Here in Ohio, we have a lot of small-town pride. Ohio’s small towns are some of the best small towns, and it’s not just us who think so! Columbiana, Ohio, has been hailed as the friendliest town in America, and once you visit this bustling little Buckeye State ‘burb for yourself, you will absolutely understand why… and you might never want to leave! Is it the best place to live in Ohio? Let’s find out.

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Have you visited Columbiana, the friendliest town in Ohio… and America? We’d love to hear about your experiences! Where do you think the best place to live in Ohio is? If you have another favorite small town you’d like to see featured on Only In Ohio nominate it here!

Then swing by Columbiana’s Das Dutch Village, a unique Amish village of shops and one particularly delightful restaurant, the Das Dutch Haus.

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What is the nicest part of Ohio to live in?

Ohio is a beautiful state, with plenty of welcoming communities and top-notch amenities to choose from. Whether you enjoy downtown living in Columbus, a scenic home near the Wayne National Forest, or even a lake home near Erie, there are different locations for every lifestyle. Here are some of the nicest parts of Ohio to live in:

 

Read the entire list of 14 charming small towns in Ohio. Then plan an Ohio road trip to come for a visit. A nice town not on that list but should be, is Troy, Ohio. This small city offers convenience and laid-back living right in the middle of Miami County. With its picturesque riverbanks, rolling hills, and thriving downtown vibrant with retailers and farmer's markets, it's easy to fall in love with this charming spot. Plus its residents enjoy great schools, parks, and other fun things like swimming pools or golf at the Miami Shores Golf Course. Whether you're looking for peace and quiet or just want a central spot from which to explore all that Ohio has to offer, Troy is definitely a good place to start.

What are the best small towns near Cleveland, Ohio?

  • Olmsted Falls, Cuyahoga County
  • Kirtland, Lake County
  • Oberlin, Lorain County
  • Vermilion, Erie & Lorain Counties
  • Seville, Medina County
  • Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga County

 

Check out all nine of the featured small towns near Cleveland that are definitely worth a visit.