LIVING HERE: Geauga County
Maple Highlands Bike Trail in Chardon (Geauga County) / Photo: Bruce Bennett
Geauga County is known for its rural vibe, quaint communities and thriving Amish population. Locally owned shops, restaurants, bed & breakfasts and seasonal festivals lure visitors seeking an escape to the countryside, while commuters enjoy living off the beaten path with easy access to Cleveland to the west and Akron to the south.
• Population: 11,464
• Median Household Income: $115,357
• Median Home Value: $147,200
Bainbridge offers convenient access to the highways that connect Cleveland to its eastern and southern suburbs, while also allowing residents to enjoy a peaceful, rural lifestyle. Bainbridge has excellent public schools and is a top-rated community for families. For more information, contact Bainbridge Township at 440.543.9871; bainbridgetwp.com.
Horse-drawn Amish vehicles are a common site on Burton's country roads.
• Population: 1,266
• Median Household Income: $50,625
• Median Home Value: $197,658
Burton, with its rolling farm fields, open pastures and surrounding Amish communities, is rich in history and culture. The village of Burton hosts the oldest fair in Ohio, the Great Geauga County Fair, and also attracts thousands of visitors each year to its Apple Butter Festival. For more information, contact Burton Township at 440.834.1500; burtontownship.org.
• Population: 5,171
• Median Household Income: $67,944
• Median Home Value: $177,000
The city of Chardon’s quaint, shop-filled public square, numerous events and activities for all ages, highly rated schools and proximity to the shores of Lake Erie make it a safe, desirable location for many families. Chardon is also known for its maple syrup, celebrated annually at the Geauga County Maple Festival. For more information, contact City of Chardon at 440.286.2600;chardon.cc.
• Population: 10,317
• Median Household Income: $77,863
• Median Home Value: $222,100
Referred to by locals as Chesterland, this township has the second largest population in Geauga County and yet maintains its rural, country-living vibe. Older professionals and retirees make up the majority of Chesterland’s population, according to Niche.com, and the highly rated schools attract many families. For more information, contact Chester Township at 440.729.7058; chestertwp.com.
• Population: 2,707
• Median Household Income: $47,319
• Median Home Value: $155,200
Middlefield, whose motto is “Where Families Grow Strong,” is the center of the fourth largest Amish settlement in the world, as well as one of the most thriving communities of its size in the region. Local businesses and industries are growing, while residents enjoy a high tax base, low unemployment, low utility rates and low real-estate taxes. For more information, contactVillage of Middlefield at 440.632.5248; middlefieldohio.com.
Located in Russell Township, this geodesic dome was built in 1959 as the world headquarters of ASM International.
• Population: 5,222
• Median Household Income: $106,522
• Median Home Value: $276,500
South Russell is a residential community that maintains both a suburban and rural feel. Located on the western edge of the county, residents enjoy its proximity to the charming village of Chagrin Falls and an easy commute to greater Cleveland’s eastern communities. Families are drawn to its excellent public schools. For more information, contact Village of South Russell at 440.338.6700; southrussell.com.