It isn’t a secret that Delaware County is a wonderful place to live:
- It was named one of Money.com‘s top places to live in 2017, thanks to its healthy economy, affordable homes, and high quality of life.
- The Penny Hoarder named the city of Delaware as one of the top five most affordable cities that are also great for raising families.
- Delaware County has been named the “Healthiest County in Ohio” by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the last four years and five of the last six years.
- In 2018, it was ranked the No. 12 healthiest county in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.
But, let us tell you what makes Delaware wonderful from our perspective.
10. Affordable & Beautiful Homes
Okay, well, we are realtors, so let’s just get this one out of the way! Delaware is home to absolutely stunning homes, no matter what you are looking for.
Want a beautiful ranch in the country? A historic beauty in the downtown district? A brand-new home in a sweet, family-oriented neighborhood? A started home under $100,000? We have them all!
9. Ohio Wesleyan University
OWU is one of the most comprehensive liberal arts schools in the country. It is one of only 45 schools featured in Colleges That Change Lives and is ranked in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. OWU’s breadth of more than 90 majors includes Business, Data Analytics, Fine Arts, Communication, and Education; scientific fields such as Neuroscience and Zoology; and a wide range of pre-professional areas, including Medicine, Law, Public Administration, and Engineering.
8. The Little Brown Jug
The Little Brown Jug is one of America’s premier horse-racing events for harness racing. The race takes place every year on the third Thursday after Labor Day. It is one of the two most coveted races for Standardbred horses. The event is named after the Little Brown Jug, a pacer, who won nine consecutive races and became a USTA Hall of Fame Immortal in 1975.
7. Proximity to Work
Delaware is about 25-30 minutes north of Columbus. It benefits from being super close to work, but when you get “home”, you can feel a world away from the big city, thanks to the rolling hills, quiet lifestyle, and small-town feel.
There are many large employers nearby, including Ohio Wesleyan University, Chase Bank, Greif, McGraw-Hill Education, PPG Industries, Wendy’s and more. And of course, as you get closer to Columbus the opportunities expand.
6. Amazing Restaurants
Whether you love fine dining, a classic burger and fries, a great cup of coffee or a cold beer, Delaware doesn’t disappoint.
For baked goods, we always love Fresh Start Bakery & Cafe.
For cheese, meats and fine grocery items, the Greater Gouda is amazing.
5. Beautiful Parks & Outdoor Space
Delaware, Ohio is home to an amazing number of parks, trails and scenic outdoor spaces.
Whether you visit Shale Hollow Park, or Deer Haven Park, or any of the 11 parks and multi-use trails, you will find beautiful and serene settings in varying habitats.
Delaware is also home to the Olentangy Indian Caverns. Formed millions of years ago by the tremendous force of an underground river cutting through solid limestone rock, the Olentangy Indian Caverns today offer an exciting excursion into ancient Indian lore with a maze of beautiful winding passages and spacious underground rooms.
4. Historic Vibes
Delaware has a wonderful history that has been preserved in its architecture and communities.
From the City of Delaware’s website:
“Long before the City of Delaware came into existence, Mingo, and Shawnee Indian tribes lived in the area and settlements were established where the future town would develop.
In 1804, Moses Byxbe arrived in central Ohio. He had acquired a large number of land grants which were part of the United States Military lands, given in payment to Revolutionary War soldiers. In the spring of 1808, Byxbe laid out a town on the east bank of the Olentangy River but a few days later changed his mind about the most suitable location and platted the town on the west bank.
On May 9, 1808, Byxbe filed or, “platted” the, “plan of the town of Delaware,” marking the real beginning of the present City of Delaware.”
Delaware is home to Ohio Wesleyan University and the birthplace of Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president of the United States.
Rich in heritage, Delaware County has many buildings and areas listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Historic Downtown Delaware. Downtown Delaware has been designated a Preserve America Community by the White House, a Best Hometown by Ohio Magazine, and also has the distinction of being a top Main Street community.
There’s nothing more “Delaware” than Jug Day. In 2019, nearly 50,000 people attended.
3. Excellent Schools
Delaware County is home to several outstanding school districts: Olentangy, Delaware City, Buckeye Valley and Big Walnut.
Many of our schools at all levels receive top ratings on Greatschools.com. Olentangy Liberty High School was ranked the 10th best high school in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report, and Olentangy Orange High School was ranked #12.
2. A Vibrant Downtown
Delaware is so, so proud of its historic downtown, home to many of our favorite restaurants, shops, offices and the SJV office space.
The downtown has had more than $60 million private dollars invested over the last 10 years.
The downtown is home to First Fridays, a Farmers Market, Christmas in Downtown, the Performance Classic Car Show, an annual arts festival, and so much more.
1. A Warm Community
Above all else, Delaware Ohio is home to the warmest, kindest community you’ll ever meet. We say it and believe it with our whole hearts. From all of us at the SJV Group, we welcome you home to Delaware, Ohio.