Cities of Celina, Cuyahoga Falls, Grove City, Lancaster and Sharonville (graphic by Rachael Jirousek, photos by Matthew Allen, Megan Leigh Barnard and Rachael Jirousek)
Ohio Life | Best Hometowns

Ohio’s Best Hometowns 2023

This year, we honor Celina, Cuyahoga Falls, Grove City, Lancaster and Sharonville. 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 2023-24 we recognize Celina, Cuyahoga Falls, Grove City, Lancaster and Sharonville. 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. To learn more about Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometown honor, visit

Women with shopping bags walking in downtown Celina (photo by Doug Hinebaugh)
Celina: Located along Grand Lake St. Marys, this agricultural area of Ohio embraces its shore-town appeal with waterfront development and downtown businesses that cater to residents and travelers alike. Read about our Best Hometown 2023: Celina

Two people kayaking on the Cuyahoga River in Cuyahoga Falls (photo by Kevin Kopanski)
Cuyahoga Falls: This riverfront city offers easy access to both Cleveland and Akron, a revitalized downtown district and a range of outdoor recreation options that span hiking, climbing and kayaking. Read about our Best Hometown 2023: Cuyahoga Falls

Family walking on path at Grove City’s Gardens at Gantz (photo by Megan Leigh Barnard)
Grove City: This Columbus suburb embraces new development that connects past and present and creates a small-town atmosphere with the amenities of city living. Read about our Best Hometown 2023: Grove City

Three women walking in downtown Lancaster (photo by Megan Leigh Barnard)
Lancaster: A rich history, downtown revival and location with easy access to both Columbus and the Hocking Hills make this Fairfield County community a great place to live and visit. Read about our Best Hometown 2023: Lancaster

Women walking dog in downtown Sharonville (photo by Matthew Allen)
Sharonville: A strong business base supports this suburban city just outside Cincinnati that is updating its historic core to further build a sense of place and community.. Read about our Best Hometown 2023: Sharonville