Study ranks Wauseon 6th best city


Apparently, the City of Wauseon has the goods.

A recent study by Niche, an organization that ranks cities according to specific standards, has named Wauseon sixth among its 25 best Ohio cities in which to raise a family. Other area cities to make the cut include Bryan at 2, Napoleon at 17, and Bowling Green at 23.

Niche’s letter-grade system gave Wauseon solid Bs in its ranking areas of crime and safety, education, access to libraries, housing grade, community grade, and access to day care centers. The city faltered only in the category “Access to grocery stores,” in which it received a C-plus.

Wauseon fared well, ranking sixth among 1,557 cities in Ohio that qualified according to Niche’s ranking formula. The organization uses statistics and comparisons with similarly sized cities.

Mayor Kathy Huner expressed delight that the city fared so well among its competitors.

“I’m surprised that, being the size of city we are, that we came in at number six, comparable to over 1,557 cities. I just think that’s amazing, and I’m just so proud of the city,” she said.

Huner said she has spoken to family members and friends who left Wauseon for jobs in other areas of the country or to reap the benefits of drier climates due to health concerns. “They wish they could move back because Wauseon is such a great city,” she said.

She added that the city’s crime and safety ranking proves the quality of the police department.

Niche was established in 2002 as College Prowler.com by students at Carnagie Mellon University. It has since grown to become one of the largest content start-up services in the United States.