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Where else can you find the ease and convenience of a small-town experience, with all the advantages of big-city living? Cincinnati and Dayton provide all the amenities of metropolitan living, while a collection of small communities nestled between the two cities offers an abundance of housing choices for singles, couples, and families.


The Greater Cincinnati area is an excellent place for Atrium Medical Center (Atrium) employees and their families to live. Cincinnati offers the perfect combination of a vibrant metropolitan area coupled with inviting and affordable neighborhoods. This 15-county region offers excellent public and private schools, professional and college-level sports teams and world-class options for recreationentertainment, and cultural arts.

Cincinnati is easy to navigate, with three main interstates and multiple connectors, helping to ensure short commutes for Cincinnati residents. The area also boasts some of the best colleges and universities in the region, such as the University of Cincinnati and Miami University. With 10 Fortune 500 companies, one of the world’s best international airports, and thousands of thriving businesses, Cincinnati has truly earned its reputation as the Queen City.


The Dayton area has much to offer Atrium employees and their families.  Known for affordable housing and attractive neighborhoods, the area boasts several of Ohio's top-ranked school systemsshort commutes, and easy access to a variety of recreation, sports, cultural arts, and other entertainment.

Home of the Wright brothers and other inventors who sparked the industrial boom of the 20th century, Dayton gained prominence as a manufacturing center. Today the area is increasingly known for its expertise in engineering and information technology.

In the field of higher education, Dayton claims more than its share of highly regarded colleges and universities—resources that add vitality to the region's business and industry.


Middletown is conveniently located on I-75, halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton. It’s one of Ohio’s most livable cities, with a growing mix of business and services, a strong focus on education and an impressive commitment to arts and culture. Home to the Atrium campus, Middletown offers a range of top-quality medical care for members of the community.

Here you can enjoy many big-city amenities without sacrificing the slower pace and traditional values of a smaller community. Yet you can take in a major league baseball or football game, dine in a four-star restaurant, catch an award-winning theatrical production, or jump on a flight to Europe…all within about a 30-minute drive.

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Do you enjoy the unspoiled beauty of rolling farmland and wooded hills? Or is urban, contemporary living more your style? No matter what your preference, you’ll find an abundance of choices in the 12 counties that make up the southwest Ohio area.

Middletown, home to Atrium, is one of southwest Ohio’s best-kept secrets, where residents enjoy a quality of life seldom found in larger cities. Not too far south you’ll discover the Midwestern charm of towns like Lebanon, where stately historic homes flank a picture-perfect town square with an old-fashioned soda shop and Ohio’s oldest inn, the Golden Lamb. Or Springboro—a safe, clean, family-friendly community with an appealing blend of old homes and new construction.
Fast-growing Mason and West Chester—northern suburbs of Cincinnati—are progressive areas with beautiful neighborhoods, outstanding schools, and great shopping and recreation.

Just north of Middletown, the Dayton area offers an eclectic range of neighborhoods. There are charming downtown historic districts such as Huffman, Oregon, and St. Anne’s Hill, and suburbs rich with history and tradition, like Centerville and Miamisburg. For those with more contemporary tastes, you’ll find newly developed areas springing up to respond to the region’s economic growth in several key industries. The benefits of Dayton-area living received national recognition when the city of Beavercreek was declared a winner of the Money Magazine Best Places to Live 2007 and selected as one of the Top 100 cities in America—one of only six Ohio cities to receive this honor!

For a closer look at all the cities in the southwest Ohio area, visit www.daytonregion.comOff Site Icon and use the interactive area map.

You'll find more information about the region's communities here:

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Excellent school systems—both public and private, suburban and urban—make southwest Ohio a great place to raise a family. With so many diverse communities close by, children benefit from a wealth of educational opportunities from preschool to high school.

Primary and Secondary Education


  • Middletown City SchoolsOff Site Icon - From elementary through high school, campuses are located throughout the city of Middletown.
  • Monroe Local SchoolsOff Site Icon - Located just south of Middletown, a new campus houses elementary through high school students.
  • Franklin City SchoolsOff Site Icon - Located just outside of Middletown, there are five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.
  • Springboro City SchoolsOff Site Icon - Located approximately 10 minutes north of Middletown, Springboro's schools consist of three elementary schools, one junior high, and one high school.
  • Lebanon City SchoolsOff Site Icon - Located in the heart of Warren County between Dayton and Cincinnati, Lebanon City Schools offer education from preschool through high school.
  • Mason City SchoolsOff Site Icon - Located 15 minutes south of Middletown, Mason school campuses range from early childhood to high school.
  • West Chester Township SchoolsOff Site Icon - West Chester is part of the community that makes up the Lakota Local School District in the southeastern part of Butler County, which offers 12 elementary schools, four junior high schools, and three high schools.
  • Edgewood City SchoolsOff Site Icon - Edgewood City School District borders Middletown and Hamilton, offering three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.


  • John XXIII Catholic SchoolOff Site Icon - A Catholic school affiliated with Holy Family Parish in Middletown, John XXIII offers kindergarten through eighth-grade classes.
  • Bishop Fenwick High SchoolOff Site Icon - Located on the outskirts of Middletown, Bishop Fenwick High School offers Catholic education in grades nine through 12 and attracts students from throughout the region.
  • Middletown Christian SchoolsOff Site Icon - Located on the east end of the city, Middletown Christian Schools offer classes for kindergarten through 12th grade.

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.

Colleges and Universities

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

Community Colleges

  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community CollegeOff Site Icon - More than 100 associate degrees, majors, and certificate programs await students at Cincinnati State. Many of these programs lead to high-tech careers or a four-year degree.
  • Sinclair Community CollegeOff Site Icon - Sinclair offers high-quality education at the lowest cost in Ohio. The campus, located in downtown Dayton, offers university transfer classes, direct-to-work career programs, custom training classes for business workers, and a variety of conferences and seminars.

Four-Year Universities

  • Central State UniversityOff Site Icon - Central State is Ohio's only public historically black university. Located in Wilberforce, Central State offers Bachelor's degrees and 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 Hamilton.
  • University of DaytonOff Site Icon - UD is one of the 10 largest Catholic universities 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 CincinnatiOff Site Icon - Each year, this public, comprehensive university graduates 5,000 students. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in many fields.
  • Wilberforce UniversityOff Site Icon - Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University is the nation's oldest private historically black university. The university offers a variety of majors in Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
  • Wright State UniversityOff 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 UniversityOff 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).

Cost of Living Index—Selected Metro Areas

  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 113.8 135.4
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

United States Average Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
Composite 100.0 91.9
Housing 100.0 89.8
Groceries 100.0 83.0
Utilities 100.0 95.2
Transportation 100.0 91.9
Health Care 100.0 94.7
Misc. 100.0 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 the Council for Community and Economic Research at (703) 998-3540, or visit their websiteOff Site Icon.

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