25 Reasons You Should Move to Granville, Ohio

Find your perfect small town just miles away from the city of Columbus

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Lydia Bernardo


Jan 21, 2021

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The Village of Granville, located in Linking Country, is a small New England style town. It has a population of 5,920 and is about 22 minutes away from Columbus. Granville is a perfect town to reside in regardless of age, race, or income.

Granville has a diverse economy and plenty of sights to see and things to do. One of the best things about Granville is that HER, REALTORS® has plenty of homes for sale. In case you aren't sold on moving to Granville, we’ll give you 25 reasons that will make you want to move for sure.

Without further ado, here they are!

1. #1 in Best Places to Live in Licking County

large newly constructed home in Granville Ohio
Find the perfect house to raise your family in. New construction and previously owned both available. Image courtesy of HER, REALTORS®.  

According to Niche's Best Places to Live in Licking County Granville was voted number one. This quiet and quaint little town on the outskirts of Columbus has everything you need in driving distance. Whether you’re a young professional, large family, or retired empty nesters you’ll be sure to find your place.

A comfortable and pretty place to live. The down-town area is very cute with lots of restaurants and opportunities to go out with friends. The town itself is maintained spectacularly and is a wonderful place to live. - Niche Review

2. Great Place for Young Professionals

young professionals in office setting working together
Live in Granville but experience the perks of working in a big city. Image courtesy of Pexels.

Columbus is a great city where many professionals come to begin their careers. However, the cost of city living can be outrageous. In Granville, the cost of living isn’t bad for those with a job. Jobs in Granville have increased by 0.7% and the average commute time is four minutes shorter than the national average.

3. Excellent Place to Raise a Family

family at kitchen island making breakfast
Raising a child is hard enough. Move to Granville to make it a little easier. Image courtesy of Pexels.

For individuals living in Granville, the median age is 29. In reality today, around 29 or 30 years old, individuals begin to settle down and raise a family. In Granville, you will find others in your age range. Find a home so you can raise your family and find people like yourself.  

4. Great School System

Granville Intermediate School
Granville Intermediate School. Image courtesy of Quandel Construction.

For children and teens living in Granville, there are four schools - Granville elementary school, intermediate school, middle school, and high school. The public school system has 17.2 students per teacher in Granville township.

5. Private Education is Available Too

man standing outside of Granville Christian Academy
Outside of Granville Christian Academy. Image courtesy of The Newark Advocate.

Granville Christian Academy is a private school option for children living in Granville. They offer schooling to grades kindergarten to 12th. In addition to the excellent education GCA provides, they also have a great athletic program for students.

6. Safety First

crime index chart for Granville Ohio
The crime in Granville is not nearly as high as the U.S. average. Image courtesy of City-Data.com.

Granville is a very safe neighborhood. The number of cases of assault, murder, and theft is much lower than the national average. According to Niche, Granville’s Crime and Safety received an A-.  

7. Good Place to Find a Job

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Find your next career in Granville. Image courtesy of Pexels.

According to Niche, working in Granville received an A. This rating is calculated based on the statistics of employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living. Whether you're a high school student looking for a part-time job, or a retiree looking for a new career - you can find it in Granville. Check out the several jobs available on Indeed.

8. Caffeine Nearby

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Mocha from River Road Coffeehouse. Image courtesy of Yelp.

In Granville, there are two coffee shops - River Road Coffeehouse, and Village Coffee Company. Both are adorable little coffee shops which are definitely worth checking out. Stop by both and be sure to snap a picture of your beautiful coffee or sweet treat.

9. Plenty of Restaurants

slider sandwiches from Mai Chau
Three different slider sandwiches from Mai Chau on Prospect. Image courtesy of Yelp.

Granville is home to so many restaurants! They have restaurants that specialize in soul food, Vietnamese, vegetarian, Italian, Mexican, and many more! Whether you are in the mood for a slice of pizza or a vegan smoothie you’ll be sure to find what you are looking for. Check out some of the restaurants in Granville on Yelp.

10. You’ll Never Go Thirsty

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Fresh poured beer ready to drink from Three Tigers. Image courtesy of Yelp.

Just like how Granville is full of restaurants, there are many places to go socialize or catch up with friends while enjoying some adult beverages. Granville is home to the Three Tigers Brewing Company and a few other pubs. Check out more bars in the area on Yelp.  

11. Visit the Shops on Broadway

shops on broadway
Photo of East Broadway on a busy day. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

In Granville, one of their main roads is East Broadway. This road is full of cute shops and restaurants you can pop in at any time. Make sure to stop by these stores to buy gifts for any occasion. Check out the plenty of stores you can find on East Broadway on Yelp.

12. Shop a Little More

sign outside Explore Licking County
Outside of Cedar and Thread. They sell beautiful accessories, clothes, and decor. Image courtesy of Explore Licking County.

Although we are hyping up East Broadway, that isn’t the only shopping district available in Granville. There is also Cedar and Thread on Lancaster Rd, and Hope Timber Garden Center on West Main St. Make sure to visit these adorable shops as well.

13. Get Educated

aerial view of Denison University
Aerial view of Denison University’s campus. Image courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch.

