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      Top Rated Schools in Ashland

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Ashland High School9 - 1296892%
      Crestview High School9 - 1229092%
      Mapleton High School9 - 1225790%
      Reagan Elementary SchoolKG - 348782%
      Crestview Elementary SchoolKG - 334080%
      Crestview Middle School4 - 846676%
      Edison Elementary SchoolKG - 350475%
      Taft Intermediate School4 - 637372%
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      Bland, boring, cliquish and no culture

      I moved here a little under two years ago for personal reasons and for my child to have a decent school to go to. I have found the people very unwelcoming and cliquish, no culture or nightlife, shopping is Wal-Mart or extremely overpriced boutique(s) in the "downtown" area. Every time I patronize and establishment here I get a vibe from people that is very off-putting. Small town mentality is definitely alive and well here.

      The main issue I have is job opportunities. A previous poster mentioned driving well over an hour to either Cleveland or Columbus for work. It is OVER an hour to those places and if you happen to get an interview it could be farther than that. No way could I do that every day. If you are looking for work in either Wooster/ Mansfield, opportunities are scarce and it is the same vibe/ mentality in those places as well. There are Amish here, who travel in their buggies on a main thoroughfares. When I see them on 42, they are sometimes hard to see because the buggies and horses are so dark. It angers me that they put themselves and those animals at risk with no lights on their buggies so people can see them. I feel like I am in the twilight zone living here, truly backwards place and people. I cannot wait to leave when my lease is up. Truly horrible experience living here.

      Moreover, the school was very unwelcoming to my child; I suppose because we were not a traditional family and had a personal issue that brought us here. One of the teachers who sent kids texts during the summer sent my child a very nice one initially, then quickly retracted it saying he texted the wrong person. He then went on to send my child a text that read "what I meant to send you is that I can't believe you even made it to school every day." I was astounded at the hateful, judgmental rudeness, but it was indicative of what type of community I was in. A backwards, cliquish place that is unwelcoming of "outsiders" not just like them.

      Good riddance.
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      Very good small town living.

      Have lived all over the country and from a major metropolitan area.Have lived in Ashland 30 years.Ashland is what small town
      living is all about.Very little crime,very friendly people,very strong sense of community.Nice neighborhoods with low cost of housing.A religious area with lutherans,catholic,bretheren,methodist,mennonite and amish;even an orthodox monastery.The
      faiths get along very well and work together in the county.A recent prayer service shows how well they work together: a prayer service at a college run by the bretheren church was sponsored by the bretheren youth group,the catholic college group,the
      lutheran church and the catholic church-celebrants from all groups and the main celebrant the catholic bishop-it was packed.
      Very little night life.Lots of outdoor pursuits,great series at Myers bandshell in the summer.Mohican state park is a great place to cook out,fish for trout,hike,bike and just read a book by the covered bridge and refresh your soul.
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      Ashland is Someplace Special

      I've been living in Ashland Ohio for 3 years and have enjoyed the small town culture here that is provided me and my family with a great place to live and enjoy something special in regards to education, recreation, shopping, and other amenities. Ashland has a beautiful culture of diverse individuals that create a culture of inclusion that allows us to work and enjoy life and create friendships that are lasting. My kids love the school system and they are excellent as far as their accreditations and execution of basic educational requirements. There's very little crime in the city and you can feel safe walking the streets and enjoying neighborhoods.

      The best areas in Ashland are around the Brookside Golf Course on the western side of the city. The housing market in Ashland in this area is reasonably priced and allows individuals to hold their value on their properties that are purchased in this area. Ashland is about an hour away from Cleveland Ohio and allows individuals to actually work in Cleveland and live in Ashland easily if they choose to make that commute. If you're looking to move to Ohio I recommend Ashland as a great place to live and raise a family.
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      Source: The Ashland, OH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).