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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Oxford OH, Ohio

16,000 Miami University students renders Oxford one of the undiscovered college town treasures in the United States. With 23,000 residents, it is famous for the small town feel of its historic Mile Square, the pre-World War II residential area of Oxford. It is also known for its pastoral and forested setting. It is a pleasant walk to the Miami University campus or the charming Uptown area for the weekly Summer Music Festival, dinner at a wide range of restaurants and bistros, shopping, a movie or the one of the city's two farmers' markets.

Oxford is served by the Talawanda School District and ranks high in K-12 public education. It has a wonderful library, the Lane Public Library, with exceptional programs for children. The Oxford Community Arts Center is a great cultural asset. Five miles outside of town is Hueston Woods State Park with nearly 3,000 acres of natural resources. It offers outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing, sailing, canoing, and – unusual and excitinglyl -- fossil hunting. There are over 1,000 acres of natural preserves on Miami University's campus open to the public.

If you are looking for the quintessential college town, you've found the place in Oxford. Photo of downtown Oxford square courtesy of Wikipedia and Chris Light.

Where to Retire in Oxford OH and Home Prices

Active adults who choose to retire in Oxford can live in the charming town or select a development or 55+ community out of town. There a variety of nice post-war neighborhoods and new neighborhood developments.  Zillow reports the median home value was $291,536, in mid-2022.

What Is Special about Oxford OH

Oxford truly is a small college town, with world-class activities, and a friendly connectedness not often found in today's communities. The presence of Miami University makes Oxford a fun and exciting place to live. President Benjamin Harrison was from Miami.

What Is Not Special about Oxford OH

Housing in an established pre-WWII neighborhood is difficult to find, but the warmth of the community makes it appealing even to those who would prefer to live in an older home.

Climate and Physical Environment

Oxford is located in Southwestern Ohio, where the farmlands of the plains and the hills of of the Ohio Valley meet. Average July high is 88 and average January low is 20. May is the rainiest month.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

From community theater and arts, to international entertainment sponsored by the university, Oxford offers a full spectrum of cultural opportunities. For retirees, Miami's Institute for Learning in Retirement is one of the fastest growing in the region. The Cincinnati area fills out the offerings with everything one would expect from a major metropolitan area. Miami University's Office of Continuing Education offers a variety of non-credit classes to the public, a nationally known Crafts Summer program focusing on crafts and fine arts, and a stellar Institute for Learning in Retirement.


The crime rate is well below average.

Medical Facilities

Oxford's local hospital has capabilities more like those one would expect in a much larger city. The Cincinnati area offers a full range of specialists and nationally-recognized medical facilities.


Oxford is less than an hour's drive from both the Cincinnati and Dayton airports. It is located within an easy drive of major interstates.

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