Fortune Ranks West Chester 13th Best Place to Live in U.S.

Jul 18, 2023 | News, Newsletter

Vicki Eldridge
West Chester Township 

In its analysis of nearly 1,900 cities across the country by Fortune Magazine, West Chester Township ranked 13th as the Best Place to Live for Families in the U.S.  The winners of the best places to live were communities scoring high on assets including healthcare, education and resources.  Fortune factors in data like affordability, walkability, and a community’s well-being or connectedness where people can easily link to resources in neighboring towns and surrounding areas. With West Chester being centrally located off Interstate 75 between Cincinnati and Dayton, it’s easy to see why this was a prominent factor in West Chester’s selection.

Having ample healthcare resources was a major influence in West Chester making the list.  West Chester’s solid system of healthcare providers within the township, and in neighboring communities, makes it easy for residents to find a variety of reliable healthcare providers close to home.  In addition, UC Health’s West Chester Hospital provides the community with a comprehensive 216-bed, full-service premier hospital.  The hospital offers emergency medicine as a Level III trauma center, has 12 state-of-the-art operating rooms and is one of the township’s major employers.  The surrounding University Pointe medical campus also houses an abundance of ancillary medical service providers to support the community’s healthcare needs.

Another important factor when looking for a community to call home is finding a neighborhood that has quality school districts with great academic reputations located in safe environments.  West Chester is fortunate to be in the Lakota Local School District which is Ohio’s 8th largest district and consistently receives excellent ratings across the board.  West Chester’s residents demonstrate their obvious value of education with more than 50% of West Chester’s adult population having a bachelor’s degree or higher.

When making its decision, Fortune also looked at each community’s recreational activities, amenities, services and features that help support the goals of residents to remain active.

West Chester maintains more than 400 acres of recreational space with programming for all ages including concerts, festivals and classes for young people.  More than 1,500 acres of shopping, dining and entertainment amenities have been developed with more than 200 diverse restaurants and 2,200 hotel rooms available to service businesses, tourists and residential consumers.

In addition to being named Best Places to Live again, West Chester has also been awarded Ohio Business Magazine’s Best Community to do Business in Ohio for three consecutive years—2020, 2021 and 2022.  West Chester’s business environment offers a diverse and rich economy where companies continue to thrive.

The dynamic leadership of elected officials in West Chester Township is committed to blending exceptional quality-of-life amenities, defining it as a premier community with its pro-business and no earnings tax environment to continue its designation as a place where families grow and businesses prosper.

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