LIVING HERE: Wayne County

Farms and wineries, parks and culture— like much of Northeast Ohio, Wayne County offers the relaxed attitude of a rural setting with the excitement of great entertainment and cultural experiences you’d expect only in big cities. The countryside is beautiful, and the quality of life is outstanding. With its relatively low cost of living and affordable property rates, Wayne County is a great place to live. The area invests in its youth through not only the public school system but also the College of Wooster, one of Ohio’s finest liberal arts colleges, which enrolls about 2,000 students. For more information: Wayne County,

Smuckers Sign
The J.M. Smucker Company is headquartered in Orrville.

The small city of Orrville hosts The J.M. Smucker Co., the Schantz Organ Company, SmithFoods Inc. and many more industries. With a population of almost 9,000, the city has continued to grow and redevelop, from its newly developed industrial parks, to an upgraded downtown area and the city’s park system. For more information, contact City of Orrville at 330.684.5000;

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman (Wayne County)

With an elementary school built in 2006 and a new high school/middle school building opened in 2011, Rittman is a good place for families with children to settle down and make their home. Rittman is home to the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, a 274-acre site offering free burials for individuals who have served in the armed forces. It is one of two National Cemeteries built in Ohio, and 119 nation-wide. For more information, contact City of Rittman at 330.925.2045;

Wooster has a population of more than 26,000 and a lively atmosphere that includes economic development and a walkable downtown area with plenty of great restaurants and unique shops. In 2017-2018, Wooster was named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine. For more information, contact City of Wooster at 330.263.5200;