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It's easy to see why so many people choose to call Jefferson County home. It consistently attracts a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds, incomes, interests and styles.

Rural areas in Jefferson County have continued to grow in recent years, as have the larger riverfront communities. With the extension of county water to these areas, more upscale subdivisions have been developed that offer an escape to the country combined with quality housing. A drive through these communities highlights the beauty of Jefferson County with its secluded homes, rolling farmland and unique mix of old and new houses.

Riverfront towns, historic communities, growing villages, and more - all who live in them enjoy a low crime rate and affordable cost of living unlike that of many larger neighboring cities.

In addition, the Steubenville, Ohio/Weirton, West Virginia area was named the second best small city in which to live by researchers at Sperling's Best Places using FBI uniform crime reports to determine cities having less than 200,000 people with the lowest rates of crime in 2002.

For residential homes sold through local realtors from 2001 to 2002, the average sale price increased 1.9 percent, from 2002 to 2003, the increase was 3.5 percent and from 2003 to mid-2004, the average sale price increased 4.8 percent. During that four-year period, the average sale price of a residential home sold by local realtors increased by 10.6 percent. From education to quality healthcare, shopping to the arts, safe streets to affordable living - Jefferson County offers so much to its residents in a unique and beautiful setting. What a perfect place to call home.


The Jefferson County educational community consists of five public school districts – Buckeye, Edison and Indian Creek Local School Districts, as well as Steubenville and Toronto City School Districts, Jefferson County Catholic Schools and Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Buildings, phone numbers and contact persons may be found in the appendix.

          Awards & Recognitions
Jefferson County schools and programs continue to receive national and state recognition. Of the 14 Ohio Schools designated by President Bush and the U.S. Department of Education as 2003 Blue Ribbon Schools recently honored in Washington, D.C., four elementaries are in Jefferson County. They include Buckeye Northwest (Buckeye), Hills (Indian Creek), Lincoln and Wells (Steubenville). The county boasts a USA Teacher of the Year (Indian Creek) and seven teachers who have achieved National Board Certification (4 Indian Creek, 2 Toronto, 1 Edison). Statewide honors include the Ohio Department of Education School of Promise designation for seven buildings – Buckeye Local High School, SouthWest Middle, North Elementary, South Elementary (Buckeye); Gregg Elementary (Edison); Lincoln Elementary and McKinley Elementary (Steubenville) – and a recent Ohio Teacher of the Year awardee (Indian Creek).

Other links that you may find helpful about the area:

Jefferson County Profile
Jefferson County Quality of Life

Progress Alliance

Buckeye Local School District
Indian Creek School District
Edison School District

Steubenville City School District

Toronto School District
Jefferson Community College
Fransican University
Jefferson County Vocational School


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