Ohio Places Ranked and Rated

Savageau, David. Places Rated Almanac. Seventh Edition. Washington, D.C.; Places Rated Books, 2007.

Sperling, Bert and Peter Sanders. Cities Ranked & Rated. Second Edition. Hoboken, NJ; Wiley Publishing, 2007.

I am sure you have seen the articles: 10 Best Cities for Real Estate Value, 50 Best Cities to find a Life Partner, Best Places to Retire with Cats.  There is an industry for rating places and, though it may seem silly, I think many of us would like to see a scientific study of where is the best place to live (or how my city ranks with others).  Many of these studies are affiliated with Bert Sperling, whose work can be found at www.bestplaces.net.  The grand work of Sperling, in my opinon, is Cities Ranked & Rated, where he and Peter Sanders rate all metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada.

The original guide to ranking and rating cities came out in the mid-1980s by David Savageau, Places Rated Almanac.  This book used a methodology of rating such livability aspects as housing, employment, transportation, culture, and crime and then ranking the cities/places.  Places Rated Almanac has since lost its major publisher, but the most recent guide was self-published.

For the fun of it (and for the advancement of science, of course), I thought I would compare the final rankings of all the Ohio cities.  The two guides are absolutely perfect for comparison, as they both rank the same 375 U. S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).  To truly understand the rankings, one would want to look at each titles methodology.  But, I am only interested in end results, so without further delay…

MSA  (Places Rated / Cities Ranked and Rated)

Akron (59/298)
Canton-Massillon (221/236)
Cincinnati-Middletown (16/38)
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor (14/285)
Columbus (46/36)
Dayton (74/84)
*Huntington-Ashland* (137/340)
Lima (302/336)
Mansfield (327/290)
*Parkerburg-Marietta* (235/289)
Sandusky (232/202)
Springfield (323/87)
Toledo (81/120)
*Weirton-Steubenville* (283/358)
*Wheeling* (161/206)
Youngstown-Warren (195/269)

As you can see, one book’s Cleveland is another’s Springfield.  For those suddenly thinking about moving, I noticed two trends from the results. Places Rated Almanac has some sort of intent to quantify Aesthetics, which may give Ohio cities an advantage over newer developments (Pittsburgh is the hightest ranked place).  Cities Ranked & Rated attempts to quantify the weather and northern Ohio takes a beating.

*MSAs with central cities in other states*


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Welcome to The Ohio Book Review

Thank you for visiting The Ohio Book Review. I plan on this blog becoming a hodgepodge of reviews and thoughts about Ohio-centric books. I have always enjoyed reading local history and guide books both inside and outside of Ohio. I thought this would be wonderful opportunity to put thoughts to pen.

I will be talking about a variety of subjects, though it should be known that my preference is non-fiction. I am not going to try covering new releases, just any title I come across that has something to do with Ohio, either explicitly or by my own interpretation.

I already have many titles to put out there from major publishers, academic presses, and of course the local small presses. While I hope most titles can be accessed through your local library or library consortium, if I come across something quite unique, I will let you know.

Have you read any good books about Ohio recently?