Situated in north central Ohio midway between Cleveland and Columbus, Richland County is in the heart of the beautiful Appalachian foothills and nearby several state parks that attract visitors from all over the world. Steep hills sometimes top 1,400 feet, earning southern Richland County the moniker, “Ohio’s rooftop.”
Weather in the area varies season to season, with a short spring that starts off chilly and wet (25-50º F), transitioning to pleasant, warm sunny days and cool, clear nights as the season heads into summer. Summers are sometimes humid and muggy, with temperatures typically in the 80-90°F (32°C) range. Autumn is usually the driest season with many clear warm days and cool nights and some of America’s most spectacular fall color – a big draw for leaf peepers. Fall temperatures hover around 30-50º F.
The county’s largest city is Mansfield, with a population of 51,600. With attractions you can’t find anyplace else on earth as relaxed, easygoing vibe and uncommon affordability, the region is popular with families, couples and groups of friends looking for a special escape that’s not stressful or overpriced.
By the early 1900s, the Mansfield region had become major agricultural and manufacturing center. Those rich histories are still alive today and visitors can experience them firsthand. Malabar Farm State Park, a working farm, and other agricultural experiences introduce visitors that important side of Ohio, while visitors can also meet the world’s first robot, Elektro, built in Mansfield by Westinghouse. The major appliance manufacturer pioneered robotics while headquartered in Mansfield from 1914 to the 1970s.