Moving to Delaware, OH? Here's What You Need to Know!
Established in the 1800’s, this city has a bright future
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Delaware, OH may sound like the GPS got an address mixed up, but it made Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in 2017” short list! We’re happy to show you why. Whether you’re on your way to moving there or have lived there for years, let’s take a look at why Delaware, Ohio makes a great place to live.
Delaware, OH City Services
Delaware, OH operates under the city council form of government. The city council is comprised of seven members-- three elected by the city and four elected by each ward of the city individually-- and serve terms of four years. The exceptions to this rule are the Mayor and Vice Mayor, who serve two year terms instead. All council members are part-time civil servants, and as such, they do not maintain offices at City Hall. Instead, a more personal approach is utilized with individual contact. City Council meetings are head the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7pm at City Hall. You can view profiles of each City Council member on their webpage and City Council meeting agendas (past and present) here.
The Delaware, OH police are highly respected and involved in their community. They offer many services, such as security assessments for homes and vacation checks when you’re away on holiday. Their annual basketball camp is popular, providing children with a chance to positively interact with police officers outside of their normal uniform and role while promoting an active lifestyle free of drugs. The camp is open to a maximum of 50 children on a first-come, first-served basis.
The local Fire Department offers more than just services in times of emergency. They also offer car seat checks, home inspections for adoption or fostering, and CPR classes. You can also schedule a tour, which the kids love!
The City of Delaware, OH has a city income tax and corresponding department. The city income tax is 1.85% in accordance with Chapter 192 of Delaware’s codified ordinance. This tax is on income earned by residents, resident businesses, non-resident individuals and non-resident businesses earning income in the City of Delaware, OH. The FAQ on the city’s website provides more information, and you can file online or in person.
The City of Delaware website has loads of other useful information. There you can find the information above, as well as information on Water & Sewage, Licenses & Permits, Waste Disposal, and the Airport. The webpage also has updates and notifications about meetings, office closures, and the local radio show. Other information on the website includes Economic Development, Careers, Vendors, and the Municipal Court. The Visitor’s section is packed with ideas and information about local events, museums, and attractions.
Deleware's Residential Info & Schools
There are homes available for sale and rent in Delaware, OH. According to Niche.com, the median rent is $896/month and the median home value is $166,700. The majority of people here own their homes and have either a bachelor’s degree or some form of higher education. Many also have their master’s degree. Children under 10 years of age make up about 15% of the population, teenagers about 10% and 12% are young adults (17 years or older).
The job market is rich, with a median household income at $62,154. In fact, the unemployment rate is only 2%, which is 63% lower than the national average!
Politically, most folks in Delaware are conservative.
Delaware is also a member of Nextdoor, a neighborhood networking app. According to AreaVibes.com, it’s also highly ranked among Ohio cities. It’s 7% less expensive than other cities in the United States, and overall crime is down 27%. All of Delaware’s crime statistics are much lower than the national averages-- approximately 30% less than the national average overall.
Delaware, OH is also home to a number of excellent schools. There are 17 public schools with excellent reviews, a few highly-rated private schools, and three colleges. Graduation rates are 90%, school scores are 79%, both of which are higher than the national average as well. These high scores are no doubt almost a direct result of the lower-than-national-average ratio of 13 students to 1 teacher. With fewer students to teachers, there’s more room for personalized attention and individualized approaches to learning. There’s also more structure, because Teachers have more control over classrooms, and a higher chance to build a positive report with each other.
The city’s public transportation is courtesy of DATA-- Delaware County Transit system-- which offers both fixed routes and on-demand routes. Both have different pricing. The fixed routes cost .50 to $1, depending on your age. All DATA busses are handicapped accessible. However, for special cases where specific users are unable to utilize regular busses, DATA also offers Paratransit. Paratransit is a shared-ride service, and it’s completely complementary to those with disabilities that prevent them from using regular buses (even with adaptations in place). You can find more information about DATA service on their FAQ page.
Business in Delaware
Located in the Columbus region of Ohio, Delaware is part of a massively diverse metropolitan area with loads of business opportunities and the land to build them on. And as you’ve read already, it’s also a fabulous place for families looking to relocate with the business the area brings.
Whether you’re looking to start your own company or already have an existing company you’re looking to stabilize or expand, Delaware County has the economic development you’re looking for. Delaware County Economic Development has resources for employment, property, financing, marketing, communications, even advice on how to navigate the local government and utilities.
The City of Delaware, Ohio Economic Development & Entrepreneur Center is another fantastic business resource. They offer two Business Concierges and a staff of volunteers who will personally meet with you to discuss your business needs or even simply walk you through a simple permit request at any time. They also offer financing assistance, help finding facilities and property, and even offer business incentives such as the Community Reinvestment Area Property Tax Abatement and special clean energy financing. If you wish to start a business, they can match you with a mentor and help you with every stage, from planning to opening to staying open. They have tons of resources for other business-related things, from building permits to all of the city’s economic plans, studies, and reports.
