Quality of LIfe

Life in Licking County is, quite simply, a breath of fresh air. Adjacent to Ohio’s capital city of Columbus,
Licking County offers a high quality of life and low cost of living with exemplary infrastructure, exciting
amenities, top-notch schools, friendly neighbors and uncommon natural beauty. With the perfect mix of
small-town charm and big city benefits, there’s always something to entertain, educate and inspire you.


live here

Licking County has an exceptionally stable housing market with a breadth of housing options to meet the needs of the County’s residents including condos, apartments, and single family homes.  

In 2015 alone, Licking County saw a wide mix of single family home options with an average price per sqft of $90.  Moreover, as indicated in the graph, Licking County can accommodate your companies housing needs – from entry level to C-Suite.


City of Newark

Located in the heart of Licking County, the City of Newark serves as the county seat for Licking County.  With a population of just under 48,000, Newark is not only Licking County's largest city but also the 20th largest city in Ohio.  The historic square in downtown Newark is currently going under a massive redevelopment with reconstruction of streets, infrastructure, and a focus on developing a mix of uses within the downtown area.  To learn more about this effort, check out their website: We Dig Newark.



Located in western Licking County, the City of Pataskala was recently ranked as one of the "5 Fastest Growing Communities in Central Ohio" by Columbus Business First.  Additionally the city boasts many amenities & services including the Sterling Theater, the Pataskala Community Pool, & the Pataskala Corp. Park.  To learn more about the City of Pataskala, be sure to visit their website:  http://www.cityofpataskalaohio.gov/



Located along the SR 79 corridor in central Licking County, the City of Heath is home to a variety of uses including a wide range of homes, the County's principal commercial corridor, as well as numerous industrial/manufacturing opportunities.  This includes Indian Mound Mall as well as the Boeing Company's facility at the Central Ohio Aerospace & Technology Center (just to name a few).



Located on State Route 161/US 16, the Village of Granville has everything from a robust shopping district to Summer polo matches on the lawn at Bryn Du Mansion.



Bustling with activity in northwest Licking County, Johnstown provides the feel of a small Ohio town while being within 20 minutes from Downtown Columbus. Johnstown boasts an excilent rated school district, many recreational opportunities and a quality of life desired by many.  To learn more about the Village of Johnstown, check out their economic development website: http://www.johnstownohedc.com/

(Photo by Mark Spearman)




Work here

Job opportunities in Licking County are continually expanding! Whether you are seeking entry level, professional, or executive positions, there are over 2,900 employment establishments located here in a variety of industries ready to hire top talent.


For employment services and assistance, please visit our friends at OhioMeansJobs|Licking County and Licking County Job & Family Services. Or browse listings through the OhioMeansJobs search portal.

If you own your own business, or are interested in starting one, East Central Ohio SCORE has a plethora of resources and a great team eager to help you hit the ground running. Their offices are centrally located in the county, and mentoring services are free and confidential.

If your business is located in a more rural area of Licking County, then be sure to check out the USDA's Rural Development Business Programs.  Their programs include: Business & Industry Loan Guarentees, Rural Business Development Grants, & their Microentrepeneur Assistance Program.




Play here

Licking County boasts over 1,600 acres of parks, 25 miles of recreational trails & 24 miles of bike paths. Moreover, the various municipalities here in Licking County have an abundance of recreational opportunities for residents.


Explore Licking County will help you find your way to all of the exciting attractions spread across the county:

 Multi-Use Trails                          Parks                                   Golf Courses                    Dining & Night Life

Multi-Use Trail Map                      



                                               Licking County Library                   The Licking County Family YMCA


heath water park

The City of Heath maintains over 400 acres of open space within the city limits as well as operates the Heath Water Park.

Additionally, the Heath-Sertoma Youth Athletic Association operates youth t-ball, baseball, and softball programs with participation of over 700+ youths in the region.  Other programs include youth football, cheerleading, and basketball programs.


Village of utica

A drive through the Village of Utica may make you think it is just a pass-through on your way to Columbus, but in reality it is home to the historic Ye Olde Mill and family-owned ice cream company, Velvet Ice Cream.

Be sure to check out the Utica-Sertoma Ice Cream Festival across the street every Spring, and stop by Mill Street Distillery for hand-crafted spirits.


Newark earthworks

Located in the City of Heath, the Newark Earthworks is home to the largest ancient geometric earthwork complex in the world covering a total of 3,000 acres. The Newark Earthworks is divided into three sections that make up the Ancient Ohio Trail.

dawes arboretum

Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum was inspired by the couple’s love of trees and nature.  Today we remain dedicated to our mission through providing exceptional educational programs and events as well as maintaining incredible horticulture collections on nearly 2,000 acres of beautiful grounds.  To learn more about Dawes, please click here or visit their website: http://dawesarb.org/

Photo Credit: http://www.liftyoureyesphoto.com


The Works: Ohio Center for history, art, & technology

Experience more than a museum at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology, central-Ohio’s best destination for hands-on history, art, science, and glassblowing. The Works offers activities and programming for kids, teens, families, grown-ups, and educators. To learn more or plan your discovery at The Works, visit their website today!



invest here

GROW Licking County and it's partners have facilitated significant investment over the past four years: $600 million new investment, 3,500 new job opportunities, and over 1,500 jobs retained, to be exact. But the collaborative spirit of economic development in Licking County goes far beyond financial figures and employment numbers. The following organizations & their stories represent a small snapshot of the investment of time, passion, and private resources that have come together for the sole purpose of community building and quality of life.

Canal Market District

The brand-new Canal Market District is a venue for shoppers and vendors to share local food, home made goods, and a love of the community that produces them.



Newark Area Rortary Club 


The Newark Rotary Club will celebrate their 100th Anniversary in December 2016. Among their many community projects, they recently expanded the Rotary Accessible Playground to ensure greater access to community groups, expand parking and create a safer entrance off Sharon Valley Road.


Why Licking County?