Ohio Wesleyan University has been ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the United States by US News and World Report and supports many international and minority students. It is also ranked as one of the best values for higher education. The University was founded in 1842 on the site of a former hotel and health spa. Today it contributes a great deal to the feel and culture of Delaware, giving the town a cosmopolitan vibe complete with restaurants to suit every taste. The town is built around a traditional, town-square-style downtown area and has a wealth of entertainment and amenities to offer no matter what you're looking for. The downtown shops are as diverse as they come, but if you prefer national brands, northwest Columbus isn't too far away with its more mainstream offerings. Aside from the University, manufacturing and skilled trades are major sources of employment in the area.

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Delaware, Ohio, is located in central Ohio just 24 miles north of Columbus, the state capital. It covers approximately 19 square miles and is the county seat of Delaware County, with its population estimated around 36,000 residents. Available homes range from luxury townhomes to duplexes and large stately stone-faced houses. Many of the students at Delaware's Ohio Wesleyan University live on campus, leaving a good assortment of housing options open for non-students.

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