We pride ourselves as being a major influential partner within our Holmes County, Ohio community and believe there are many reasons our local community provides one of the best places to work and live.

About Holmes County Ohio

About Holmes County Ohio
About Holmes County Ohio

The county population of approximately 42,000 includes about 20,000 Amish. Millersburg, the county seat, is the home of Pomerene Hospital, government offices, the main post office, banks, grocery stores, shops, the main library and the Amish Country Visitor Center.

The county's two school districts, West and East, enroll about 4,600 students in two high schools, one middle school, and 14 elementary schools. Special learning needs are met at the Holmes County Training Center. There also are about 95 Amish parochial schools.

The county has three commissioners, 14 township trustees and many churches, clubs, and organizations.

Drink in the scenery, enjoy the relaxing pace, drive down the roads and lanes of yesteryear, where every major road is a designated scenic byway.There are no interstate freeways in the county - yet millions of visitors find their way here annually to explore and experience the epic beauty of the area.It is one of the more prosperous and yet distinctly rural counties in Ohio. There is constant growth, but the beautiful countryside remains pleasantly unspoiled.

Amish and Holmes County

Amish and Holmes County
Amish and Holmes County
Amish and Holmes County

The Amish community and Mennonites are the result of an outgrowth of the 16th century Anabaptist movement in Europe. During the Swiss Protestant Reformation, the Amish and Mennonites were considered radical for rejecting infant baptism and mandatory military service so they immigrated to America with high hopes of religious freedom. 

It was here they decided to settle; they farmed, grew, raised families until today, their descendants in Holmes County and the surrounding counties constitute the largest community of Amish in the world, better known as, Ohio’s Amish Country.  

The first people of the Amish faith settled in Sugarcreek, Ohio in 1808. Jonas Stutzman, the first white male to settle in eastern Holmes County, made his homestead in Walnut Creek in 1809 and from there, the population continued to nurture. Today 36,000-38,000 Amish live in a five-county region made up of Holmes, Wayne, Ashland, Tuscarawas and Coshocton with their population doubling about every 16 years. 

A Rich Amish Culture

A Rich Amish Culture
A Rich Amish Culture

Pomerene Hospital is located in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country.  Amish patients make up nearly 50% of our customers, and we see more Amish patients than any other hospital in the world.  With our unique customer focus, we provide a three-bedroom furnished “Amish House” on our premises.  Amish families who come from afar to seek medical treatment may stay at the “Amish House” to be near their loved ones, and Amish patients with an early morning surgical procedure where transportation may be difficult can also use the “Amish House.”  As an organization, we take pride in our culture and provide every employee with cultural training so that great care is given to every patient, every time.

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Rural Community Benefits

There are several benefits to living in a rural community, especially in our very own.

Low cost of living

Holmes County's cost of living is 4.90% which is lower than the U.S. average.

Nature, Independence and Privacy

Country living offers the satisfaction of a slower, more leisurely and calmer pace of each day creating well-being as opposed to the every day stresses and complexities of city living.

Nature Independence and Privacy

Commute times to work and other activities of daily living are significantly reduced, creating more time for activities important to you. Urban adventures are within a short driving distance from Millersburg, Ohio.

Nature, Independence and Privacy

Large property areas offer room for gardens and trees and large lawns for playing children and/or pets.

Culture of Holmes County

Holmes County offers a cooperative spirit and sense of security rarely found in a crowded city. Neighbors are friendly and look out for one another each and every day.

Culture of Holmes County: Children

Children are safe and free to roam outdoors, climb trees, ride their bikes on the trails, run in the fields and be as loud as they like

Culture of Holmes County: Opportunities

There are more opportunities for personal involvement within the community. Residents have a greater chance of their opinions being heard and considered.

Culture of Holmes County: Family

Holmes County is family-oriented and faith-based . Families are supportive and spend a great amount of time together. We are a close-knit community and Pomerene Hospital reflects those values.


Healthy lifestyles options with space for a garden or the convenient availability of fresh, locally grown produce through the numerous farmers' markets located within and around our community. You may also take advantage of the homemade Amish goods.

Low Crime Rate

Holmes County, Ohio violent crime on a scale from 1 to 100 is 18.6. The U.S. average is 41.1. Holmes County property crime is 23 and the U.S. average is 43.5. Larger cities like Columbus, Ohio, violent crime is 68 and property crime in 73.

Local Education Opportunities

In Holmes County, we are the home to two school districts

West Holmes School District

West Holmes School District

West Holmes High School is a public high school in Millersburg, Ohio. It holds grades 9-12. West Holmes is currently rated 'Excellent' from the state of Ohio, and has received this rating three consecutive years. Its mascot is the Knights. Many of the students attending West Holmes High School are from West Holmes Middle School.

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West Holmes is in the Ohio Cardinal Conference and holds several state championships.

Girls Basketball Girls Basketball
1984, 1985, 1986, 2014

Holds Ohio State Record for most consecutive wins with 108

Girls Tennis Girls Tennis
Rachel Nelson:

2011 Division II State Champion

Wrestling Wrestling
Colt Sponsellor:

2006 Division II State Wrestling Champion

Tyler Hawkins

2008 Division II State Wrestling Champion

East Holmes School District

East Holmes School District

Hiland High School is a public high school in Berlin, Holmes County, Ohio. Its mascot is the Hawks. The school is known for its basketball program. The school is in the heart of Amish Country and has received excellent ratings from the state since 2001.

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Hiland High School holds several state championships

Boys Basketball Boys Basketball
1992, 2011, 2012

Girls Basketball Girls Basketball
2000, 2005, 2006, 2008

Boys Baseball Boys Baseball

Aside from being the home of our very own two school districts, we have several other communities surrounding us with great school systems as well. Those are:

Advanced Learning Opportunities

We have several extended learning opportunities nearby for those just graduating high school and those simply looking to further their education. That is the beauty of living in a rural community – we are within reasonable driving distance to larger cities with universities, colleges and other opportunities to continuing education.