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A+ Kettering Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Kettering Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Ohio
919% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kettering cost of living
A Kettering Crime Total crime is 38% lower than Ohio
Total crime
1,68639% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6039% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-19%Year over year crime is down
Kettering crime
C- Kettering Employment Household income is 2% higher than Ohio
Median household income
$51,4417% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,5793% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%17% lower than the US average
Kettering employment
C- Kettering Housing Home value is 5% lower than Ohio
Median home value
$125,70032% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$75820% lower than the US average
Home ownership
62%3% lower than the US average
Kettering real estate or Kettering rentals
A+ Kettering Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Ohio
High school grad. rates
90%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
85%72% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Kettering K-12 schools or Kettering colleges

Living in Kettering, OH

Located in the state of Ohio, Kettering is a mid-sized city with a population of 55,720 people. At 91%, the majority of the Kettering population is White; this is followed by 3% Black and 2% Asian. Kettering has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 72% of the population is classified as married and 64% have kids.

Without the right tools, moving to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Kettering, Ohio could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Kettering and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 86 out of 100, Kettering is ranked #263 in the United States and #45 in Ohio. Clearly, Kettering is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Kettering has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. Based on the grades for each individual category, Kettering has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A), cost of living (B) and education (A+).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Kettering on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Cox Arboretum MetroPark, Fraze Pavilion, and Hills & Dales MetroPark.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 127 crimes per 100,000 residents, Kettering has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

The average school test scores in Kettering are 85%. 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.

Assuming that Kettering meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Kettering. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Kettering are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Kettering come in at $125,700, which is 4.7% lower than the Ohio average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Kettering, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 7.7% lower than the Ohio average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Kettering were 7.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.5%.

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Compare Kettering, OH Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Kettering, OH

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Patterson Park, Dayton801.81,469
Mcpherson, Dayton765.5399
Pheasant Hill, Dayton769.72,604
Oregon, Dayton754.61,302
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Macfarlane, Dayton755.3605
Five Oaks, Dayton736.32,500
Historic Inner East, Dayton724.42,479
Eastmont, Dayton7132,355

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If you're ever in the midwest, Ohio to be exact, there is a nice little city just south of Dayton that is a pleasure to visit. With plenty of wonderful restaurants and parks to give you a true American feel. This city has quickly become one of my favorite places to visit. I'm sure if you were to grace your presence here, you would feel the same way.

Whenever I visit this quant little city I always make it a point to visit Jimmy's Italian kitchen. The prices here are very reasonable and if you love Italian food like me, than this is the place for you. From their spicy calzones to their deep dish pizza this is a true taste of Italy. Another great thing about Kettering, OH is the Fraze pavilion. This beautiful outdoor concert hall offers the openness of the outdoors while featuring some great names in the entertainment world. The community couldn't be friendlier and the city is kept up to stay clean and beautiful.

While many have never heard of Kettering, OH, very few want to leave this cities old fashioned charm. I know every time I visit I feel welcomed and hope to stay their as long as possible.
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Source: The Kettering, OH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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