NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city ranks ninth among 20 Ohio communities examined for their affordability, population growth and proximity to educational and job-training facilities emphasizing emerging career fields.
The ranking was made by Nerdwallet, a San Francisco-based company that has undertaken such studies on a state-by-state basis for about a year, said Maggie Clark, a Nerdwallet analyst who compiled and studied data to form the rankings.
Clark stressed the findings are not intended as value judgments on respective cities.
“We went purely on empirical research,” Clark said. “We did the math and saw what came out. These are data-driven reports.”
The number-crunching found North Ridgeville to be an affordable place to live.
“We were looking to see whether people had enough money to afford homeowner costs,” Clark said, as well as whether given cities were growing. “We wanted to know if the city was gaining population, if it was attracting people.
“For someone looking for a job, that’s a good sign.”
According to population data from the 2010 census — the latest available — North Ridgeville had 29,465 residents.
The rankings found that North Ridgeville had:
- A 7.4 percent increase in the number of residents 16 and older from 2009-12.
- A median household income of $66,313.
- Median monthly homeowner costs of $1,454 (weighted toward mortgage payments).
While she had not yet seen the study, Dayle Noll, executive director of the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce, termed its findings “another feather” in the city’s cap.
“It creates positive exposure for our city any time it is evaluated positively,” Noll said.
City Council President Kevin Corcoran welcomed the study results as the latest recognition for the city, which was recently ranked the sixth-safest of 50 Ohio cities by The SafeWise Report .
“What’s great about all of this is that it helps enhance our stature locally as well as nationwide,” Corcoran said.
Mayor David Gillock agreed, saying the study’s ranking for North Ridgeville “speaks well of our location. It’s nice to have LCCC here since they are vocationally-oriented.”
Any time the city gets recognition like this, it benefits the community in various ways, Gillock said.
“Somebody looking to buy a house usually looks at schools and crime reports, and Realtors use that kind of information in their advertising,” he said. “These rankings are dependent on the criteria used, but it’s always nice to be recognized.”