Welcome To Oberlin!
With its small-town sense of community, the services of a large city, and the music, art and science of a cosmopolitan center — all situated in just under five square miles — the City of Oberlin has justifiably earned numerous accolades, including being named one of the top 20 best small towns to visit by Smithsonian Magazine.
Founded concurrently with Oberlin College in 1833, the city is famous for its rich and diverse history of progressive thought, innovation and social activism. The community was a beacon of freedom during the years of the Underground Railroad, and Oberlin College was the first in the country to admit men and women of all races. The city and the college are pioneers in the environmental movement, and, with the development of a 2013 Climate Action Plan, are committed to becoming “carbon neutral” by 2050.
In addition to the honor bestowed upon the city by Smithsonian Magazine, Oberlin also has the distinction of earning the following titles in the last several years:
- Ohio Magazine Most Livable College Community 1996
- Ohio Magazine Best Hometown 2012
- MetLife Foundation Best Intergenerational Community 2012
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