Dayton Daily News had a story two weeks ago about Beavercreek being ranked the No. 1 Dayton-area suburb by Niche. Here are the top seven reasons why Beavercreek is No. 1. 
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Which local city is the happiest?

Cities in Ohio can be great places to live.

There is a diverse blend of environments, beautiful scenery and great places to raise a family. compiled a list of 20 cities in this Midwestern state with the most smiles.

Cities were ranked based on seven specific categories with information from the U.S. Census Bureau and FBI Uniform Crime Report: restaurants, crime rate, commute, departure time, income, divorce rate and housing.

This list was limited to cities with a population of 20,000 or more.

Here are the happiest cities in southern Ohio

Justin Boggs plays with some kids at Harbin Park during on July 3, 2016, in Fairfield. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

1. Beavercreek

Beavercreek, Dayton’s second-largest suburb, took home the crown for the happiest.

In this city with more than 45,000 residents, the odds of being involved in a violent crime are 1 in 1,822.5.

The median household income is $74,533, and the percentage of income spent on housing is 19.6 percent.

7. Troy

You can find some of the safest streets of Ohio in Troy with the odds of being the victim of a violent crime of 1 in 1,795.8.

Average commute time is at 18.1 minutes, and the median household income is $50,403.

17. Centerville

Centerville falls a little further down the list. This city has a divorce rate of 8.8 percent for males and 13.0 percent for females.

The chances of being involved in a violent crime are 1 in 1,268.8.

The average commute time for Centerville residents is 21.3 minutes, and the median household income is $57,385.

19. Lebanon

The last southern Ohio city on this list is Lebanon at No. 19.

The median household income is at $61,812, and the percentage of residents leaving before 5 a.m. is 4.2.

Restaurants per capita is 1 per 485.4 inhabitants, and the odds of being involved in a violent crime are 1 in 1,112.6

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