Great place to start a family
Affordable housing with space for kids
Median age: 35.9
Distance to downtown: 13 miles
Considering the city’s public schools with top marks from the state, it’s no surprise that 75 percent of households in Hilliard boast kids under 18. Hilliard’s affordable housing market doesn’t hurt either, says Dave Bible, branch manager at Coldwell Banker King Thompson in Hilliard. “It’s a great move-up area,” says Bible, adding it’s not uncommon to find a three- to four-bedroom home for around $200,000. Here, moms like Dana Miller never have trouble keeping her 4- and 5-year-olds busy. “There’s just a ton of things to do with the kids,” says Miller, who moved here from New Jersey in August 2012. They love the kids’ section at the library, neighborhood parks and swim lessons at nearby Aquatic Adventures. It’s one of the many reasons Miller plans to stay in Hilliard through her kids finishing school, and maybe beyond.