Community Profile

Walk through the tree-lined streets of this quaint town and discover a thriving university community—a community with a commitment to managed growth. Oxford is well-insulated from crime, economic valleys and unemployment. Its small-town charm, historic architecture, and support of local businesses are core values that bond the local community.

Oxford—rich in history—began as a planned village in the early 1800’s when Miami University was formed through an act of the Legislature of Ohio in the Northwest Territory.

Before the Civil War, Dr. George W. Keeley, a prominent dentist in the development of dental surgery, gathered elm and other tree seedlings from the surrounding forests and planted them along Oxford’s bare streets and throughout the Miami University campus. Today, the tree-lined streets and campus walkways are part of Oxford’s special appeal to residents, students and visitors.

From the original square mile, the village has grown to a city of 7.24 square miles with approximately 10 1/2 % zoned commercial or light industrial. The current City Council is pursuing managed growth.

The main source of revenue for the City of Oxford is the 2% income tax imposed on local salaries.

Major Employer / Number of Employees

  • Miami University / 3,800
  • McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital / 400
  • Square D Company / 350
  • Talawanda School District / 350
  • Wal-Mart / 300

About the City of Oxford

  • Oxford is a full-service municipality; it pumps its own water (2.5 million gallons a day capacity), treats its own sewage, and administers its own building, zoning and housing regulations. Refuse collection in Oxford is contracted. It also has a full-staff Parks & Recreation Department.
  • Natural gas is provided by Glenwood Energy of Oxford, Inc.(formally known as the Oxford Natural Gas Company) and electrical service is provided by Duke Energy.
  • Access to Oxford is by U.S. 27 and Ohio Routes 73 and 732. Interstate 275, the circle freeway around Cincinnati that connects with both Interstates 74 and 75, is approximately 20 minutes out of Oxford via U. S. 27.
  • Five hotels serve Oxford area including; nearby Hueston Woods State Park (94-room lodge and 59 cabins), The Marcum Conference Center & Inn (50 rooms), Amerihost Inn (64 rooms), Hampton Inn (66 rooms) and the Best Western (61). Holiday Inn (60 rooms) recently joined the community with a new hotel located in our Uptown area.
  • Miami University Airport has a 4,000 foot paved and lighted runway in Oxford. Airports at nearby Middletown (25 miles) and Hamilton (15 miles) can accommodate small jets. The Greater Cincinnati International Airport is 51 miles from Oxford.
  • Miami University, established in 1809, is state supported and has three campuses: Oxford and branches, Middletown and Hamilton.
  • Oxford is in the Talawanda School District and supports Talawanda High School, Talawanda Middle School, and three elementary schools: Kramer (K-5), Bogan (K-5) and Marshall (K-5).

Why Relocate to Oxford?

  • Active Oxford offers business owners a small college-town atmosphere with a congenial mix of residents and students, an abundance of open space and the intellectual stimulation of Miami University – the seventh oldest state-assisted university in the nation and rated among the top national universities.
  • Clean-air businesses choose to open in Oxford for the following reasons:
  • Attractive shopping district with high daytime pedestrian traffic
  • Extremely low crime rate
  • Daytime student population of 16,000
  • Wide range of cultural events, educational activities and athletic events sponsored by Miami University brings visitors and parents of Miami students to Oxford
  • Summer visitors from nearby Hueston Woods State Park
  • Nearby access to Miami University faculty members
  • Close proximity with Miami’s professors at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration and the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Use of Miami University’s King Library with over 2 million volumes
  • Above-average educational level of residents

Additional Areas of Interest

Recreation, Entertainment, and Special Events

  • Oxford has eleven parks, a heated outdoor municipal swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, lighted playing fields, and the TRI recreation building housing classes for children and adults, a game area and exercise facilities. Miami University facilities are generally open to the public, and include an indoor ice skating rink, hiking trails, indoor pools, and a riding stable. Oxford also has a bowling alley. The Oxford Country Club (private) has four tennis courts, 9 hole golf course, and outdoor swimming pool. A new 18 hole golf course, Indian Ridge Golf Club is in close proximity.
  • Hueston Woods State Park, located approximately six miles north of Oxford, has a lake, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking facilities, and an 18 hole golf course.

Cultural Resources, Special Events, & Clubs

  • There is a wide variety of cultural resources and events available to Oxford residents. Many national performing and visual art productions are presented by Miami. Other entertainment includes the OxAct (a community theatre group) Performing Arts series, Miami University Theatre, the Miami University Art Museum, the McGuffey Museum, Oxford Community Band, indoor movie theatre, and a wide variety of sporting events including ice hockey, basketball, and football games. There are also a number of significant archaeological sites, classified as mounds or prehistoric campsites, in the community as classified by the State of Ohio.
  • Special events include the following: Holiday Festival/Arts & Crafts Fair, Oxford Music Festival, Red Brick Rally Car Show, Dog Days, Puppy Days, Moonlight Madness Sales, Halloween Parade, Band Day, New Student Day, and Homecoming Parade.
  • The Oxford community also has numerous clubs and organizations.

Health Services

  • Health services are provided by many organizations. McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, in the center of Oxford, is a fully accredited, non-profit facility with various specialties. The emergency room is staffed by a physician around the clock, seven days a week.
  • The City is within an hour of major metropolitan hospitals and medical complexes throughout the Cincinnati-Dayton Metroplex.
  • Additional health related services are provided by the Community Counseling & Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood, Oxford Pregnancy Care Center, Miami University Student Health Services, Miami University Psychology Clinic, and Speech and Hearing Clinic. Oxford also has 2 nursing homes and a beautiful retirement community, The Knolls of Oxford.