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    Zanesville is a city in Muskingum County, Ohio, 52 miles east of Columbus. Its affordable housing cost and ideal location have made it a desirable option for retirees. 

    Climate & Geography

    Located in Southeast Ohio, the city has a humid continental climate with hot summers and cold, often freezing, winters. Residents can expect less snow than the national average, and about 173 days of sun each year. 

    Zanesville—sitting on the Western Allegheny Plateau—has a mixed geography, with flat land through the city’s center and plenty of rolling hills and wooded areas on its outskirts. The Muskingum River flows south, directly through the middle of the city. 

    Recreation, Culture & Entertainment 

    Zanesville is home to many local, cultural attractions, including museums, art galleries and antique malls. The city is also home to some popular architectural landmarks including Y Bridge and Lock and Dam No. 10.

    There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities in the surrounding area, such as Dillon State Park, a 2,285-acre park with plenty of amenities available to visitors, including boating, hiking, camping, hunting, and recreational courts for sports, archery, and disc golf. Blue Rock State Park is also nearby, featuring many of the same amenities as well as ice fishing in the winter. Active adults will be able to enjoy gorgeous scenery, fun activities, and a chance to meet wildlife with easy access to the parks near Zanesville.  

    Residents also have the opportunity to take a day trip to the state capital, Columbus, where they will encounter world-class attractions such as Ohio Stadium and Easton Town Center. 

    Cost of Living & Taxes

    Much like the rest of Ohio, the overall cost of living in Zanesville is significantly less than the national average. While the cost of utilities, health care, and groceries are around average, transportation costs are much lower, and the cost of housing is over 50% lower than the national average.

    Ohio is deemed moderately tax friendly for retirees, depending on their source of retirement income. The state does not tax Social Security benefits, however pensions and retirement savings accounts are subject to income tax. Some retirees may be eligible for a small tax credit against pensions and savings. Homeowners who are 65+ may also be eligible for a homestead exemption the help alleviate property taxes.

    Health Care

    Zanesville is home to Genesis Healthcare System which is rated high performing by U.S News.

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