City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Living In UA

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The City of Upper Arlington is a first-ring, primarily residential suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Approximately 90 years old and just under 10 square miles in size, Upper Arlington is called home by more than 33,000 residents, with multiple generations of the same family to be found in close proximity to each other. They value its strong sense of tradition and community, excellent school system, beautiful neighborhoods with mature street trees, and the many exceptional safety and City services that are provided.

Over the decades, the community has often been a leader in setting the standard for quality of life expectations. The City boasts an extensive and well-used network of community parks with a rich variety of active and passive recreational opportunities. Community gatherings and celebrations are the standard not the exception here, including a resident-driven Fourth of July parade and festival, the region's premier one-day arts festival, summer concerts and more.

In the mid-1970s, Upper Arlington made the conscious decision to halt its physical growth, and to shift its focus to maintaining and enhancing a quality residential environment, with the goal of growing deeper and stronger as a community.

With an ideal central location and close proximity to The Ohio State University, Upper Arlington residents are well educated and place great value on opportunities for continuing their own lifelong learning, as well as ensuring a quality learning environment for their children.

In the Living in UA section, you can find access to information about our community.

Doing Business

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If you are looking for a community to call home for your business, look no further than Upper Arlington. If you are looking for an educated workforce, an active business community, easy access to the Central Ohio region and services that are second to none, you've found the right place. In 2014 alone, Nerdwallet ranked Upper Arlington as the ninth most educated place in America and Business Insider ranked Upper Arlington the best suburb in Central Ohio, the second best in the state and the sixth best in the nation.

For almost a century, Upper Arlington has set the standard for exceptional City and safety services, extensive educational opportunities and a unique sense of pride. We are home to a nationally ranked library system, a forward-thinking Chamber of Commerce, and an active civic network. Plus, our tax rates are lower than many of our Central Ohio neighbors.

As we've set our sights on growing and diversifying our business base, we have accomplished a healthy balance between providing our residents and daytime business population with a full range of amenities and services and expanding the space occupied by professional office users. Recent commercial successes clearly demonstrate that it makes sense to do business in UA.

The Upper Arlington business community is already impressive, but we have so much more on the horizon. We invite you to be part of this renaissance and to establish your own roots in Upper Arlington. Learn more by reading our Economic Development brochure shown below.

ed dev brochureUpper Arlington's Economic Development Department provides a wide scope of services to existing, new, and expanding businesses, including our award winning streamlined review and zoning process.

Whether you are a Fortune 500 company or a small business just starting out, we want you to be successful in our community. We can help you find the right location and will serve as your liaison to guide you through the City's licensing, development, review and permitting processes. We will respond to your specific needs and make it our goal to bring your vision to fruition.

Please contact Economic Development Manager, Joe Henderson, at 614-583-5046 or to learn how the City of Upper Arlington can support your business.

Visiting UA

UA MallwayWelcome to Upper Arlington, Ohio–a city rich with history and alive with culture.  From our world-class golf courses to our beautiful historic home district, booming special events calendar and unique array of shops and restaurants, our city has something for everyone. Here in Upper Arlington we're proud of our heritage and strong sense of community and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you. 

Navigate through What to Do, Where to Stay, Where to Eat and Where to Shop for some ideas of how to make your visit to Upper Arlington unforgettable. And it's okay if you don't have time to fit it all in, you can just come back and visit us again. 
Here for business? No problem. Our proximity to Columbus and The Ohio State University as well as our brand new hotel make Upper Arlington an excellent choice for your organization's next meeting or conference.
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News & Notices

  • Summer Celebration
    Parks & Recreation Department's annual Summer Celebration event.
  • Peddling/Solicitation Permits
    Apply online for a solicitation permit, and see listing of entities with current solicitation permits.
  • Construction Updates
    The Westwood Avenue reconstruction project begins May 23. The Reed Road reconstruction project between Lane Rd and McCoy begins next Tuesday but watch for project staging later this week.