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Best Hometowns 2022

This year, we honor Athens, Bellefontaine, Kent, Perrysburg and Versailles. 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 2022-23 we recognize Athens, Bellefontaine, Kent, Perrysburg and Versailles. 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. 

Three Ohio University students biking on Athens’ Hockhocking Adena Bikeway (photo by Michelle Waters)
Athens: This college town in southeast Ohio thrives with a welcoming atmosphere, appreciation of the arts and inspiring community collaboration. Read about our 2022 Best Hometown, Athens.

Parents and children walking outside Bellefontaine’s Logan County Courthouse (photo by Matt Shiffler)
Bellefontaine: This city located 60 miles northwest of Columbus is experiencing a downtown revival that is shining a light on historic properties while reinventing them for a new generation. Read about our 2022 Best Hometown, Bellefontaine.

Parents and children walking in Kent’s Franklin Mills Riveredge Park (photo by Kevin Kopanski)
Kent: The relationship between college and community is strong here, thanks to a downtown design that connects campus and city, innovative collaborations and new development. Read about our 2022 Best Hometown, Kent.

Parents, children and dog walking in downtown Perrysburg (photo by Casey Rearick)
Perrysburg: This northwest Ohio town built on history continues to thrive with its inviting shopping districts, outstanding schools and family-friendly environment. Read about our 2022 Best Hometown, Perrysburg.

Man and woman walking in downtown Versailles by fountain (photo by Matthew Allen)
Versailles: This rural village of 2,600 residents offers great schools, a welcoming small-town feel and a longtime local company that helps make the community an inviting place to call home. Read about our 2022 Best Hometown, Versailles.