A+ Ashland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Ashland Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% lower than Ohio
8218% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ashland cost of living
A Ashland Crime Total crime is 23% lower than Ohio
Total crime
1,90326% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5326% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Ashland crime
D Ashland Employment Household income is 22% lower than Ohio
Median household income
$39,41729% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,89727% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%30% lower than the US average
Ashland employment
B Ashland Housing Home value is 25% lower than Ohio
Median home value
$99,40046% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$68028% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
Ashland real estate or Ashland rentals
A+ Ashland Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than Ohio
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
76%54% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:15% higher than the US average
Ashland K-12 schools or Ashland colleges

Living in Ashland, OH

Ashland is a mid-sized city located in the state of Ohio. The city has a population of 20,419 people. The majority of Ashland residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Ashland. With average one way commute time of only 20 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Ashland, Ohio could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Ashland and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, employment and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 84/100, Ashland is ranked #470 in the United States and #79 in Ohio. Compared to the national average, Ashland ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! The cherry on top is that Ashland also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Ashland ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), cost of living (A-), education (A+) and housing (B). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Ashland. The following was graded with a discouraging score: weather (D) and employment (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Ashland, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Ashland gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 122 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

The average school test scores in Ashland are 76%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Ashland has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Assuming that Ashland meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Ashland. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Ashland are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Ashland come in at $99,400, which is 24.6% lower than the Ohio average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Ashland, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 3.8% lower than the Ohio average.

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      Bland, boring, cliquish and no culture

      I moved here a little under two years ago for personal reasons and for my child to have a decent school to go to. I have found the people very unwelcoming and cliquish, no culture or nightlife, shopping is Wal-Mart or extremely overpriced boutique(s) in the "downtown" area. Every time I patronize and establishment here I get a vibe from people that is very off-putting. Small town mentality is definitely alive and well here.

      The main issue I have is job opportunities. A previous poster mentioned driving well over an hour to either Cleveland or Columbus for work. It is OVER an hour to those places and if you happen to get an interview it could be farther than that. No way could I do that every day. If you are looking for work in either Wooster/ Mansfield, opportunities are scarce and it is the same vibe/ mentality in those places as well. There are Amish here, who travel in their buggies on a main thoroughfares. When I see them on 42, they are sometimes hard to see because the buggies and horses are so dark. It angers me that they put themselves and those animals at risk with no lights on their buggies so people can see them. I feel like I am in the twilight zone living here, truly backwards place and people. I cannot wait to leave when my lease is up. Truly horrible experience living here.

      Moreover, the school was very unwelcoming to my child; I suppose because we were not a traditional family and had a personal issue that brought us here. One of the teachers who sent kids texts during the summer sent my child a very nice one initially, then quickly retracted it saying he texted the wrong person. He then went on to send my child a text that read "what I meant to send you is that I can't believe you even made it to school every day." I was astounded at the hateful, judgmental rudeness, but it was indicative of what type of community I was in. A backwards, cliquish place that is unwelcoming of "outsiders" not just like them.

      Good riddance.
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      Very good small town living.

      Have lived all over the country and from a major metropolitan area.Have lived in Ashland 30 years.Ashland is what small town
      living is all about.Very little crime,very friendly people,very strong sense of community.Nice neighborhoods with low cost of housing.A religious area with lutherans,catholic,bretheren,methodist,mennonite and amish;even an orthodox monastery.The
      faiths get along very well and work together in the county.A recent prayer service shows how well they work together: a prayer service at a college run by the bretheren church was sponsored by the bretheren youth group,the catholic college group,the
      lutheran church and the catholic church-celebrants from all groups and the main celebrant the catholic bishop-it was packed.
      Very little night life.Lots of outdoor pursuits,great series at Myers bandshell in the summer.Mohican state park is a great place to cook out,fish for trout,hike,bike and just read a book by the covered bridge and refresh your soul.
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      Ashland is Someplace Special

      I've been living in Ashland Ohio for 3 years and have enjoyed the small town culture here that is provided me and my family with a great place to live and enjoy something special in regards to education, recreation, shopping, and other amenities. Ashland has a beautiful culture of diverse individuals that create a culture of inclusion that allows us to work and enjoy life and create friendships that are lasting. My kids love the school system and they are excellent as far as their accreditations and execution of basic educational requirements. There's very little crime in the city and you can feel safe walking the streets and enjoying neighborhoods.

      The best areas in Ashland are around the Brookside Golf Course on the western side of the city. The housing market in Ashland in this area is reasonably priced and allows individuals to hold their value on their properties that are purchased in this area. Ashland is about an hour away from Cleveland Ohio and allows individuals to actually work in Cleveland and live in Ashland easily if they choose to make that commute. If you're looking to move to Ohio I recommend Ashland as a great place to live and raise a family.
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      Source: The Ashland, OH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).