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The Most Affordable Suburbs of Columbus That Are Still Pretty Fantastic

Want to live in an outstanding community that’s filled with amenities, safe, friendly, close to employment and Columbus, yet is still affordable? It almost sounds too good to be true—but these 7 suburbs prove that ideal towns due exist in Central Ohio. Discover some top-rated Columbus suburbs that are still highly affordable.


Not only is it rated exceptionally livable for its outstanding amenities and education, it’s also exceptionally affordable, with a cost of living 9% below the national average and a median home price of $143,200—14% below the national average. Its only downside? A slightly higher crime rate than other top suburbs.


Pataskala’s access to amenities, low crime rate, and great schools make it a great Central Ohio choice, but what really sets it apart is its cost of living 6% below the national average and median home price of $159,100, also 6% lower than national average. Its downside might be that it’s slightly farther from Columbus, which could mean a longer commute to work.

Canal Winchester

Canal Winchester is a truly exceptional suburb, boasting low crime rates, access to plenty of amenities, an easy commute to Columbus, and a cost of living 8% below the national average. And home prices are just $183,200.


North of Canal Winchester lies Pickerington, whose claims to fame are its good amenities, schools, and distance to Columbus, as well as its cost of living 3% below the national average and low home prices of just $181,700.


Low crime rates, quality education, and plenty of amenities await throughout the scenic town of Gahanna. In addition to all its attractions, it’s still pretty affordable—3% below the national average, with home prices at $186,800.


It’s a truly amazing town filled with amenities and attractions. It’s got great schools, a very low crime rate, and even some of its own employers right in town, though commutes to Columbus aren’t bad. Its cost of living is still 1% below the national average, though its home prices are a bit higher, at $205,400.


Another amazing suburb, Hilliard is filled with small-town charm, great amenities, top schools, and not a whole lot of crime. Distance to Columbus isn’t bad, and its affordability is equal to the national average. Home prices are set a big higher, though, at $207,100.

Some Great Towns Didn’t Make the List…

You might have noticed that there are a few Central Ohio favorites that didn’t make the cut. Fantastic towns like Worthington, New Albany, and Powell receive outstanding ratings for amenities, location, community events, attractions, schools, and crime rates… but they’re better suited for those who don’t mind paying a little more.

Ready to Discover Your Ideal Town in Central Ohio?

Whether you’re looking for highly affordable, moderately affordable, or downright luxurious, there’s a place just for you in Central Ohio. Come explore all the wonderful communities surrounding Columbus, learn more about buying a home in Central Ohio here, and start searching homes for sale around Columbus today!

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