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Mason, OH Allie Ellis

7. Mason, OH

Updated: Jun 01, 2014 6:59 PM UTC | Originally published: May 30, 2014

Top 50 rank: 7

Population: 31,761

At the helm is Mayor David Nichols. Formerly CEO of a publicly traded manufacturing company, he has helped bring several new employers to town -- where they join an already impressive list of firms like Procter & Gamble and Mitsubishi.

These jobs, plus proximity to Cincinnati and Dayton, attract a diverse workforce, and the schools are among Ohio's best.

The shopping, on the other hand is less varied. While Mason does have a few non-chain restaurants and shops in town, big-box stores are the norm. --I.S.M.

Mason, OH

Town stats

Median family income (per year)$95,364
Job growth % (2010-2012)4.90%
Median home price (2012)$176,500
Reading test scores (% above/below average)21.1%
Math test scores (% above/below average)31.4%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)14

Financials

Median family income (per year)$95,364
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)$105,177
Sales tax6.50%
State income tax rate (highest bracket)5.93%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket)0.59%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state)$1,381
Job growth % (2010-2012)4.90%

Housing

Median home price (2012)$176,500
Average property taxes (2012)$3,369

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles)25
Reading test scores (% above/below state average)21.1%
Test scores math (% above/below average)31.4%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits)92.2/7.8

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good)73.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)14
Median commute time (in minutes)21.4
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer12.2%
% population walk or bike to work1.0%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles)15
Restaurants (within 15 miles)1,686
Bars (within 15 miles)220
Public golf courses (within 30 miles)150
Libraries (within 15 miles)39
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles)7
Ski resorts (within 100 miles)N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts)0.4

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches)42.6
% clear days in the area49%
High temp in July ° F87.3°
Low temp in Jan ° F18.9°

Meet the neighbors

Median age37.0
Completed at least some college (% of residents)71.0%
Married %62.9%
Divorced %6.8%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)63.1