Delaware County is situated in central Ohio, encompassing 457 square miles of land. The county is composed of 18 townships containing five cities, five villages and 20 unincorporated communities. Delaware County is situated directly north of Franklin County, of which Columbus is the county seat. The county seat of Delaware County is Delaware, which serves as the center of activity for residents. Apart from the more populous regions in the south end of the county and in the city of Delaware, the county has a rural landscape with plenty of green space and farmland.
In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Delaware County as the fifth-best place in the United States to raise a family and the second-best in the state of Ohio. Delaware is famous for The Little Brown Jug, an internationally known harness race held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds horse racetrack since 1946. Additional places of interest in Delaware include the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay waterpark, Safari Golf club, the Strand Theater, Perkins Observatory, and more. Alum Creek State Park and Delaware State Park attract millions of local, national, and international visitors to the area each year. Three major rivers run through Delaware County from north to south; these waterways include the Scioto River, Olentangy River, Alum Creek and the Big Walnut Creek. The Alum Creek Lake and the Delaware Lake are reservoirs formed on Alum Creek and the Olentangy River, respectively.
Delaware County is home to 13 public school districts and a variety of private schools, providing an array of options for education. The county is home to The Ohio Wesleyan University. Additionally, residents may access several institutions for higher learning in the region, including the astonishing 50 colleges and universities within a 50-mile radius of Columbus. Healthcare facilities in Delaware County include OhioHealth and Mount Carmel Lewis Center, in addition to the many healthcare options in the Columbus area.