About the West Chester, Ohio Area
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West Chester is a civil township in Butler County, in southwestern Ohio.
Cincinnati is approximately 16 miles south of West Chester, and Dayton is 34 miles to the north.
There are two major airports within 35 miles of West Chester: the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and Dayton International Airport. The local airport is Butler County Regional airport.
West Chester is in an area geologically known as the “Cincinnati Arch.” This area has been one of the best places on the continent for collecting fossils, due to the fact that the Miami Valley was once at the bottom of an ancient ocean. The highest elevation is 980 above sea level, in the Pisgah area. Most of the pioneers were farmers who were attracted to the beauty of the area and the quality of the land.
The township consists of 22,080 acres, or approximately 35 square miles, with 72.5% zoned for residential use, 23.0% zoned for industrial use, and 4.5% zoned for commercial use.
West Chester has experienced significant growth in the last 20 years. The population has increased from 23,553 (1980 Census) to 39,703 (1990 Census). The estimated population today is approximately 56,500.
West Chester has experienced rapid growth due in particular to the development of the Interstate Road System, which connected it to the major cities of Cincinnati and Dayton. West Chester is Greater Cincinnati’s 5th largest community.
The growth of the business sector dramatically increased with the completion of a third interchange off Interstate 75 in the late 1990’s.
The development of Union Centre Boulevard has created diversity in West Chester’s economy, which was once dominated by agriculture, manufacturing and distributing. Some of the companies in Union Centre include Procter & Gamble, Liz Claiborne, Frontgate/ Cornerstone Consolidated Services, J.P. Flooring Systems Inc. and Peoples Community Bank. Union Centre Square includes the Dingle House Irish Pub and Coldwell Banker West Shell.
Another prominent employer is at University Pointe, a new $100 million, 75-acre medical complex which includes the West Chester Medical Center. West Chester Ohio businesses employ about 50,000 people and generate millions in revenue, making it one of the largest magnets for jobs in the region. The median household income in West Chester is $87,636.
More than ten colleges and universities are located within 30 miles of West Chester. These include the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Miami University, Miami University-Hamilton, Miami University-Middletown, Northern Kentucky University, College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, University of Dayton, and Wright State University and of course the new Miami University Voice of America campus in West Chester Ohio which opened in January 2009.
The average home prices in West Chester have declined from 2005 prices just like the rest of the country. 82% of the residents live in owner occupied units, and 14% are renters. Normally house values increase 3% per year. West Chester has a number of attractive subdivisions, some around golf courses, built where farms used to be. If you have any questions about Homes For Sale in West Chester, Ohio simply send me an e-mail.
The earliest inhabitants in the area were probably migrants from Asia. In Ohio, Butler County is only second to Ross County in the number of antiquities and Native American mounds discovered.
New Swedish Furniture Store IKEA opened in the spring of 2008 with approximately 339,000 square feet. Mercedes Benz Dealership West Chester Ohio with Volvo Dealership directly across the street.
West Chester is home to a variety of parks, which host many seasonal events throughout the year, including a concert series. The 330 acre Voice of America Park and Voice of America Museum are a wonderful resource in the community. The property was presented to the community in 2000, for recreational purposes, and as a national monument. For 50 years, the Voice of America Bethany Station provided news of freedom and democracy to people in many foreign countries.
Other parks in West Chester include the 150 acre Beckett Park, located in the Union Centre Business district, and Keehner Park, located on the east fork of Mill Creek, featuring woodland trails along the water, and a mountain bike trail, in addition to athletic fields and playgrounds.
There are two private 18-hole golf and country clubs in West Chester: Beckett Ridge Country Club, and Wetherington Golf and Country Club.
In addition, there are numerous private and public courses in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Wetherington Golf and Country Club
In addition to all the cultural and entertainment happenings in nearby Cincinnati, West Chester is home to the annual West Chester Food and Wine Festival, Southwest Ohio’s premier wine event, sponsored by The Ohio Grape Industries Council every summer.
October is “Pumpkin Fest” time, and each holiday season is the Olde West Chester Christmas Walk, with a parade and community tree lighting.
Joseph McMaken was probably the earliest settler to come to West Chester. He was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in the late 1700’s. He moved into the county and applied for land in West Chester on July 4, 1791.
Butler County was named after General Richard Butler, a Revolutionary War hero.
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