is situated in east central Ohio on the border of West Virginia and
Pennsylvania. This location offers many advantages in regard to population,
major transportation hubs and nearby cities.
The population of
Jefferson County is nearly 80,000 with approximately 25% of that total
centered in the county seat of Steubenville. However, within a 35-mile
radius of the county, the population increases to 1.25 million.
Three major interstate
highways and many four-lane connectors link the region's major cities
and provide access to the entire country. These thoroughfares, along
with three major rail lines and the Ohio River, facilitate the transportation
of goods and services to any market. Furthermore, workers can easily
commute from outside Jefferson County, thus expanding the already available
is surrounded by three major cities. The closest of these is Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, located a mere 30 minutes from Steubenville. This close
proximity allows Jefferson County businesses to be included in the thriving
Pittsburgh economy and to simultaneously take advantage of Ohio's lower
taxes and costs of business. Cleveland and Columbus, two of the strongest
economies in Ohio, are also nearby. Cleveland is situated approximately
two hours to the north of Jefferson County, while Columbus is located
2 ½ hours to the west of the county.