The suburbs really aren’t so bad.
In spite of all the jokes about how boring Ohio’s suburbs are, we think it’s worth noting the high quality of life in many of Ohio’s suburbs. (What’s not to love about predictability and safety when it comes to raising a family?) The following Ohio suburbs made it onto
Business Insider’s “50 Best Suburbs in America” list, and we couldn’t agree more. Here are 12 of the most underrated suburbs in Ohio:
With original streets from the 1830s, this Lake County city of 6,866 residents is a truly pleasant place to call home. Business Insider gave it a Great Schools score of 9, and highlighted this small city for its average 25-minute commute to the Cleveland-Elyria metro area and its median household income of $85,938. (As an added bonus, its home to the beautiful Holden Arboretum and The Judith and Maynard H. Murch Canopy Walk.)
With an average commute time to Dayton of 21 minutes and a Great Schools score of 10, this small city of 6,943 residents is a great place to live. (We recommend visiting the Bluberry Cafe if you happen to be in town. The homemade muffins alone will make you want to move there.)
A suburb of Akron, Hudson's successful "Community First" program helped to cultivate a sense of purpose and unity for the town. The 1990s program worked to tackle the issue of drug abuse, encourage high school graduation and foster a healthy mindset for youth to make better choices. Today, it's one of the safest places to live in Ohio, and its focus is on education and opportunities for youth.
4. Munroe Falls
Business Insider highlighted this small city of 5,012 residents for its "bedroom community," lack of violent crime and 22-minute commute from Akron. It also earned a Great Schools score of 8.
With top-notch schools and a 21-minute commute to Cincinnati, this small city of 8,428 residents is a wonderful place to live. It earned a Great Schools score of 10 and has a a median household income of $95,572.
This large central Ohio suburb is just 22 minutes outside downtown Columbus. The median household income is $114,183 and its Great Schools score is 8.67. Hayden Falls and the Muirfield Village Golf Club are popular attractions here.
About 22 minutes from Cincinnati you'll find this small city of 10,251 residents, known for its low crime, great schools and seasonal art series at the local theater. It earned a Great Schools score of 9 and has a median household income of $109,779.
8. Grandview Heights
A 17-minute commute time to Columbus and 45 acres of park lands is what makes this small city stand out, It also earned a Great Schools score of 8 and the median household income is $80,729.
With an average commute time to Cincinnati of 22 minutes and a median household income of $95,406, this city was highlighted by Business Insider for its "big-city amenities and small-town atmosphere." It also earned a Great Schools score of 9.
You're never far from the animals when you're in Powell. In addition to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, this city is marked by high quality of life, high home values and a low unemployment rate. It also earned a Great Schools score of 10.
11. Upper Arlington
With a low crime rate and a low unemployment rate, this Columbus suburb is a safe, prosperous place to live. It earned a Great Schools score of 10 and the median household income is $95,588.
With a median household income of $87,232 and an average commute time of 21 minutes to Cincinnati, this small city is a convenient, affordable place to live. Additionally, Madeira has a Great Schools score of 10 and Forbes added it to its "best high-performing public school districts with affordable housing" last year.
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