Denison University is located in Granville. Denison is a top liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 37%. Acceptance into Denison is a big accomplishment. Some famous alumni include Steve Carell, Michael Eisner, and Jennifer Garner. Learn more about DU on their website.  

14. Relax at the Local Winery

lower patio at Three Oaks Vineyard in Granville Ohio
Enjoy some wine and live music on the patio. Image courtesy of Ohio Wine Producers Association.

Granville is home to Three Oaks Vineyard. For wine lovers, it’s great to live close to the winery so you can stop by and pick up a bottle during their hours of operation, but they also have many events! You can bring the family to enjoy live music and food trucks. Make sure to check their event schedule before going!

15. Learn About the History of Granville

outside the Granville Historical Society Museum
Outside of the Granville Historical Society Museum. Image courtesy of Facebook.  

Visit The Granville Historical Society, a specialty museum that focuses on the history of Granville. You can find out more about the Society and hours of operation on their website. If you are interested in finding out more, a virtual tour is available online.  

16. Learn More About History

Avery-Downer House
Visit the Robbins Hunter Museum to explore the history of the Avery-Downer House. Image courtesy of Robbins Hunter Museum.

While on the topic of museums, we might as well introduce the Robbins Hunter Museum. The museum focuses on the importance of the Avery-Downer House. The museum takes pride in the appreciation of the architecture, significant items, and the stories of the people who have lived there. Find out more about the museum and plan your visit on their website.

17. Go Golfing

men with golf bags walking at the Denison Golf Club
If you are in need of some family bonding or looking for something to do with friends, take advantage of the beautiful Denison Golf Club. Image courtesy of Denison University.

Whether you are a lifetime golfer or looking to take up a new hobby, Granville has a beautiful golf club. Denison Golf Club is recognized as one of the top golfing facilities in Central Ohio. Visit their website to find out more about the membership, golf course, tee times, and specials events.

18. Experience Lake Hudson

lake Hudson in Granville Ohio
Take the family to Lake Hudson for a day of family fun. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Something that many Ohio Natives don’t typically realize is all the body of waters around! For example, Lake Hudson is located in Granville! Take the family to the lake for a swim, fishing trip, or boat ride. Living close to a lake allows for so much family fun and bonding opportunities!

19. Go Hiking

greenery on one of the trails at Spring Valley Nature Preserve
The trails at Spring Valley Nature Preserve are so Picturesque. Image courtesy of Licking Land Trust.

Spring Valley Nature Preserve is located in Granville and is full of wooded nature trails. There are 11 different nature trails to choose from. Spring Valley also has a shelter that can be rented out for private events. Find out more on the website.

20. Have Fun Outside

Wildwood Park Castle Looking Playground
Playground at Wildwood Park. Image courtesy of Granville Recreation District.

Along with Spring Valley Nature Preserve, there are plenty of other parks nearby which are great for picnics or recreational fun. Granville is also home to Wildwood Park, and Raccoon Valley Park. Both of these parks have playgrounds for children and open fields for recreational sports or picnics. You can visit the Granville Recreation District website for more information.

21. Visit the Bryn Du Mansion

outside of the Bryn Du Mansion
Outside of the Bryn Du Mansion. Polo games happen often in this open grass area. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Bryn Du Mansion is a place where you can hold private events, attend public events, or enroll in their programs. The Bryn Du Mansion has lots of art programs. If you’d like to find out more about what the Bryn Du Mansion has to offer or if you are interested in booking a private event, visit their website.  

22. Excellent Self-Care Services

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Outside of the relaxing Newkirk Salon Spa. Image courtesy of What's Hot Ohio.

Granville is home to several spas. To name some of the well-recognized spas there is Eleven Massage, Newkirk Salon Spa, and Feel Good Bodyworks. All three of these spas offer massage therapy. Newkirk also offers hair, nail, and waxing services as well. Since moving to a new city can be stressful, visit one of these day spas to pamper yourself.

23. Visit America’s Only Funground

little kid playing laser tag
Take the family to Laser Tag at America’s only funground. Image courtesy Lazy River At Granville.

The Lazy River at Granville prides itself on being America’s only funground. It is a campground that has amenities open to the public. Some of the best amenities include the swimming pool, zipline, sand volleyball, and laser tag. This is a great play to have family stay when visiting, visit for a day, or host a birthday party. Visit more on their website.

24. Attend Special Events

aerial view of the Thanksgiving Farmers Market
Every year Granville hosts a Thanksgiving Farmers Market. Image courtesy of Granville, Ohio.

One of the benefits of living in a small town is having a town website. The website has a page dedicated to events happening so you’ll never be bored. They post about events all year long, even including the winter months. To find out more about the area or events going on visit the website.

25. Plenty of Houses For Sale

beautiful historical home located on West Broadway in Granville
Beautiful historical home located on West Broadway. Call to tour it today. Image courtesy of HER, REALTORS®.

The last reason to move to Granville is an obvious one - there are so many beautiful houses for sale! Thanks to HER, REALTORS®, they have plenty of houses available. Contact them today to tour your dream home.

Hopefully, these 25 reasons on why you should move to Granville have you sold on moving. Regardless of age, race, or family size - you’ll be sure to find your niche.
Don't forget to check out the houses for sale by HER, REALTORS®! You’ll be turning one of the beautiful houses into a home in no time. Have fun in Granville and happy house hunting!

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