Life in small town Ohio moves a little slower than life in The Three C’s or any of the Buckeye State’s other large cities. With towns that have a population of less than 3,000, nearly everyone in town knows your name, your family or your face. News gets around fast, your neighbors are pretty quick to lend a helping hand and often there is a hidden gem or two tucked away in the tiny town. Here are 12 towns in Ohio where nearly everyone knows your name:
With a population of approximately 2,549, this sleepy little town is probably most known for its unusual roadside attraction displayed in the late 1920s-1960s. “The Eden of Ohio” was once home to “Eugene the Mummy,” an unidentified dead man people came from all over the state and country to see. He was displayed in the town for more than 36 years before being buried in the town cemetery in 1964.
2. Grand Rapids
This charming village is located along the southern bank of the Maumee River, just southwest of Toledo. This restored canal town is truly one of a kind, with a population of about 986. (You can even ride on a canal boat pulled by mules down the restored Miami & Erie Canal.)
With a population of just 1,032 and a total area of 0.37 square miles, the people of this Ross County village are likely on a first-name basis.
Home to the breathtakingly beautiful Mohican State Park, the village of Loudonville (population of 1,625) is a true gem for nature lovers. The Mohican River flows right through the town and park. Popular activities here include smallmouth bass fishing, canoeing and hiking.
Milan is the proud home of the birthplace of the famous American inventor Thomas A. Edison (pictured.) Milan is a village in both Erie and Huron counties, with a population of approximately 1,351.
At the tip of the scenic Marblehead Peninsula, the charming town of Marblehead, (with a population of approximately 891), features the iconic Marblehead Lighthouse, beautiful views of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay and boating culture. The lighthouse is the Great Lakes' oldest continuously operating lighthouse and is open for tours during the summer.
Along the Scioto River you'll find this quiet Pike County village, with a population of about 2,158. Chances are, everyone here knows your name, where you went to school and who your family is.
8. West Liberty
Located in Logan County, this beautiful small town has a population of about 1,782 and is home to the stunning Piatt Castles (pictured) and the Ohio Caverns. Additionally, the West Liberty Cemetery contains an uncommonly large number of veteran gravesides.
Part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, this charming village has a population of about 563 and sits in the middle of the stunningly beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Cuyahoga River runs through the town and the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail runs close to downtown, making Peninsula a popular stop for many bikers and hikers, as it is one of the only towns between Akron and Cleveland.
"The Little Switzerland of Ohio" covers a total area of a little more than three and a half square miles. It's a popular tourist destination for anyone looking to explore Ohio's Amish Country. It has a population of approximately 2,223.
Within this small town, (of just 496 residents as of 2010), you'll find Ohio's smallest church (pictured), which holds just four tiny pews.
This Middlefield Township village is most known for being the center of one of the world's largest Amish settlements. It has a population of about 2,710.
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