The City of Wadsworth offers the quaintness of a small town, coupled with the sophistication of a community that is progressive enough to offer its own municipally-owned electric utility and high-speed internet and cable services. Residents' activities center around the strong Wadsworth City Schools, which are rated 'Excellent with Distinction' in the State; churches; and numerous civic organizations, including a very active Chamber of Commerce and the recently established Downtown Wadsworth organization. The City is a delightful mix of families who have been part of the community for several generations, younger families who have chosen to 'move back home' to Wadsworth, and new families who have only recently discovered this special city.
The 'North End' of the city offers extensive retail stores, including both local establishments and national chains, and continues to expand to serve the needs of this growing population. Visitors and residents can do their shopping at several grocery and pharmaceutical stores, visit one of the many restaurants, and relax at the end of the day by taking in a first-run movie at the local theatre -- all without leaving Wadsworth. Overnight accommodations are available at three hotels/motels.
The East side of Wadsworth features one of the area's last-remaining drive-in movie theaters and several car dealerships. New housing subdivisions on the east side flank the city's new middle school and the present high school, soon-to-be replaced with a brand new high school and community center. Wadsworth is also home to five public elementary schools (two of which are fewer than five years old, with the other three slated to brand new in 2012), two private elementary schools, and a recently-renovated intermediate school.
The city plays host to an abundance of small businesses, as well as several industrial parks, primarily located to the South and West of the City: everything from professional construction services for commercial and industrial sites; to chemical processing and polymeric grinding companies; to plastic molding manufacturers; to computer networking services.
Small town charm is in abundance. The historic downtown is a vibrant part of the City, with numerous businesses that include everything from a natural health pharmacy to hardware stores to jewelers to antique stores to a bakery. Throughout the year, the downtown 'Square' is often used for special events, such as the annual 'Blue Tip Match Festival Parade and Celebration', summer concerts, an herb and craft festival, sidewalk sales, and more. The newly renovated library and 1995-built City hall complement the Gazebo at the center of town, as hallmarks of the downtown landscape.
Neighborhoods vary from the old and quaint to the new and grand; but, all of them are filled with friendly people, often out walking and socializing when the weather allows. Whether you prefer a historic home on a brick street or the latest in new construction, the right neighborhood for you is here. Neighborhood elementary schools and the city's many parks also foster that sense of community. The City of Wadsworth provides more than 200 acres of park land for residents, creating an inviting atmosphere for fun, recreation and relaxation. Park users can hike trails, use playground equipment, play on ballfields, play sand volleyball, basketball or tennis, and use shelter facilities for family gatherings.
With three exits off Interstate 76 between Interstates 71 and 77, Wadsworth residents have easy access to countless cultural and entertainment destinations. Wadsworth has regional appeal due to the ease of travel to Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown and Columbus. Cleveland-Hopkins International airport and Akron-Canton Airport are both within a half hour drive of the city; and, if you or your business has its own plane, the Wadsworth Municipal Airport can accommodate you. All the comforts of a modern city are near at hand; yet, the city retains its small town feel and distinctly rural setting, where a short jaunt finds a visitor in the midst of farmland -- with 'Amish Country' just a short distance away.
Wadsworth is a unique city in today's world, retaining much of what is best about the past while it embraces the future, making it a great place to live and work.