ABOUT THE REGION
Wilmington and Clinton County in the heart of Southwest Ohio, just a short drive to the metropolitan areas of Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus is a place called home. Our residents choose Clinton County because of the rural beauty and small town lifestyle, but with over 5 million people within 60 miles, we’re still convenient to all the big city amenities and attractions. Clinton County is easily accessible to a wide selection of shopping, restaurants, sports, cultural events and employment opportunities both locally and within the adjacent Cincinnati and Dayton suburbs. Visitors choose Clinton County to enjoy our outdoor recreational opportunities, the beauty of the countryside, our fairs, festivals and theater, our destination restaurants and businesses, and for employment and higher education. Businesses choose Wilmington and Clinton County for our skilled workforce, prime location, and our nationally recognized resilient spirit.
We excel in educational and recreational opportunities. The presence of Wilmington College (founded 1870), Southern State Community College, and Laurel Oaks vocational school enrich our community with practical and advanced degree training and a small town college atmosphere. Within 60 miles there are over 20 major colleges and national universities, including The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Wright State University and the University of Dayton. Southwest Ohio has one of the nation’s largest concentrations of engineers, skilled machinists and technically trained fabricators. Families take advantage of quiet living along with excellent ranked local schools, the historic Murphy Theater (1918), Boyd Auditorium at Wilmington College, 2 state parks and an outstanding local parks system, miles of paved multipurpose trails, our historic Italianate downtown Wilmington on the National Register of Historic Places and a civic minded community that has long valued the arts, education and a sense of this important place.
We pride ourselves in providing a vibrant quality of life. Wilmington and Clinton County has a low crime rate, outstanding community services including an awarding winning public transportation service, and diverse independent businesses. Our area has been heralded by many national media organizations including CBS, Fox News, The New York Times, The Economist, National Public Radio and others for our proactive efforts for local businesses, young professionals, economic development and the redevelopment of the Wilmington Air Park.
Clinton County offers both a trained local workforce and workers in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, a prime exurban location that offers many country charms with big city advantages, and aggressive economic development incentives including CRA’s, a Foreign Trade Zone, and Enterprise Zones. From transportation/logistics and manufacturing to engineering and biomedical research – Clinton County is home to a diverse and sophisticated corporate landscape. We recognize that our success is dependent on people: the businesses they support, the causes they believe in, and the homes they make. We look forward to welcoming you to this place called home