Ashland County

Ashland County

Ashland County spans 427 square miles with a population of more than 53,000. Most of the area consists of agricultural farmland along with a sprinkling of villages, townships, and the city of Ashland. 

The city of Ashland is conveniently located near I-71 at State Route 250. With easy access to and from the interstate, airports, and rail, Ashland is a prime choice for relocation or expansion. The Ashland Business Park, located within the city limits, is home to Barbasol, Packaging Corporation of America, and Novatex North America. Snyder’s-Lance, Hedstrom Plastics, Step 2, and Mansfield Plumbing Products round out the more than 85 manufacturers in Ashland County.

Ashland County has been Nationally Recognized for Business Development through Site Selection Magazine’s Conway Data. Ashland County ranked #6 in the Top Micropolitan in the US for 2014. There were 9 manufacturers and distribution centers that qualified Ashland as a top 10 county in the country. The Ashland Area Council for Economic Development and its 20 volunteers helped to secure this prestigious ranking.

Ashland University, a private institution, placed in the Top 200 colleges and universities in the National Universities category by U.S. News and World Report for 2013. They also were ranked in the Top 15 over-performing colleges in the nation in 2013. Additionally, four out of six of our public school systems have been ranked “excellent” or higher by the State of Ohio.

Nestled between two of Ohio’s largest cities, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland’s cost of living is 14 percent lower than the national average and is ranked 10th in the country according to CBS Money Watch in 2012 and 2013. The average selling price of a home in 2012 was $107,772 (approximately $33,000 less than the average in the Midwest), making home ownership very affordable.

For information on relocating or expanding your business, contact:

Kathryn Goon
Executive Director
Ashland Area Council for Economic Development