Colerain Township :: Overview
First Impression: Expansive and yet often underexplored, Colerain Township is the most highly populated of Hamilton County's 12 townships, encompassing the communities of White Oak, Groesbeck, Northbrook and Northgate. Colerain's charm is that it contains all of the amenities of a small city, with the natural landscapes of a rural area.
Second Look: Colerain, which was founded in 1790 by an Irish settler named John Dunlap, still in many parts looks similar to how it must have two-hundred years ago - half of the township is comprised of woodlands. Colerain stretches across 43 square miles of wooded hills separating the Mill Creek and Great Miami River basins, and is accessed by US Route 27 (Colerain Avenue), I-74 and I-275.
Many are attracted to Colerain for its natural beauty and historic character, yet accessibility to modern conveniences and ample shopping options. The township possesses a good mix of quiet residential areas with bustling commercial zones. Houses tend to be affordable with sizeable yards, and many subdivisions have a more unique styling and historic feel than their other suburban counterparts.
Another big draw for Colerain is its schools. Colerain is part of the Northwest Local School District, which has a reputation for high performance. Groesbeck, one of Colerain's communities, was named in 2007 by Business Week magazine as the top Great Place to Raise Kids - rated on the number of public and private schools, the reading and math test scores at those schools (as compared with the state average), the cost of living, proximity to a wide variety of recreational and cultural activities and the low crime rate.
Overall, Colerain Township is an area that many families and first-time homebuyers favor - making it the highest-populated township in the county. Its affordable, spacious residences, proximity to all basic amenities, high quality schools and safe streets combine to create a great place to live, work and play.