Westerville is located in the northeast corner of Ohio’s fastest growing region, with about 37,000 residents. The city is a leader in job creation and it is located just 10 miles from the airport and the state capital of Columbus, giving residents the best of both rural and urban life. Westerville’s heritage dates back to 1809, and some of the original charm of the city still exists in various areas, particularly those neighborhoods near Otterbein college. Westerville’s natural beauty along with careful planning make it a great place to call home.
Emergency response teams (police, fire, ems) are some of the best and fastest in the nation, with an average response time of 4 minutes, nearly half the national average, making Westerville a very safe place to live and raise a family. The city also offers tons of fun and entertainment for residents and visitors of all ages. The city hosts professional bike races, Music & Arts Festivals, concerts in the park, and huge Independence Day celebrations. And with 41 different parks or recreation facilities, including a state-of-the-art community recreation center, recreational opportunities abound in Westerville.
Although the city is rapidly growing and provides many urban resources, many of the buildings and homes will remind visitors and residents of Westerville’s humble roots. The city has a plethora of specialty and antique shops along with other attractions. Additionally, Westerville has dedicated resources to restoring and renovating community treasures like the historic Everal Barn. Westerville is also regarded as a Tree City USA, with more than 20,000 street trees, and we’ve taken care to highlight our streams, waterways, and other unique physical characteristics.
2013 has been announced as the “Year of the Arts” in Westerville, which means tons of opportunities for getting involved in artistic and cultural events. Also, all events are free and open the the public! The yearlong celebration of our community’s arts organizations will spotlight all of the community’s arts organizations including visual and performance arts. Westerville Parks and Recreation, Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library, Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, the Westerville Art League and Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce have planned a variety of community special events.
The Westerville Public Library, consistently rated among the best libraries of its size in the United States, is a community jewel. Located just south of the historic Uptown District, the library is not only home to hundreds of thousands of different books, periodicals, and other resources, but it also serves to preserve Westerville’s history.
A stroll around town easily illustrates Westerville’s commitment to quality education on all levels. The Westerville School District maintains more than twenty schools, including three high schools and three specialized curriculum K-5 schools for the Arts, Global Studies, and Math/Science. Be it in the classroom with multiple National Merit Scholars annually, or on the field with state championships, excellence is the expectation not the goal.
Otterbein College, a community and cultural staple since 1847, is annually rated as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country. Boasting 3,000 students from 30 states and more than 30 foreign countries, Otterbein offers more than 50 Baccalaureate and Master level majors. Always a trendsetter, Otterbein was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to admit women without restrictions, the first to include women on its faculty, and one of the first to admit students of color. Aside from Otterbein, there are a dozen other colleges and universities in central Ohio, providing a first-rate workforce for Westerville businesses.
For more information about Westerville, Ohio, visit the city’s website here.