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Ross County, Ohio: at the center of history and the future

Ross County, Ohio is home to Chillicothe, Ohio’s first state capital, and was home to native Americans long before that. But while our county has long played a key role in the Buckeye State’s history, what’s more important to today’s growing and innovative companies is the area’s focus on the future.

Investments in historic preservation and new construction have created a sense of economic energy that’s irresistible to young professionals and appealing to millennials and gen-Xers who seek the ideal balance of work and life. Their presence brings a vibrant heartbeat that has been spreading from young people to all generations, spawning enthusiasm and lively downtown full of in-demand housing, pubs, coffee shops, and fashionable shops and restaurants surrounding local landmarks like the venerable Carlisle Building. Chillicothe is home to The Mighty Children’s Museum, a contemporary children's museum featuring interactive exhibits aimed at self-directed learning.

The same energy you’ll see in Ross County’s lifestyles is evident in the growing business community, which features healthcare leaders like Adena Health System and advanced manufacturing facilities like Kenworth Truck Company’s Chillicothe Assembly plant.

And you’ll see our residents demonstrate that level of energy when they tackle the many activities available thanks to the area’s natural bounty. In addition to having five state parks within a half-hour drive, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities including mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping and more.