Shopping, Food & Entertainment
Historic downtown Delaware was established in 1808, and has an amazing assortment of retail, food & drink, and entertainment venues plus loads of fun events.
Shopping in Delaware, OH
Downtown bustles with booming small businesses. The Greater Gouda is a fine foods and cheese shop located on Sandusky Street. Described as a “country store with a gourmet touch,” The Great Gouda offers a great selection of jams, pastas, wine, bread, candy, and-- of course-- cheese! And so much more! Owners Terri and Mark have filled this little store to the brim with wonderful tastes for every palette, and even offer catering and recipes. Their passion for food also translates to the community through charity work with United Way and the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, as well as other charities in the area.
Also on Sandusky Street is Gameplay Unlimited, where you can buy, sell or trade any kind of game from old Atari to new Xbox. With a constantly revolving collection, the gamers in your family will want to check back here often. If they like comics and graphic novels, have them slide over to Secret Identity Comics on North Franklin.
On West Winter Street, you’ll find Pure-N-Simple Natural Foods. They offer clean foods and household products, handmade soaps, essential oils, and anything else you’ll need for a clean life.
You can find all of the retail listings in downtown Delaware here-- there’s something for everyone to do!
Delaware's Food Scene
Old Dog Alehouse & Brewery offers a menu featuring farm-to-table options that change with the seasons. But the real star of the show is their independant beer selection from across the nation as well as selections from their own nano-brewery. They offer wine as well, and catering for events. A newer restaurant-- it only opened in 2018-- you can also order your food online and have it ready (or almost ready) when you arrive!
If you’re in the historic district, look for Mohio Pizza, famous for their dough. At Mohio’s, it’s not just a pizza-- it’s a homemade pizza pie. Cocktails, beer, and wine flesh out a dinner of some of the freshest pizza you’ll ever have. Located on Sandusky Street, they’re not open as late as other pizzarias-- so make sure to grab a slice while you’re there!
If its sweets you’re craving, be sure to stop at independently-owned Ollie’s Ice Cream. They have the classics like Vanilla, but signature flavors include Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Coffee Cookies & Cream. Yum-o, we say! Especially since they do catering-- wouldn’t you just love an ice-cream cake from these guys as a sweet treat on your big day?
Main Street Delaware & Other Cool Stuff
Main Street Delaware is an organization entirely run by and with volunteers. They specifically advocate for downtown businesses. They provide one-on-one assistance with anything a business could need, lightening local government's burden and increasing networking and partnerships between businesses. They also do tons of research and planning for local community needs, and run a bunch of cool events.
First Fridays are a favorite event, featuring a selection of vendors and local entertainment. Each event is themed, and new vendors are always being added to the roster! And from May through October, you can visit the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday. The Farmer’s Market features produce, baked goods, plants, and crafts all from locals.
They also run signature programs, such as Brickscape and Christmas in Downtown. Main Street Delaware is also responsible for the beautification of downtown.
While you’re exploring downtown, check out CoHatch. It’s located in the old Gazette building, and now features a multitude of offices, meeting rooms, a coworking space, theatre, and socializing spaces including a patio with a gas grill.
Delaware Parks & Recreation
The parks in Delaware, OH are large and gorgeous nature preserves featuring a variety of activities. All of the parks are part of Delaware County’s Preservation Parks system, which maintains and promotes the parks. Amenities vary from park to park-- so check out the directory to learn more about the specific park you’re going to visit-- but typical amenities include multi-use trails, picnic areas, wildlife preservation areas, kayaking, and natural play areas for children.
The parks aren’t just for warm-weather entertainment, either. Marathons run all year round, and there are winter activities including bird walks, full moon hikes, crochet lessons, animal and nature education, and homeschool visits.
One of the more unique entertainment offerings from Delaware is the Delaware Digest Radio Show. The station runs several programs, including Hockey Talk, Bible Matters, and the music-focused Remedy Radio. They also run podcasts. Everything about 92.2 FM is local and proud of it.
One of the oldest movie theatres in the United States, The Strand Theatre on E. Winter Street in downtown is non-profit with great prices. It’s historical, so don’t expect the modern seating. However, they offer a great selection of movies and affordable concession prices, as well as free kid’s shows in the summer.
Perkins Observatory offers a unique night out under the stars-- because of the stars, too! Founded in 1923, the observatory conducts hundreds of programs all year long. There are both regular and specialty programs, so check out the website! Purchase tickets online in advance with debit or credit cards, and be sure to use the directions listed on their website-- apparently there’s an issue with other online directions. If you love your experience, consider becoming one of their volunteers!
There is so much more to Delaware, Ohio than we can possibly fit into one article! We’ve tried to give you a taste of things that it has to offer, but we think the best possible thing that any town or city could offer is its residents.
People make or break a place. And the people of Delaware, Ohio are definitely making it! We know we’ve missed some things-- probably a lot of things-- but if you have lived in Delaware, Ohio (or live there now), please drop some suggestions for future articles in the comments below! And if you’re moving there soon, drop us some questions, too!