Quality of Life
The High Quality of Life in Portage County
Open space. Uncongested roads. Fresh air. Small towns with vibrant downtowns. Country living with easy access to metropolitan areas. It’s a great way of life.
Here in Portage
Kent State University Museum holds a large collection of fashion and decorative arts; several special events are sponsored there throughout the year.
The Portage County Historical Society offers tours, displays, lectures and its own research library, while the popular Portage County Randolph Fair draws hundreds of thousands of visitors who enjoy the food, rides, exhibits and animals each summer. Eleven public golf courses, three state parks and many community parks and private campgrounds provide ample recreational opportunity.
In Aurora, Wild Water Kingdom and the Aurora Premium Outlets also brings numerous visitors to the area, and tourism has become a major component of the county’s economy.
Every community celebrates its heritage all throughout the year with various festivities that have become cherished traditions to its communities, including Ravenna’s annual Balloon A-Fair (where the sky is filled with 25+ hot-air balloons); Kent’s Art-in-the-Park; these and numerous other organizations and festivals contribute to a favorable balance between work and play in Portage County.
With close proximity to the Cleveland and Akron/Canton metropolitan areas, Portage County residents have access to a wealth of cultural activity – museums, professional and amateur sporting events and countless other organizations and activities, including:
- Playhouse Square (Cleveland)
- Cleveland Orchestra
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Cleveland Indians
- Cleveland Browns
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
- Cedar Point Amusement Park
- Professional Football Hall of Fame
Speaking practically, Portage County provides residents with excellent public services, including a strong public library system and exceptional health care facilities. Along with these state-of-the-art facilities, a much appreciated aspect of life in Portage County is the rural atmosphere and the “small-town” feeling which still exists in much of the county. Agriculture remains a viable part of the local economy, with approximately over 800 farms, many still family-owned.