5%
London 176 9,924 13.3% 2.7%
Columbus 177 811,943 11.7% 4.3%
Piqua 178 20,649 16.9% 1.2%
North College Hill 179 9,366 10.5% 6.0%
Elyria 180 54,216 12.1% 3.9%
Struthers 181 10,574 9.2% 8.0%
Kenton 182 7,783 15.5% 2.0%
Germantown 183 5,545 10.1% 6.8%
Maple Heights 184 22,880 10.0% 7.1%
Bellefontaine 185 13,141 16.2% 2.1%
Van Wert 186 10,859 12.4% 4.4%
Norwalk 187 16,927 11.8% 5.2%
Niles 188 19,028 12.2% 5.1%
Dover 189 12,839 9.9% 8.2%
West Carrollton 190 13,087 11.5% 6.2%
Portsmouth 191 20,320 20.8% 1.2%
Canton 192 72,668 15.9% 2.7%
Lancaster 193 39,105 13.8% 4.2%
Defiance 194 16,646 11.9% 6.2%
Sandusky 195 25,626 15.9% 2.8%
Warrensville Heights 196 13,387 12.1% 6.0%
Alliance 197 22,196 16.4% 2.6%
Milford 198 6,748 9.6% 12.0%
Massillon 199 32,224 11.9% 6.4%
Marion 200 36,791 18.0% 2.4%
Euclid 201 48,313 12.0% 6.3%
Campbell 202 8,127 15.3% 3.2%
Troy 203 25,334 11.4% 7.8%
Forest Park 204 18,685 10.9% 8.7%
Brook Park 205 19,027 13.7% 5.0%
Marysville 206 22,773 11.1% 8.7%
Fostoria 207 13,003 12.8% 6.1%
Girard 208 9,799 11.8% 7.7%
Circleville 209 13,395 16.9% 2.9%
Cincinnati 210 297,117 14.9% 4.1%
Willard 211 6,163 18.9% 2.4%
Newark 212 47,744 14.0% 5.1%
Ravenna 213 11,635 16.3% 3.3%
Nelsonville 214 5,596 17.4% 3.0%
Logan 215 7,314 14.1% 5.8%
Cambridge 216 10,558 14.5% 5.0%
Chillicothe 217 21,802 15.4% 4.4%
Akron 218 198,492 14.2% 5.9%
Fremont 219 16,555 14.6% 5.4%
Trotwood 220 24,322 15.2% 5.1%
Bucyrus 221 12,140 12.8% 8.0%
Zanesville 222 25,444 19.6% 3.1%
Ironton 223 11,190 12.0% 11.0%
Toledo 224 283,932 14.5% 6.3%
Dayton 225 141,776 18.6% 4.1%
Youngstown 226 66,013 18.6% 4.2%
Warren 227 40,925 16.3% 5.9%
Mansfield 228 47,150 17.8% 5.2%
Sidney 229 21,126 14.7% 7.4%
Washington Court House 230 14,123 18.3% 5.1%
Urbana 231 11,587 14.4% 7.8%
Hamilton 232 62,366 15.4% 7.1%
Coshocton 233 11,179 14.3% 8.5%
Hillsboro 234 6,570 19.6% 4.9%
Lima 235 38,432 18.6% 5.5%
Painesville 236 19,689 23.6% 4.8%
Riverside 237 25,143 14.5% 8.8%
Garfield Heights 238 28,492 14.3% 10.6%
Springdale 239 11,201 15.3% 8.1%
Conneaut 240 12,836 13.9% 16.0%
Upper Sandusky 241 6,792 13.7% 23.4%
Franklin 242 11,817 18.2% 6.9%
Springfield 243 60,216 17.9% 7.5%
Reading 244 10,357 14.2% 18.1%
Ashtabula 245 18,819 17.0% 8.2%
Middletown 246 48,256 16.9% 8.6%
East Liverpool 247 11,065 19.7% 6.7%
Lorain 248 63,885 18.4% 7.7%
Moraine 249 6,333 14.7% 19.0%
Norwood 250 19,170 19.3% 8.7%
New Carlisle 251 5,732 21.4% 10.3%
Cleveland 252 392,114 22.6% 8.8%
Grafton 253 6,145 18.5% 17.0%
Whitehall 254 18,383 23.0% 11.0%
East Cleveland 255 17,619 21.8% 13.3%

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