The City of Delaware is an Ohio Magazine Best Hometown, a Money Magazine Top 50 Best Place to Live in America and boasts an award-winning downtown. Delaware blends a traditional hometown atmosphere with a modern, independent spirit. Its 200-plus year history includes being the seat of government for Delaware County, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Families and businesses find our vibrant downtown, established neighborhoods and diverse cultural and recreational opportunities attractive. The population is nearly 42,000, and has grown by about 40 percent over the past two decades. The balanced local economy features high-tech and manufacturing, government, health care, education, financial institutions and several commercial districts. Ohio Wesleyan University recently opened a first-of-its-kind entrepreneurial center in partnership with the city and county. Delaware is a Main Street Community, a Tree City USA and a Solsmart Community.