Moving to a new city is always challenging. A large part of that challenge is looking for a place to live, especially when you have a family. There are so many things to consider when weighing your options. It can be quite overwhelming.
You’ve most likely seen the neighborhood section in our Columbus City Guide. This list is a more in-depth neighborhood guide. These provide links to helpful resources and suggestions for nearby activities, grocery stores, venues and restaurants, and more.
Living in the city can be exciting. With the culture, the vast array of restaurants and bars, and the attractions, urban life has its benefits. But there’s also the traffic, lack of free parking, higher-priced housing and the high-energy atmosphere, which isn’t for everyone.
That’s where the suburbs come in. They are close enough to the city so you can take advantage of all urban life has to offer, without having to live there. Columbus’ suburbs provide a quieter, more peaceful environment for those who prefer it.
So without further ado, here are some of the best suburbs surrounding Columbus, Ohio.
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The city of Powell is just 25 minutes outside of Columbus. It was first established by settlers from Middlebury, Connecticut in 1801. Originally called Middlebury (not very original, huh?), it was renamed Powell after Judge Thomas Powell in 1857 after he started the first post office there. Today, Powell is home to more than 13,000 residents, more than double the population from just a decade ago.
Considered by many as one of the best suburbs in the Columbus (duh, that’s why it made our list), Powell is located in the Olentangy Valley region and is close enough to enjoy the amenities of Columbus’ metropolitan area. But there’s plenty to do in Powell as well, like shopping in its historic shopping district or taking the kids to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium or explore local history at the Olentangy Indian Caverns.
Powell has highly-revered public and private school systems – the Olentangy Local School District and Village Academy Schools. The Olentangy Local School District has more than 20,000 students and is among the fastest-growing districts in the country. Powell’s private schools offer a solid college preparatory curriculum and are culturally diverse, with an international student population of almost 23 percent.
We’ve got news for you. Most everyone in Powell is wealthy. Families in this area earn the second-highest income in the Columbus region with an average of $139,851 a year.
Homes average more than $359,400 each.
Grandview Heights is a city five miles west of downtown Columbus. It was initially part of Marble Cliff, one of the first suburbs near the city, which was settled in 1890. Grandview Heights became a separate village in 1906 and a city in 1931.
Even though the suburb is so close to Columbus, Grandview Heights has its own emergency services and school district. Grandview Heights offers a simple commute into Columbus and is an excellent area for those who want to live in the suburbs while still being part of an urban environment.
Because Grandview Heights is minutes away from downtown Columbus, residents can enjoy the many attractions, shopping, and restaurants Ohio’s capital has to offer. Enjoy a concert or hockey game at Nationwide Arena, or attend a Broadway show at The Palace or Ohio Theatre. Check out a Buckeyes game at The Ohio State University, or do some shopping at the Easton Town Center.
Grandview Heights has one of the smallest school districts around, but you can count on quality education at Grandview Heights High School. This high school measures above average in state testing and college readiness.
Choosing a home in central Ohio isn’t just about finding the right house, but about the right location. Grandview Heights is a great location, and the good news is the area is getting 79 new homes, with the first houses available in the spring.
Upper Arlington is on the northwest side of the Columbus metropolitan area and was founded by real estate developers Ben and King Thompson in 1913. Not only is the area one of the safest in the metro area, but it’s also one of the wealthiest. Because Upper Arlington is a city, it has its own police and fire stations, along with a public library and its own school district. Residents here are mainly families with kids under 18 and older adults.
Upper Arlington is all about public parks, with 23 total. It’s also very art-friendly, with many art galleries such as The Concourse Gallery and the Ohio Craft Museum. For great dining experiences, we recommend Hudson 29 Kitchen+Drinks and Chef-O-Nette Restaurant.
This small city has its own school district and has one early childhood education facility, five elementary schools, two middle and one high school.
Homes in Upper Arlington range from historic to new builds, with part of the area in the National Register of Historic Places.
Dublin is a great place to raise kids. It’s a city with more than 47,000 residents northwest of Columbus. It is one of the safest cities in the nation and ranked in 2015 as one of America’s Top 20 Creative Class Cities. It’s home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, an entrepreneurial center, and more than 4,300 businesses.
Dublin annually hosts Jack Nicklaus’ PGA Tour Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club and one of the nation’s largest Irish cultural events, the Dublin Irish Festival, quite appropriate, we think, due to the city’s name. Dublin also boasts the walkable Bridge Street District, which includes retail, housing, and restaurants.
All three high schools in Dublin rank among the top high schools in the country. The Dublin City Schools has the highest ACT score on average out of the entire Ohio district with an enrollment of more than 10,000. The city also has several higher learning facilities including Ohio State University at Dublin.
The average home price in Dublin is $357,000, and the average rent is around $1,300 a month.
Located in Licking County, Granville is a small village about 30 minutes outside of Columbus. The average household income is $112,286 a year, and the average age of residents is 37 years old. If you’re looking for a low crime rate (who isn’t, right?), Granville’s is 75 percent lower than the rest of the state.
With more than 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, this quaint town maintains its ties to its New England-inspired roots but with an innovative eye to the future.
Have an itch for polo (and maybe a little Marco)? What about tennis or golf? Granville’s got all of that and more. It’s got locally-owned shops that range from bookstores to antiques to furniture and home decor. There are also a few museums and sites displaying Granville’s rich history. The village also holds an art walk the first Saturday of each month.
Education is at the root of Granville’s beginnings in 1805, when it had its first log-cabin school that had 80 kids enrolled. Now, it’s home to the Granville Exempted Village School District, which serves 2500 students in four schools, and is one of Ohio’s best public school districts.
Though there are new homes built here in ranch and other more common styles, many of the homes here are inspired by the traditional New England designs its founders brought with them when settling the area. The average home sale price is $253,900.
Suburbs are about location and lifestyle, to be sure. But they are also about the people who live in them. These neighborhoods offer a variety of lifestyles to meet most anyone’s needs.
We hope this guide helps you make the right choice to fit your lifestyle. If you decide to move in or to Columbus, don’t hesitate to reach out. We coordinate local and long-distance moving services in Columbus, and we would love to help!
Good luck with your move to the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio!