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Best Hometowns 2019–20

This year, we honor Fremont, Hamilton, Hartville, Gallipolis and Newark — five communities that make us proud to call Ohio home.

Each fall, we celebrate cities and villages throughout Ohio that embody the best of small-town living and what makes life here so special. Whether you're looking to make a weekend visit or eyeing something a little more permanent, these five communities across the Buckeye State will make you feel right at home. 

Downtown Fremont
Fremont: The Sandusky River runs through this northwest Ohio community that has deep ties to American history, lots of outdoor recreation and a great downtown. — Read Story

Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market
Hartville: This Stark County village offers a taste of country living with its inviting downtown shops and beloved destinations that draw travelers from near and far. — Read Story

Downtown Gallipolis
Gallipolis: 
This village settled by French immigrants in 1790 embraces the past and looks to the future with downtown revitalization and a stellar public library. — Read Story

Marcum Park in Hamilton
Hamilton: 
This Butler County community is home to vibrant public art, welcoming businesses and an initiative that highlights the city’s 17 neighborhoods.  — Read Story

Downtown Newark
Newark: 
Licking County’s largest city has reinvented its downtown with upgrades that play on local history while creating a strong sense of community. — Read Story

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