LIVING HERE: Medina County Communities
Princess Ledges Nature Preserve in Brunswick is a tranquil, wooded area featuring a 1-mi. hiking loop.
• Population: 34,578
• Median Household Income: $64,706
• Median Home Value: $159,400
Brunswick is the largest city in Medina County, just south of Cleveland on Interstate 71 and convenient to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Still, it retains its small-town, community-oriented vibe, having been listed as one of the top ten towns in the U.S for families by Family Circle Magazine (2008) and among the top ten safest cities in Ohio according to Alarms.com (2019). Cuyahoga Community College and The University of Akron have campuses in Brunswick, and University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth all have medical facilities here. With strong commercial and industrial sectors, attracted by highway access and workforce training opportunities, Brunswick is experiencing growth in the business sector. Yet it also has over 335 acres of green space and a highly rated school system—including a new, state-of -the-art middle school opening fall 2020. For more information, contact City of Brunswick at 330.225.9144; brunswick.oh.us.
• Population: 656
• Median Household Income: $53,594
• Median Home Value: $130,700
This neighborly community in southern Medina County is located on one of the largest natural inland lakes in Ohio. Chippewa Lake Park, originally developed in the late 1800s as a prosperous vacation resort, offers residents ample recreational amenities and even boasts its own waterski show team. The village of Chippewa Lake is surrounded by Lafayette Township (see entry for Lafayette Township) and is served by the Cloverleaf Local School District. For more information, contact Village of Chippewa Lake at 330.769.3895; chippewalake.net.
• Population: 4,615
• Median Household Income: $100,408
• Median Home Value: $273,100
With 2020 marking the 200th anniversary of Granger Township, this community on the eastern edge of the county retains its rural charm while boasting easy access to Interstates 71 and 271. Upscale homes make Granger an attractive location for executives from the Akron and Cleveland areas, while families appreciate the excellent schools. Granger is served by the Highland Local School District, ranked #1 in Medina County by Niche.com. Overall, Granger Township receives an A from Niche.com for its family-friendliness and housing options. For more information, contact Granger Township at 330.239.3611; grangertwp.org.
Hinckley Lake has 87 surface acres of water, which makes it the largest inland lake within the Cleveland Metroparks.
• Population: 7,927
• Median Household Income: $88,750
• Median Home Value: $312,500
Hinckley, in the northwest corner of Medina County, is known throughout Ohio—and nationally—as the “Home of the Buzzards.” Each spring, the town marks the return of migrating vultures with a celebration that draws as many as 50,000 visitors. However, residents of Hinckley know there is much more to their community than that. With the slogan “Small Town, Big Hearts,” the town takes pride in its community garden, free snowplow removal for seniors and other neighbor-oriented amenities. Nature lovers are also drawn to the area. The stunning Hinckley Reservation, part of the Cleveland Metroparks, is a popular birding spot and features a large lake enjoyed by anglers and paddle-sport enthusiasts. For more information, contact Hinckley Township at 330.278.4181;hinckleytwp.org.
• Population: 5,700
• Median Household Income: $70,139
• Median Home Value: $179,600
Situated immediately southwest of the city of Medina, Lafayette Township features excellent roads and ready access to a wide array of shopping venues and conveniences while retaining a relaxed and rural flavor. The Township boasts the largest natural lake in Ohio, the historic and scenic Chippewa Lake, which is preserved as part of the Medina County Park District. Lafayette Township has recently developed a Technology Park, featuring the Medina County University Center affiliated with The University of Akron. The University Center brings together a unique blend of traditional college coursework and workforce development programs. For more information, contact Lafayette Township at 330.725.6515; lafayettetownship.com.
• Population: 3,363
• Median Household Income: $46,324
• Median Home Value: $207,900
Residents of this small, unincorporated community nine miles northwest of Medina enjoy a rural, family-oriented lifestyle. Litchfield is served by the Buckeye School District and offers many programs and activities for youth. The heart of Litchfield is Circle Park, where residents gather for ice cream socials, holiday celebrations and band concerts. The Litchfield Town Band, founded in 1901, was recently honored by the Ohio History Center with a historical marker next to the park’s gazebo. For more information, contact Litchfield Township at 330.723.6966; litchfieldtownship.com.
• Population: 2,789
• Median Household Income: $36,207
• Median Home Value: $88,300
With small-town charm, wonderful parks and many retailers, dining establishments and service providers for residents to choose from, Lodi offers affordability with easy access to Interstates 71 and 76. Lodi also boasts a hospital that is part of the Cleveland Clinic Akron General health system, a state-of-the-art branch of Medina County Library, land available for new development and a commitment to commercial and residential growth while preserving the town’s heritage. For more information, contact Village of Lodi at 330.948.2040; villageoflodi.com.
Residents shop the Medina Farmers Market for locally grown fruits and vegetables every Saturday, May-October,
on Medina Public Square. / Photo: Annette Miller
• Population: 26,445
• Median Household Income: $60,706
• Median Home Value: $160,700
Located 25 miles west of Akron, the city of Medina is also the county seat. Medina was recently recognized as one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine in the categories of Education, Entertainment, Health and Safety, Business Environment and Culture and Heritage, making it an exceptional place to work, raise a family and retire. The city is surrounded by numerous county parks and preserves. It’s also home to acclaimed public, parochial and career-tech schools, an array of respected healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Historic Medina Public Square, which draws thousands of visitors to activities such as the Medina Ice Festival, Candlelight Walk, Farmers Market and free summer concerts, features picturesque Victorian architecture, charming boutiques and trendy eateries. For more information, contact City of Medina at 330.722.9020; medinaoh.org.
• Population: 2,505
• Median Household Income: $55,188
• Median Home Value: $141,400
In the gently rolling farmland of southern Medina County, the residents of Seville enjoy all the advantages of rural-suburban living, within minutes from the intersection of Interstates 71 and 76. Settled in 1816, Seville has many century homes and historical sites reflecting its heritage, while residents also enjoy a property tax abatement of up to 50% for new construction (15 years) and renovations (12 years). The center of town is filled with antique shops, boutiques and eateries, and four city parks provide bike trails, ball fields, nature trails and ADA-accessible picnic areas. For more information, contact Village of Seville at 330.769.4146; villageofseville.org.
Residents of Wadsworth join Santa at the annual Candlelight Walk to enjoy carriage rides, carolers and other holiday fun.
Photo: Medina County Visiotrs Bureau
• Population: 22,578
• Median Household Income: $62,607
• Median Home Value: $162,300
Wadsworth is located in the southwestern corner of the county, along I-76 between I-77 and I-71, offering an easy commute to Akron. According to the city’s website, Wadsworth is the third-fastest-growing city in Northeast Ohio and the fourth-fastest in the state, with a unique mix of families who have lived here for generations and families who have recently discovered this blossoming city. Wadsworth combines big-city amenities with a charming downtown Main Street. A vibrant business community, a municipal airport, highly rated schools, municipally-owned electric, internet and cable services and a dedicated plan for economic revitalization and historic preservation make Wadsworth is a livable city on the rise. For more information, contact City of Wadsworth at 330.335.1521; wadsworthcity.com.