About Medina County, Ohio
Medina County Statistics
Medina County is in north central Ohio conveniently located between the larger metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Akron providing residents a vast array of recreational, cultural and entertainment activities. The county contains approximately 425 square miles with a current estimated population of 178,371.
Medina County was formed in 1812 from a portion of Portage County but did not officially organize until 1818. Medina County celebrated its bicentennial year in 2018 commemorating its industrial and agricultural roots. The largest city in the County, in terms of population, is Brunswick with an estimated 2017 population of 34,867. The City of Medina (County Seat) had an estimated population of 26,190 and the City of Wadsworth had approximately 23,476. In addition to these three cities, Medina County is made up of six villages and seventeen townships.
Medina County is characterized by being the tenth fastest growing county in Ohio due to the great educational systems, low unemployment rates, and high quality of life. Many communities within Medina County have received designations as great places to live, work and visit. The City of Medina received designation as “Best Hometown” from the Ohio Magazine for 2018-2019 and in the past Medina County cities, townships, and villages have been designated as “Ohio’s 20 Safest Cities” by Safewise, “Top 100 Places to Live” by Money Magazine, “15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Ohio” by The Crazy Tourist, and “20 Ohio Small Towns You Should be Spending Time in This Fall” by Scene.
Shopping and Dining
Each city, township, and village in Medina County offers its own unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experience. Whether you eat at one of the Public Square restaurants in the City of Medina or visit an antique store in one of the villages or townships, there is something for everyone in Medina County. Explore the possibilities by visiting the Medina County Visitors Bureau website.
Neighborhoods and Parks
Medina County offers both suburban and rural areas with many new housing developments, farmhouses, and Victorian style homes that provide options for those who wish to call Medina County home. Medina County residents enjoy more than 18 parks throughout the county which include 40 miles of trails providing hours of hiking, biking, picnicking, and exploring. For more information on Medina County Parks visit: www.medinacountyparks.com. You can also download a copy of the Medina County Parks Department Bike Maps on our website.
Bike Medina County is working towards encouraging the use of bicycles as transportation and recreational cycling. The group has created routes that connect cities, townships, and villages throughout Medina County. For more information on Bike Medina County or to view the route map visit the Bike Medina County website.
Medina County has a 3.7% unemployment rate. Our residents enjoy employment with the top ten employers in Medina County including Westfield Insurance, the Cleveland Clinic, Medina County, MTD Products, Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth City Schools, Sandridge Food Corporation, Discount Drug Mart, and Shiloh Industries, Inc. There are numerous other options for employment throughout the county in industries such as manufacturing, retail, and international businesses.
Highways & Interstates
Interstates I-71, I-76 and I-271 provide easy access to the large metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus. Medina County has numerous state routes intersecting the county which provide for simple navigation.