Relocation Guide

With our robust retail community, a strong education system that includes a two and four-year university, quaint neighborhoods, and easy access to five major recreational lakes means everything you need is on your doorstep in Ottawa. Major employers such as American Eagle, Wal-Mart, Ottawa University, AdventHealth, and others make for an experienced and diversified workforce. Our many retail businesses and our historic downtown shopping offer a large variety of opportunities to find just what you need.

In addition to USD 290 public schools, a number of private schools are available. Ottawa is home to a wide variety of neighborhoods.  Historic brick dwellings, two and three-story Victorians, as well as new construction, are available.  Property types and neighborhoods are also varied with options from downtown lofts to farmsteads.  Whether your tastes are modern or vintage, there is a place for you in Ottawa.

At the crossroads of two major state park trails, Ottawa is a very bike-friendly community.  Public recreation programs include: softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, tennis, and many other programs for all ages.  Ottawa is a tree city that is walking and bike-friendly as well as home to several parks. In addition, there are five major recreational lakes within a short drive.  These lakes offer fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, camping, and boating opportunities