Multi-billion dollar companies, home of the second largest summer tennis event in the U.S., highly ranked high schools, low crime rates, and a big city feel with suburban charm — sounds like a great place to live, huh? Time Magazine thought so too. I am talking about Mason, Ohio.
With a population of roughly 53,640, an average income of $89,900, household composition almost evenly divided from a 1 to a 5-person household, and the median age of 38 years old, the city seems like typical suburbia. I thought so too until I made the move to this amazing city.
I am a recent transplant from the Kansas City area and shortly after college, I found myself in a brand new city with adventure in my eyes. Shortly after my move, I started dating, settled down, and created a family in a city not too far from Cincinnati. I had heard that Mason was very suburban and honestly, that did not appeal to me. But as I slowly learned the lay of the land (and learned how to get to and from my neighborhood without getting trapped in one of the many cul-de-sacs), I knew the same thing many of the residents here feel — “I’m home.”
My partner has an 11-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter whom I absolutely love and enjoy spending time with doing anything from playing Xbox to riding our bikes. I believe having a family in Mason has enriched my life but even if I were still single, I can understand the appeal of living here.The city is clean, the landscaping is well maintained, the restaurants/sweet shops are a foodie’s dream, and there’s even an amusement park right down the street.
Rather than just tell you how awesome my new hometown is, let me show you around.
If you’re looking for an amusement park with something extra, this is your park. You have your typical scare-me-to-death rides but Kings Island offers a scaled-replica of the Eiffel Tower, one of the longest inverted roller coasters in the U.S. and the attached water park is getting a 7-story water slide. Needless to say, you’ll have fun here. I can’t tell how many times I’ve lost my voice at this park from screaming but it’s totally worth it. Maybe stop by the Starbucks near the entrance/exit for some hot tea if you need to sooth your vocal chords.
I definitely have a sweet tooth (thanks dad!) and this local candy shop does just the job. From childhood candies to more modern sweets, Main Street Sweets never lets you down. A few of my favorites include the bazooka bubble gum, unique & yummy flavored popcorn, gummy peaches, Lego candies and now I’m thinking I need to stop there real quick.
This place will change the way you think about pizza. From its first store being opened in Aug. 2012, Blaze Pizza is thriving and you don’t have to worry if you don’t live in the area because chances are there’s one coming to you soon. I’m just glad I found it (thanks to the help of my son, Colin). I kid you not, we went there twice in one day the very first time I bit into this delicious, made-from-scratch, oven-fired pizza. The crust is just crispy enough, you can order unique cheeses (gorgonzola, ricotta and ovalini to name a few), customize the type of finish you would like and even choose the dough. Ok, after the candy shop I’m thinking I need to get a pizza.
The truth is, there is a lot to talk about when it comes to Mason and I’m still learning what this awesome city has to offer. All I can say is that I’m lucky to have found my way to Mason, Ohio, I’m lucky to have made a home for myself here and I’m extremely lucky to have created a place where my family and I can enjoy this town together. Maybe next year we’ll make #1 on Time Magazine’s Best Places to Live in the U.S.!