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Overview of Lebanon

Located in southwestern Ohio, Lebanon is considered part of the Cincinnati metro area. The community is known today as The Cedar City because of the abundance of Eastern Redcedar trees there. Lebanon is a great place for residents who commute to work because it is located new Interstates 71 and 75.

Downtown Lebanon is an ideal all-American community, boasting historical architecture, antique shops, local restaurants and unique specialty shops. Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory is one of the most famous shops with premium chocolates, toffee and Texas Tortoises. Lebanon is also home to the nation's largest YMCA facility.

Lebanon apartments for rent are surrounded by rich history and scenic green spaces, and are an ideal location for individuals working in the nearby cities. The population has greatly increased over the past two decades, according to statistics from the U.S Census Bureau. In 1990, roughly 10,800 residents lived in the city, but today more than 20,200 people call Lebanon home.

Living in Lebanon, OH

After the treaty of Greenville was signed in August 1795, the first settlers came to the area now known as Lebanon. In September 1802, four settlers laid out the streets of Lebanon and 100 lots were cut out of a primitive forest boasting white oak, black walnut, elm and sycamore trees. Tucked between Turtle Creek and its North Fork, Lebanon only consisted of one-half block long and three blocks wide. In 1803, Lebanon was chosen as the temporary seat of Warren County.

In December, settler Jonas Seaman opened a tavern that was first a log cabin called Golden Lamb. Over going through several name and owner shifts, a fourth floor was added in the late 1870s to accommodate railroad workers. Over the years, 10 presidents dined there as well as Charles Dickens, Samuel Clemens and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The inn is honored as one of the oldest known today.

The architecture of Lebanon is unlike the majority of the Midwest, and is still preserved in four historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. The colonial atmosphere in Lebanon has given the community a reputation as a picturesque community.

Lebanon Work and Study

In Lebanon, residents can easily travel to the nearby metropolitan areas of Cincinnati and Dayton. The average commute for Lebanon residents is 25 minutes, three minutes shorter than the national average, according to Best Places. Some of the city's top employers include Countryside YMCA, ADVICS Manufacturing, Wal-Mart and Kroger Marketplace.

Students living in rentals in Lebanon have similar opportunities to travel to Dayton or Cincinnati for post-secondary education. The area's colleges include Antonelli College, Beckfield College, Dayton School of Medical Massage, the Art Institute of Ohio and Kaplan College.

Rentals in Lebanon, OH and Cost of Living

Living in Lebanon is very reasonably priced considering the quaint community and prime location. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 4 points lower than the national average, food is 1 point lower and utilities are 1 points lower. Similarly, the average cost of rentals in Lebanon is fairly low. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent is $803. 

Lebanon Attractions and Special Events

In Lebanon, the community members look forward to four events in particular throughout the year. The Country Applefest, Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade, Lebanon Blues festival and Warren County Festivals of the Arts offer the perfect opportunity to get a true taste of the inviting atmosphere of Lebanon.

The city is also home to four parks that range from small green spaces to the vast 136-acre centerpiece of the community. Colonial Park features an extensive trail network, several creeks, eight baseball/softball fields, a soccer field, shelters, playground areas and a basketball court. Harmon Park is another beloved open space with a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, playgrounds and the Lebanon-Countryside YMCA Trail.

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