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Southwest Ohio offers the ease and convenience of small-town living, with the advantages of nearby big cities. Dayton provide all the amenities of metropolitan living--while the collection of smaller Miami County communities nestled along I-75 provides an abundance of housing choices for singles, couples, and families.


The region has much to offer Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) employees and their families. Known for affordable housing and attractive communities, the area features several of the top-ranked school systems in Ohio, short commutes, and easy access to a variety of recreation, sports, cultural arts, and other entertainment.

In the field of higher education, Dayton is home to many highly regarded colleges and universities.These schools add strength and stability to businesses and industries in our region.

For a closer look at all the cities in the Southwest Ohio area, use this interactive area mapOff Site Icon.

Below, you’ll find more information about the communities in our region:

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There are excellent public, private, suburban, and urban school systems in Southwest Ohio. With so many diverse communities, children benefit from a variety of educational opportunities from preschool to high school. These great schools make the region a great place to raise a family.

Primary and Secondary Education



Vocational Schools

If your family is looking for something other than the traditional high school curriculum, one of our local vocational programs may be right for you.

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Colleges and Universities

In addition to a variety of primary and secondary schools, several of the top colleges and universities in the nation are within an hour’s drive of Southwest Ohio.

Community Colleges

Four-Year Universities

  • Cedarville University Off Site Icon  - Founded in 1887, Cedarville University is a private, Christ-centered, Baptist university located in Cedarville, Ohio. Cedarville has 3,000 students specializing in undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Central State University Off Site Icon - Central State is Ohio's only public, historically black university. Located in Wilberforce, Central State offers bachelor's degrees, as well as some graduate programs.
  • Miami University (Oxford) Off Site Icon - Miami University offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including doctoral programs, on a beautiful campus in Oxford, Ohio. The University also offers regional campuses in MiddletownOff Site Icon  and HamiltonOff Site Icon .
  • Urbana University Off Site Icon - Founded in 1850, Urbana University specializes in Liberal Arts and is located on a 128-acre campus in the small city of Urbana, Ohio.
  • University of Dayton Off Site Icon - The University of Dayton is one of the 10 largest Catholic universities in the nation, and Ohio's largest private university. It offers more than 70 academic programs in arts and sciences, business administration, education and allied professions, engineering, and law.
  • University of Cincinnati Off Site Icon - Each year, this public, comprehensive university graduates 5,000 students. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in many fields.
  • Wilberforce University Off Site Icon - Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University is the nation's oldest, private African-American university. The university offers a variety of majors in Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
  • Wittenberg University Off Site Icon - Founded in 1842, Wittenberg University is a reconized liberal arts and sciences university located in Springfield, Ohio. Wittenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • Wright State University Off Site Icon - Wright State University is a public university located in Dayton. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and 50 PhD, graduate, and professional degrees.
  • Xavier University Off Site Icon - Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a private, coeducational university located in Cincinnati. Xavier provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic Jesuit tradition.

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Cost of living

With all the Southwest Ohio area has to offer, it is still one of the most affordable locations in the country to live and raise a family.

Here is how the region compared with other selected metropolitan areas in a cost-of-living index measured by the Council for Community and Economic Research (formerly ACCRA).

  Composite Housing
Houston, TX 90.0 72.5
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 91.9 83.0
Atlanta, GA 95.6 92.0
Dayton-Springfield, OH 96.0 85.6
Indianapolis, IN 97.6 99.9
Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH 97.8 88.1
Pittsburgh, PA 98.7 100.8
Louisville, KY 99.1 90.7
Denver, CO 103.4 107.9
Chicago, IL 109.8 124.0
Miami, FL 113.5 135.4
Boston, MA 134.5 169.3
Washington, DC 138.8 211.8
San Francisco, CA 172.9 274.3
New York, NY 214.7 394.0


  Composite Groceries Housing Utilities Transport Health Care Misc.
United States Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
91.9 89.8 83.0 95.2 91.9 94.7 98.4


Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Survey, 4th Quarter 2006
The survey measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The index reflects cost differentials for a mid-management standard of living. Taxes are excluded.

To order a complete survey, contact ACCRA at (703) 998-3540, or visit ACCRAOff Site Icon.

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