Florence, located in the heart of Central Ohio, is a quiet, agriculture centered community. just a 45 minute drive away from Columbus, Florence offers its apartment renting residents the best of both worlds: a peaceful community with convenient proximity to the biggest metropolitan area in Ohio.
Florence was established in 1915 as the community grew around the grain elevator that was built to provide service for the local farmers. A general store soon followed as did some single-family homes. Agriculture was and still is the crux of the local economy. For over 100 years, farmers in the area have raised both dairy and beef cattle. Other important farm products grown in the community include corn and hay. This community prides itself on a can-do attitude, neighborliness and hard work.
Today, the population of Florence and the surrounding rural area is 565. This community is known for neighbors helping neighbors as well as a commitment to maintaining a strong library and judicial system.
If you're young and single and looking to live in the neighborhood, you'll find plenty of things to do within a short drive of where your rental unit is located. The Ohio to Erie Trail passes nearby and provides you with plenty of wide open spaces for biking, hiking or running. Your neighborhood is a short drive from Pastime Park, which offers baseball diamonds, playground equipment and plenty of space to exercise or play a game of Frisbee.
Families with children moving into the neighborhood may enjoy a visit to the community library, which offers story times for children as well as book clubs for both children and adults. Just a short drive away, London's large library hosts an extensive collection of historical documents and artifacts from the area. You can also check out the historic First United Methodist Church, which is open to the public and holds services.
Transportation in the community is primarily by car. There is no public transit system in the county. If you drive to Franklin County, which is where Columbus is located, you can use the COTA bus system to get around downtown or get to destinations such as the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or Port Columbus International Airport.
When you're ready to further your education, you'll have many choices for colleges and universities near the place where you rent. Columbus State Community College maintains a campus in nearby Plain City. At Columbus State Community College, you can work on an associate's degree or take classes to build college credits that will transfer to other public universities in Ohio. The Rosedale Bible Institute is just a 10-minute drive from the center of town. The Ohio State University's main campus in Columbus only takes 45 minutes to get to from your apartment. At that university, you can earn a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree in one of hundreds of different majors.
Most people who live in unincorporated Florence drive to London or Columbus to work. The top sectors of employment for the area include retail, education and health care. Three of the area's leading employers include Walmart, the State of Ohio and Ohio State University.