The Clinton County Experience
The primary focus of Clinton County’s leaders is to provide every family with financial security, schools that work, quality healthcare, safe neighborhoods, recreation and leisure time, social belonging and ever-expanding economic opportunity. These are the building blocks of a superior quality of life. These goals are paramount in Clinton County.
Clinton County is located in southwestern Ohio and has an estimated population of 43,399. Located between Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Clinton County is within easy driving distance of all three cities as well as Indiana and Kentucky. Wilmington’s downtown, the county seat, is on the National Register of Historic Districts and has also received designation as an Ohio Main Street Community, a program designed to preserve historic downtowns. Security isn’t an issue in our rural community; it’s a safe place to live and visit, an attribute that has considerable value.
Wilmington-based Clinton Memorial Hospital is a 95-bed acute care facility which operates medical/surgical, intensive care, obstetrics, acute rehab, sleep lab, wound care and emergency services. Services include home and corporate health, family medicine residency, and physician practices in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and neurology. The hospital was founded in 1951 and is owned by RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Brentwood, TN.
The Clinton County based Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center brings together a range of advanced radiation and medical oncology services, programs and staff expertise. Support services such as massage therapy, family counseling, nutrition information and an appearance boutique allow for a holistic approach that focuses on the person, not just the disease. Until the cancer center opened in mid-February 2007, area patients needing extended cancer care (in particular linear accelerator based radiation therapy) needed to travel to major metropolitan hospitals to access high-tech cancer weapons. In order to participate in a coordinated cancer program, area residents often had to drive thousands of miles over the course of their treatment, far away from the support of family and friends.
Clinton County has four school districts: Blanchester Local, Clinton-Massie Local, East Clinton Local and Wilmington City. Blanchester has 1,771 students. Clinton-Massie has more than 1,773 students. East Clinton has 1,571 students and Wilmington has more than 3,300 students. Averaging the four districts, the student to teacher ratio is 18.4, the expenditure per student is $8550 and the graduation rate is 93 percent.
The Laurel Oaks Career Development Campus provides high school juniors and seniors with career and technical education. Children with disabilities attend school in their respective school districts. Education for these students is coordinated through Town and Country School and the Clinton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
Wilmington College, founded in 1870, is a private liberal arts college with about 1,200 students. The college was founded by Quakers and promotes the Quaker ideals of humanitarian service, nonviolence, peacemaking and social justice.
Southern State Community College has four locations that serve Clinton, Adams, Brown, Highland and Fayette Counties. The North Campus is located in Wilmington and houses the Corporate and Community Services division.
The Blanchester, Sabina and Wilmington public libraries cooperate to offer a range of materials and services. Clinton Memorial Hospital also has a medical library which is open to the public.
Sports & Recreation
Nature is a strong force in Clinton County having numerous state, city and village parks that offer many opportunities for outdoor recreation. There is also a YMCA for indoor recreational activities. The county has three golf courses, recreational trails, nature preserves, several outdoor pools, and strong 4-H and FFA youth programs. Wilmington College participates in 21 sports within NCAA Division III. The county is also the destination for a number of sporting events.
Heritage & Leisure Rich in its history of bygone days with deep pride for its Quaker heritage, Clinton County is a place where you can still find fresh produce at roadside stands or you can pick your own. Historic architecture and venues are plentiful and cherished.
Exceptional family festivals are a regular occurrence, from the Banana Split Festival to the Clinton County Corn Festival, to the celebration of lavender at the Summer Solstice Lavender Festival or the Wilmington Art & Pottery Festival which celebrates the arts. Hometown Holidazzle, an illuminated parade and festival, rings in the holiday season the weekend after Thanksgiving. The Clinton County Fair celebrates the agriculture heritage of the area and involves many of the area’s youth. There’s an event for everyone.
And because we are within an hour’s drive from Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton, major attractions are easily accessible. Plan a riverboat cruise, a trip to an amusement park, an evening watching the performance of an outdoor historic drama, or a visit to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force — all within a short drive away.
In 2011, visitors to Clinton County spent $81.5 million acting as an economic stimulus for the area with tourism supporting 1 in every 18 salaried jobs. Visitors to the area recognize the superb quality of life in Clinton County.