Worthington

Worthington, Ohio Real Estate Guide
Population: 13,575 est. – Franklin County

Downtown Worthington has a New England small town feel with quaint shops, the Worthington Inn B&B, wonderful restaurants, coffee shops and even a friendly ice cream shoppe. Worthington is located in northern Franklin County, 15 miles north of Downtown Columbus, with easy access to other Central Ohio communities via State Routes 23, 161, 315, I-270 and I-71.
Worthington has many opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment; including the Worthington Square Mall, Crosswoods Shopping center in North Worthington with plenty of restaurants and a 16 screen movie theatre. Polaris Fashion Place Mall is about a 10-15 minute drive from Worthington as well. You can get to the world-renowned Columbus Zoo in about ten minutes.

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Schools

Worthington Schools

Worthington Schools meet the needs of approximately 60,000 residents and almost 10,000 students. The District has been recognized by SchoolMatch for providing “What Parents Want.” This award has been presented by SchoolMatch for the past 17 years and Worthington Schools has received the distinction all 17 years. Students in the Worthington School District continue to meet, or exceed, the average passing rates for both Franklin County and Ohio on State Proficiency Tests. The district also received a rating of “Excellent with Distinction” on their 2011-2012 District Report Card, the largest district in the state to do so and the only district in Franklin County to achieve this designation six years in a row. Worthington is comprised of twelve elementary, four middle, two high and two alternative schools. They offer services to all students, continually striving to meet the needs of each individual student. Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, the District will offer Career and Technical training through the Delaware Career and Technical School.

Parks & Recreation

Worthington Parks & Recreation

Worthington opened a state-of-the-art Community Center in 2002. This 43,000 square feet facility is a superb place to take classes, enjoy recreational swimming, exercise equipment and community gatherings. Residents also enjoy a wonderful park system, which includes many well-kept modern neighborhood parks, bike paths, hiking trails and playgrounds. The Olentangy Bikeway Trail extends from Worthington Ohio all the way to Downtown Columbus, perfect for the bike enthusiast. There are several Metro Parks within Worthington, or just a short distance away, including Highbanks Metro Park and Sharon Woods Metro Parks, which offer Nature Centers, classes, hiking paths, fishing, ice skating, sledding and more. Nearby rivers provide boating, fishing and camping enthusiasts various recreational options; Alum Creek Reservoir located just to the north in Alum Creek State Park and Hoover Reservoir located in neighboring Westerville.

Worthington also tries to keep its residents healthy and creative and active through different community organizations, such as the Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry, McConnell Arts Center and Sustainable Worthington.

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Community Events & Attractions

Worthington Community Events & Attractions

Community events are plentiful in Worthington. The Old Worthington Business Association is proud of its beautiful and friendly downtown area. The association hosts many events; including the Annual Worthington Plant and Art Festivals, Haggler’s Day and the Holiday Open House. In addition, from mid-May until October there is a Farmer’s Market each Saturday, in which one can find fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and homemade goods. Old Worthington, as the downtown area is commonly known, is a very historic area, with many activities and events sponsored by their active Historical Society, including the Annual Worthington Historical Society Antique Show, which celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2010, Ice Cream Socials, art exhibits and home & garden tours.

Business

Worthington Business

There are approximately 2,300 businesses in the Worthington Chamber of Commerce business area, including several corporate headquarters and major corporate centers, such as Crosswoods Center. With convenient access to many nearby communites and the Port Columbus International Airport, Worthington is an excellent place to conduct business or pursue a career.

History

Worthington History

Residents are proud of their city’s rich heritage and historic downtown. Founded in 1803, the same year Ohio became a state, Worthington began as a small, planned community, of homes, businesses, craftsmen and farms. The founders of the community came from New England and brought ideas of New England architecture and community with them. This heritage is evident in the village green, spacious town lots for homes and early 19th century tavern/boarding houses. In 1812, Worthington lost its bid to become the state capital, but during its early years it became known for its religious activity, educational opportunities and anti-slavery principles. Worthington’s growth after 1850 was limited thus allowing the community to remain a homogeneous village until after World War II, thereby preserving a number of its historic properties. There are 29 buildings, from small shops to large churches, on the National Register of Historic Places, located throughout the Old Worthington area. Many streets are still paved with brick and the luscious green spaces in the downtown area are very inviting. In addition, Worthington is also home to the unique Rush Creek neighborhood, houses patterned after Frank Lloyd Wright’s idea of organic architecture.

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Worthington OH Real Estate Sales Values

#SFM Homes Sold Lowest Price Average Price Highest Price
2005 307 $90,000 $230.960 $600,000
2006 268 $115,000 $238,222 $842,000
2007 291 $120,000 $251,994 $885,000
# of Condos Sold Lowest Price Average Price Highest Price
2005 156 $48,815 $116,859 $405,000
2006 133 $56,000 $118,642 $335,000
2007 108 $59,700 $116,228 $375,000