Arts and cultural opportunities, charming city and campus

Arts and cultural opportunities, charming city and campus

Population: 36,120
Median Age: 41.2
Distance to Downtown: 10 miles

Take a look at who's walking the paths between the red brick, white-trimmed academic buildings at Otterbein College and the historic homes that surround it. You'll quickly see there's no off- or on-campus life here-the two run seamlessly together. Backpacked students rush to class past kids waiting for the school bus. Residents are out for their daily walk. In the nearby Uptown district, the mix is the same at local faves like Schneider's Bakery. So intertwined are the lives of all who live here that the campus newspaper Tan & Cardinal once wrote about the death of a city resident's beloved dog. Otterbein associate professor Diane Ross loves the opportunities living near campus warrant her-plays by "New York-bound students," concerts and presentations from Nobel Prize winners. "I can walk around campus. I can go to the post office, the bank, the dry cleaner," she says. "I feel like I can do almost everything without getting in my car."