By Nora Tooher
Public schools in Ohio are over-achievers when it comes to offering the “Best Schools for Your Housing Buck.”
A recent analysis in Forbes magazine used databases of school test scores and home values to calculate the ratings for the nation’s highest-performing schools in communities with affordable housing.
Nine of the top 20 communities were in Ohio. Top performing Ohio communities on the list of communities nationwide that offer the best value were:
• Wyoming City, a small town north of Cincinnati, No. 4, with a median home price of $262,000.
• Madeira City, a Cincinnati suburb, No. 7 nationally, with a recent median home price of $211,500.
• Chagrin Falls, No. 8, a Cleveland suburb 33 miles northeast of Tallmadge, where an average home costs less than $250,000.
• Oakwood City, No. 9, a Dayton suburb where homes sell for less than $250,000.
• Rocky River, No. 10, another Cleveland suburb with high-performing schools and houses for less than $250,000.
• Ottawa Hills, No. 14, a Toledo suburb with a recent home median price of $227,300.
• Solon City, No. 18, with a recent median home sales price of $268,000.
• Whitehouse, No. 19, a Toledo suburb with a median home price of $172,000, according to Zillow.
• Massilon, No. 20, about 28 miles south of Tallmadge, with a recent median home sales price of $99,300.
In a separate award, Warren, a small city north of Youngstown, was named champion of the “Bank for the Buck” index, for combining high-ranking schools with a Zillow median home value of $40,300.
Overall, the Midwest offered the best deals for parents seeking high-performing school districts as well as houses they can afford, Forbes concluded.
The Forbes analysis used a comprehensive database at SchoolDigger.com, which compiles performance on standardized tests that are now required under the No Child Left Behind law and calculates percentile rankings for every school within each state. There was insufficient data for Tallmadge to be included in the analysis.
Users can find the rankings by school districts and communities. For example, someone considering moving somewhere warmer in winter, such as Jacksonville, Fla., can visit the website and find out how the schools in Jacksonville rate. The answer: 280th out of 385 cities.