Living


Nothing can prepare the harried city dweller for the quiet, relaxed atmosphere of Guernsey County. The lovely small-town setting generates a friendliness that is unexpected in today's world. Built on the quiet dignity of hard working people, Guernsey County boasts a superior standard of living.

The Colonel Taylor Inn is a nationally-recognized bed and breakfast and characterizes the classic architecture found in some Cambridge-area homes and buildings.

Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center (Southeastern Med)

More than 60 years after caring for its first patients, Southeastern Med remains a not-for-profit hospital, dedicated to treating all patients, regardless of ability to pay.  Southeastern Med proudly serves the communities of Guernsey, Noble, Muskingum, Belmont, Monroe, Morgan, Harrison, Coshocton, and Tuscarawas Counties, as well as numerous visitors to our area.  Today, the medical center has evolved into Guernsey County’s only state-of-the-art general acute health care center.

Southeastern Med is accredited by The Joint Commission and provides cardiac services in affiliation with The Ohio State University Medical Center.  With over 45 highly-credentialed active physicians on its medical staff representing a wide variety of medical specialties, Southeastern Med provides services including inpatient and outpatient care; diagnostic imaging; and emergency, medical, and surgical care.  It’s also proud to offer rehabilitation therapy, wound care, and sleep medicine.  The hospital has also recently purchased The Cambridge Regional Cancer Center in an effort to keep cancer services local for those who need it the most.  Our dedicated staff, along with a strong base of volunteers, cares about community wellness and is committed to providing excellent health care close to home.

Quick Stats

  • 45+ active full-time physicians
  • 98 acute care beds + nursery unit
  • 150+ volunteers
  • 765 staff members
  • 4,645+ annual admissions equaling 14,636 days of care
  • 32,615+ emergency visits per year

More than 488,000 visits are served by outpatient services annually

Shopping

Downtown Cambridge: 75 stores
Downtown Byesville: 20 stores
Cambridge Square Plaza: 4 stores
Parkway Square Mall: 9 stores
Tractor Supply Mall: 7 stores
North Star Center: 11 stores
Dewey Avenue Center: 4 stores
Parkway Center: 7 stores
Wal-Mart Supercenter: 17 stores

Housing

Average home purchase 2000: $69,863
Typical lot size: 75 x 150
Typical lot cost: $10,000
Typical construction: basement, frame, brick
Housing developments: available for middle to upper income level homes
Average home rental range: $425 to $575
Apartment rental: $300 to $475

NOTE: Rental rates may be significantly higher in some facilities due to high demand.

Community Amenities

Accommodations: 18 hotels, motels, and b&b's: total units over 1,200

Restaurants: The area is served by numerous both locally-owned and national chain restaurants catering to all tastes.

Churches: More than 38 churches of various denominations serve the Cambridge area.

Main cultural attractions:  Community concerts, community theater, antiques and crafts,
The Living Word Outdoor Drama, Civic Center Variety Series, Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival and numerous seasonal events featuring car shows, festivals, motorcycles shows, and the widely-known, ever-growing Dickens Victorian Village Christman festival that runs from November through January.

Parks: Guernsey County is home to Salt Fork State Park (Ohio’s largest state park), along with a major recreational area at Seneca Lake, Ohio’s third largest lake.  Beautiful Cambridge Municipal Park offers swimming, tennis, baseball, and other attractions, while many surrounding municipalities are served by smaller community parks.

Newspapers: The Daily Jeffersonian is the daily source of information for county residents.

TV/Radio: Major network television feeds are provided by Dish, DirecTV, or Time Warner Cable originating in Zanesville or Columbus.  Local cable channel 2 provides local access.  AVC Communications provides four local radio stations, offering Top 40, classic rock, old standards, country, or ESPN programming.

Meeting facilities: The Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center offers exposition and meeting rooms, a 525-seat auditorium, and banquet seating for 700.  Additional banquet venues are offered by local hotels and restaurants.  The CIC conference room, seating 20, is offered to clients needing to meet with local contacts.

Financial Institutions: The community is served by major financial institutions such as US Bank, PNC Bank, Advantage Bank, Peoples Bank, Wesbanco, and Community Savings Bank.  Investment services are provided by Edward Jones, Ameriprise Financial, and AG Edwards, among others.

Libraries: The Guernsey County Library system offers a full-service main library in downtown Cambridge, along with beautiful new branches in east Cambridge and Byesville.