Russell Township and Chester Township are two semi-rural Geauga county communities about 20 miles from downtown Cleveland which make up the West Geauga School System. Russell Township borders Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Chagrin Falls and Newbury.
Russell Township was originally known as West Woods, but renamed for its first settlers, the Gideon Russell family, who built their home on Chillicothe Road. The population has grown from 805 in 1870 to its current size of more than 5000 residents. Russell Township is focused on preserving and protecting its green space and fostering a country living experience. The median home value is $301,000 and the median household income is $103,000.
Chesterland is another name for the unincorporated Chester Township which is in the northwest corner of Geauga County. Approximately 2000 residents call Chesterland home. The median home value is $173,000 and median household income is $56,000. Its town center is at the intersection of Route 306 and 322. Chester Township is in the heart of the snowbelt thanks to its elevation and proximity to Lake Erie. The area has no city water; all residents receive drinking water from individual wells.
West Geauga Schools received an A-rating in 2019 from the Ohio Department of Education. It maintains two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school The Newbury school district will merge into West G schools in 2020. More information on the schools can be found at westg.org.
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