Founded in 1818 and incorporated as a village in 1835, the City of Medina enjoys a long and rich history that is evident in the restored Victorian architecture of its picturesque Public Square. A visit to Medina's historic Square in like taking a step back in time, a feeling that attracts tourists and residents to its unique shops, fine restaurants, and many special events. Time, however, has not stood still and this bustling city serves as the County Seat for one of the fastest growing and most prosperous counties in northeastern Ohio.
The City takes great pride in its downtown restoration of its historic Victorian-era buildings that now host quaint shops and popular restaurants. Central to this historic district is the Medina Public Square offering the charm and feel of a New England village green and serving as the site of summer band concerts, festivals and art shows. In addition to the uptown commercial district, the City of Medina features several additional attractive shopping venues.
This turn-of-the-century setting should not deceive one, for the City of Medina is home to a progressive city government which has expanded municipal services to match growth and provide for the future. It has a non-partisan Mayor and City Council form of government. Community leadership also thrives under the direction of the Medina Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Medina.
Medina boasts an outstanding school system that ranks excellent with distinction in the Ohio Department of Education's Annual Report Card. The school district is made up of six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school that underwent a major expansion. Within the City's boundaries, two excellent school systems offer academic and technology training that prepares young people for both college and the workforce: Buckeye Local Schools and the Medina County Career Center. St. Francis Xavier and Medina Christian Academy offer private schooling for elementary and junior high students.
Advanced education is readily available locally and from numerous colleges and universities in the surrounding area that offer a full compliment of certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Medina County University Center is only a quarter-mile south of the City and offers employers a well-trained workforce with opportunity for on-going career development.
In July 2009, Money Magazine recognized Medina as one of the Best Placed to Live by ranking them 40th in their list of best small towns. Ohio Magazine followed by naming Medina the 2011 Best Hometown in Northeast Ohio. Come see why Ohioans and the rest of the nation are discovering why businesses and residents alike call Medina home.........for life!