According to numbers compiled by WalletHub, Norwalk is right in the middle — ranking 101st out of 185 cities in the list.
The rankings consider the following categories: “Family life and fun;” “education, health and safety;” “affordability;” and “socio-economics.”
Tops on the list with an overall score of 77.8 is Perrysburg, which ranked second in family life and fun, first in education, health and safety, fourth in affordability and 12th in scoio-economics.
Rounding out the top 10 with their scores are: Powell (76.42); Mason (73.04); Dublin (72.46); Springsboro (70.17); Hilliard (69.24); Bexley (68.36); Hudson (67.78); Beavercreek (67.42); and Westerville (67.26).
Norwalk had a 50.20 score, ranking 57th in family life and fun, 23rd in education, health and safety, 171st in affordability and 120th in socio-economics.
Area cities ranked include: Medina (19th); Avon (38th); North Ridgeville (39th); Tiffin (49th); Avon Lake (51st); Wooster (53rd); Ashland (59th); Amherst (74th); Vermilion (79th); Bucyrus (115th); Fostoria (132nd); Fremont (134th); Sandusky (135th); Galion (136th); Elyria (143rd); Mansfield (146th); Toledo (153rd); and Lorain (166th).
The two bottom cities? Cleveland in 184th and East Cleveland in 185th.
Ohio earned the name “The Heart of It All,” not just for its heart shape, but also for its cultural and environmental diversity. Home to three major cities — Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus — in addition to numerous small towns, Ohio boasts a range of settings.
The Buckeye State, as it’s otherwise known, competes strongly against coastal states such California and Florida as the seventh-largest state economy by GDP. Plus, an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent — not too far from the nation’s 4.1 percent, as of November — coupled with 25 of the Fortune 500 companies should give parents confidence in Ohio’s job opportunities.
To identify the most family-friendly places in Ohio, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the state’s cities across 21 key indicators of ideal family conditions. Data set ranges from the share of families with young children to median family income to housing affordability.
To see the complete report log onto https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-families-in-ohio/18727/?clienttype=generic.