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The City of Hilliard offers convenient suburban living for those who work in and around Columbus, Ohio. Located within 15 minutes of Columbus, Hilliard had a population of around 28,500 people as of 2010. The city is a part of Norwich Township, and it's located in Franklin County. Neighboring communities include Upper Arlington, Dublin, and Galloway. The I-270 highway cuts through Hilliard from the north to the south. The city is named for John Reed Hilliard, who started the history of Hilliard in 1852 when he purchased 10 acres of land. This area was originally known as Hilliard's Station, and eventually a town grew up around railroad tracks that lead to the Piqua and Indiana Railroad station and went through the farmland in the Hilliard area.
Shopping and Dining
One of the largest shopping destinations around Hilliard is The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, which is located in Dublin. This shopping center includes major department stores such as JC Penney, Macy's, and Sears. The Hilliard Square Shopping Center is located off Cemetery Road and includes a Kroger supermarket and a Play It Again Sports. Other grocery shopping possibilities in and around Hilliard includes the Giant Eagle on Britton Parkway and the ALDI located on Cemetery Road. Pharmacies in Hilliard include a Walgreens and a CVS, both of which are located on Cemetery Road.
Among the most highly praised fine dining restaurants in and around Hilliard are The Olive Tree Mediterranean Cafe on Hilliard-Rome Road, the Starliner Diner on Cemetery Road, and Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. For pizza or Italian dishes, those residing in Hilliard real estate can head to Iacono's Italian Restaurant on Cemetery Road or Carrabba's Italian Grill on Trueman Boulevard. Popular spots for Asian cuisine in Hilliard include Wild Ginger- a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant- and Tai's Asian Bistro- a Chinese restaurant.
Parks and Recreation
Hilliard Municipal Park and Conklin Park are two natural areas located in Hilliard. Hilliard Municipal Park on Veterans Memorial Drive offers a basketball court, a tennis court, a Disc golf course, and soccer facilities. Conklin Park is located at Peachtree Drive and Conklin Drive. This park features a playground for young visitors, picnic tables, and well maintained landscaping. Parks and recreational areas that are located a bit further from Hilliard real estate include Clover Groff Natural Area to the south, Heritage Trail Metro Park to the northwest and Prairie Oaks Metropark to the west. Natural areas around Hilliard that allow opportunities for hiking, fishing, and camping can be reached to the southwest at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park and to the north at Delaware State Park.
Recreational resources for residents of Hilliard real estate include two swimming pools and a YMCA located on Cosgray Road. The Heritage Golf Club offers a golf course set over undulating hills, scenic lakes, and winding fairways. Other recreational resources for those living in Hilliard include the Power Shack Fitness Center on Fishinger Boulevard, Snap Fitness on Hilliard Rome Road, and Improvement Warrior Yoga at Leap Court.
Hilliard is an affluent community in comparison to communities across the rest of Ohio. With a median household income of over $80,000 in 2012, the typical household in Hilliard makes over $30,000 more per year than the typical household overall. Additionally, Hilliard has a somewhat young population with a median resident age of almost five years less than the median resident age in all of Ohio. The cost of living is about even with the national average in Hilliard, and population density is about average with around 2,700 people per square mile.
Schools, Health, and Transportation
The Hilliard City School District runs schools in Hilliard itself, in parts of Columbus, in Galloway, and in Dublin. The school district includes fourteen different elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools. High schools located within Hilliard that are run by the Hilliard City School District include the Hilliard Davidson High School on Davidson Road and the Hilliard Darby High School on Leppert Road. Additionally, Hilliard is home to several privated schools such as Sunrise Academy and St. Brendan School. Residents of Hilliard real estate can continue their studies at area universities such as the Ohio State University- Main Campus and Columbus State Community College in Columbus.
Healthcare institutions that provide medical services to those residing in Hilliard real estate include Hilliard Family Medicine on Leap Road, Nationwide Children's Hospital on Brown Park Drive, and Hometown Urgent Care on Scioto Darby Road.
Transportation services in Hilliard are offered by COTA. Also, Columbus is serviced by an Amtrak station and a Greyhound station, both of which are located on East Town Street. Those residing in the area can reach both domestic and international destinations via air travel by flying out of the Rickenbacker International Airport.