Russell Township

A rural suburb of Cleveland, Russell Township lies in Geauga County, a 35-minute drive east of the city. It covers 19.4 square miles, providing ample living space for its 5,188 citizens. The township is named for Gideon Russell, who, along with his family were the first people to settle in the area in 1818. Within Russell Township is an unincorporated community called Novelty, which has a post office and is sometimes used as another name for the area.

Most people who live in Russell Township own their own home (87%), and those homes have a median value of $276,200. Those who live there make a good living, as the median household income is $106,537, which is 41% above the national average. Russell Township provides a healthy environment for families, as the crime rate is low and the public schools are first-rate.

But the main attraction in Russell Township is without a doubt the colossal geodesic dome that marks the headquarters of ASM International, which was formerly known as the American Society for Metals. ASM International is a professional organization for engineers and materials scientists. Should your child be interested in materials science and engineering, ASM offers “Materials Camps” during the summer that are open to high school students and teachers alike.

The rural and spacious nature of Russell Township lends itself nicely to some idyllic park settings. The most famous of which is the West Woods, located in the township’s southeast corner, it offers trails, waterfalls, an interactive visitor’s center, and a wildlife feeding area. In the southwest corner of the township is the Russell Uplands Preserve, which offers multiple trails. It serves as a perfect place to walk your dog in the fall set against the colorful backdrop of the trees’ vibrantly changing leaves.

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