Welcome to the City of Centerville, Ohio. Please browse our website and learn more about our “warm and cheerful” City that showcases tree-lined streets, a lively downtown, quality and diverse housing options, from starter to executive homes, with warm and friendly neighbors.
Whether you are looking for a City to live, work, play or raise your family in our attractive neighborhoods, people choose Centerville. Our community boasts bustling business centers, nationally recognized public and private schools, hundreds of recreational and athletic programs, miles of hiking/biking trails, nearly 50 parks, nationally accredited Police and Fire departments, fine dining, upscale shopping and a charming historic downtown business district. In addition to award-winning schools, our Centerville-Washington Park District and Centerville-Washington Library provide an enhanced lifestyle truly unique for a community of our size.
Home to our State’s largest collection of early stone buildings, our official City motto, “Progress and Stability,” shows that we appreciate our rich past and look toward a positive and dynamic future. While our founding goes back to 1796, it was in 1968 that Centerville reached a population of 5,000—a benchmark number required for City status. In 2018, we celebrated our 50th anniversary of becoming a city, now with almost 24,000 people living in our city.
Centerville is a community rich in history, and we welcome you to travel through our downtown area, with brick sidewalks and limestone buildings, to fully appreciate our history. In doing so, please enjoy the look and feel of a bygone era with all of the conveniences of a contemporary city. Stop in Bill’s Donut Shop where the staff at this Centerville landmark has been serving the best donuts and coffee for more than 50 years, 24-hours a day. Meander to the “Four Corners” of Main and Franklin streets--the second highest point in Montgomery County--and tour the historical society’s four sites including the Asahel Wright House, once home to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s great uncle, and now a one-room schoolhouse museum.
Centerville is often called a City of Volunteers—and this is for good reason. From service organizations to faith-based groups to community volunteers, our citizens take active ownership in their community.
Whether you are attending a community activity offered by our nationally accredited Police Department, enjoying music at one of our summer concerts, strolling the grounds of our beautiful Victorian Homestead, Benham’s Grove, or hitting the links at our renowned municipal golf course, The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, we want you to enjoy your time in our wonderful City! This is a hometown where events like the Holiday Walk and the Americana 4th of July Festival create memories for a lifetime.
Please email or call me, 937-433-7151, with any questions regarding our City or services.
From those who are elected to represent you, to the professional staff who serves you, to the volunteers who help make this a great City, we thank you for visiting our City and contributing to our community.
Wayne Davis, City Manager