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Best Hometowns 2021

This year, we honor Centerville, Chillicothe, Delaware, Sandusky and Wadsworth. These five communities embody the characteristics that make us proud to call Ohio home.

Each year we celebrate communities across Ohio that make the Buckeye State such a special place to call home by bestowing our Best Hometowns honor. For 2021-22 we recognize Centerville, Chillicothe, Delaware, Sandusky and Wadsworth. To determine the honorees, Ohio Magazine solicited nominations and conducted site visits across the state during the summer. The editors evaluated the nominees in six categories — Community Spirit, Education, Entertainment, Health and Safety, Business Environment and Culture and Heritage. 

Couple walking by Walton House Museum
Centerville: This Montgomery County city boasts a wealth of recreation, family-friendly events, welcoming businesses and a strong sense of community support. Read

Couple walking outside the Atwood House Bed and Breakfast
Chillicothe: The original capital of Ohio turns to the future with new development that is reviving the look and feel of this charming and historic town. Read

Family playing at Boardman Arts Park
Delaware: This central Ohio city offers a vibrant downtown, great community events and a wide range of arts and entertainment. Read

People hanging out at Schade-Mylander Plaza
Sandusky: This Erie County city embraces its location along the Lake Erie shore with new development that is changing both the face of downtown and the community. Read

Family at gazebo in downtown Wadsworth
Wadsworth: This Medina County city has seen a surge of new downtown businesses in the past five years, providing an added boost to an already forward-looking community. Read

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