Less than one hour from Columbus, Chillicothe is a micropolitan community that has attracted young entrepreneurs – as evidenced by taking a stroll through the city’s historic downtown district.

With close proximity to both Columbus and Cincinnati (just two hours away), our community enjoys easy access to US 23 (north/south), US 35 and US 50 (east/west). About 60 percent of the population of the United States is located within a day’s drive from Ross County. 

Local industries, many of which are experiencing tremendous growth, have found the region to be a great place for cultivating and maintaining a skilled workforce. Located in the heart of southern Ohio, manufacturers enjoy easy access to the Heartland Corridor to the north, the Ohio River to the south and many major metropolitan areas.

In addition, access to natural resources, scenic landscapes and outdoor activities fosters an active and healthy lifestyle that makes recreation a part of your everyday life.


Chillicothe and the surrounding areas are supported by the Chillicothe City Schools, six county schools (Adena Local, Huntington Local, Paint Valley Local, Southeastern Local, Union-Scioto Local, Zane Trace Local) and three private schools (Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center. Bishop Flaget School and Ross County Christian Academy).

Ross County

Adena Local
Chillicothe City Schools
Huntington Local
Paint Valley Local
Southeastern Local
Zane Trace Local

Fairfield County

Amanda-Clearcreek Local Schools
Berne Union Local School District
Bloom-Carroll Local School District
Fairfield Union Local School District
Lancaster City School District
Pickerington Local School District
Walnut Township Local School District

 Fayette County

Miami Trace Local School District
Washington Court House City School District

Jackson County

Jackson City School District
Oak Hill Union Local School District
Wellston City School District

Highland County

Bright Local School District
Greenfield Exempted Village Schools
Hillsboro City School District
Lynchburg-Clay Local School District

Pike County

Eastern Local School District
Union-Scioto Local
Waverly City School District
Western Local Schools

In addition, continuing/higher education and workforce development is available through Ohio University - Chillicothe.

Things to Do

South Central Ohio is an area filled with a variety of activities to peak the interests of every person. From museums to live shows to leisurely strolls on a scenic path, Ross County and the surrounding counties have something for everyone.

Art, Music & Theater

The region hosts dozens of festivals and events throughout the year, including the Circleville Pumpkin Festival; the Feast of the Flowering Moon, which celebrates the Native American Culture that is so rich to our area’s history; the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival; and Frankfort’s annual International Sunflower Festival.

If you’re interested in our area’s rich history, visit “Tecumseh” – an outdoor dramatization of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700s.

The region’s history is also on display at the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, which features mounds dating back to 200 B.C. These earthen mounds – built more than 2,000 years ago -- grace the area landscape and are living remnants of the Hopewell culture.

To learn more, visit the Chillicothe Visitors Bureau and Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce.

Air Travel

Close Proximity to Airports in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton

Because of Chillicothe’s centralized location, residents are a car ride away from a number of air travel options.

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