Corn, football, and rock-and-roll – what more could you want? Ohio is a Midwestern state with plenty of character. Enjoy driving through the rolling hills and fields on your way to your favorite local zoos, sporting events, and museums. If you’re ready to become a Buckeye, NewHomeSource has compiled a list of the 10 most affordable cities to help inform your choice.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.52
Average Property Tax: $809
Median Household Income: $28,682
Ashtabula kicks off our list of affordable cities in Ohio. Built along Lake Erie, it offers waterside parks where you can relax, boat, and swim. Take a dive into Civil War history by visiting Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.24
Average Property Tax: $1,159
Median Household Income: $38,027
Niles is in northeast Ohio, approximately 68 miles from Cleveland. You’ll find local amenities and attractions like parks, banquet halls, and malls. The Eastwood Mall is home to The Aquarium, which contains saltwater fish, live coral, and even a shark tank. Learn about local history and the 25th president of the United States at the Niles Historical Society and the McKinley Birthplace Home and Research Center.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.89
Average Property Tax: $829
Median Household Income: $31,219
Steubenville is the county seat of Jefferson County. Located along the Ohio-West Virginia border and the Ohio River, Steubenville has riverside attractions such as a marina, the Jefferson County Historical Association, and Historic Fort Steuben. In the wintertime, head on over to Steubenville Nutcracker Village for a festive delight!
Home Price to Income Ratio: 1.55
Average Property Tax: $703
Median Household Income: $28,822
Feel young in Youngstown! With over 60,000 residents calling it home, Youngstown is a sizable city with a friendly atmosphere. If you’re looking for entertainment, spend your weekends admiring the foliage of Fellows Riverside Garden or catching the latest installment of literary and visual arts at the McDonough Museum of Art.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.11
Average Property Tax: $1,170
Median Household Income: $37,683
Mansfield is located halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, making it an ideal spot for those who commute to the bigger cities. Downtown Mansfield is a lively scene of restaurants and attractions like Mansfield Memorial Museum and Little Buckeye Children’s Museum. Other highlights include the Kingwood Center Gardens where you will find duck ponds, peacocks, and multiple floral displays. Other attractions include a fire department museum and multiple country clubs.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.26
Average Property Tax: $1,221
Median Household Income: $38,380
Located along the shores of Lake Erie, Sandusky is your go-to destination for waterside entertainment and living. The harbors are lined with restaurants, retail districts, and of course plenty of sailing opportunities. For a unique museum experience, check out the Merry-Go-Round Museum, featuring a vintage working carousel.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.12
Average Property Tax: $925
Median Household Income: $28,898
Warren is approximately 56 miles southeast of Cleveland. Here you can enjoy museums, country clubs, and drive-in movie theaters. The Mahoning River weaves its way through the city, and on warm days you can enjoy hiking along the green space of the riverwalk.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.63
Average Property Tax: $2,733
Median Household Income: $50,478
Eastlake is another city located along Lake Erie. Enjoy beaches, yacht clubs, and sports complexes in this waterside town. Cleveland is a mere 19 miles southwest of Eastlake, so you can take a weekend trip without an exhausting drive.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.20
Average Property Tax: $1,010
Median Household Income: $32,287
Football fans, look no further than Canton! This northeast city is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where you will find your favorite players immortalized. Canton also features the First Ladies National Historic Site, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, and the Canton Museum of Art.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.62
Average Property Tax: $892
Median Household Income: $30,345
Zanesville is the county seat of Muskingum County. You’ll find a thriving arts scene in this central city, complete with multiple art museums and galleries. The Muskingum River meanders through the heart of the city, and you’ll find scenic bridges, boats, and plenty of riverfront parks.
Cities with the Best Home Price to Income Ratio
While the list above is sorted by the lowest overall cost of living index, the following cities have the lowest home price to income ratio, meaning you can get more home for your money.
- Maple Heights
- South Euclid
Sarah graduated from Trinity University in 2012 with a degree in International Relations and Political Science. She writes blogs on new homes, decor, communities, and more for NewHomeSource. When she’s not writing, you can find her spending time with her three cats.