We have two Kroger locations, Wal-Mart, Aldi, IGA, and Save-A-lot. We have locally owned “mom and pop” groceries. Also a Sam’s Club located in both Chillicothe and South Point.
There are various activities for children of all ages. These activities include Cirque d’Art, Portsmouth Area Arts Council (PAAC), competitive cheerleading, library programs, travel sports teams, music classes, swimming lessons and horseback riding. There are also events sponsored by SOMC and the Portsmouth community for children throughout the year.
- Bloom-Vernon Local School District
- Clay Local School District
- Green Local School District
- Minford Local School District
- New Boston Local School District
- Northwest Local School District
- Notre Dame Schools
- Portsmouth City School District
- Portsmouth STEM Academy
- Scioto County Career Technical Center
- Sciotoville East Community Schools
- Valley Local School District
- Washington-Nile Local School District
- Wheelersburg Local School District
- Shawnee State University
- Experience Portsmouth’s history through our Floodwall Murals
- Visit Shawnee State Forest/Lodge (horseback riding, boating, fishing)
- Catch a show at Shawnee State University’s Planetarium & Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
- Explore Boneyfiddle District (antique shops, farmers market, restaurants)
- View the collections at Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center
- Hike the Appalachian foothills (Raven Rock or Shawnee State Forest trails)
- Play a round of golf at the Elks Country Club or at Buckeye Miniature Golf and Dairy Bar
- Enjoy our outdoor concerts (Final Friday, Dreamland Music Festival) and festivals/fairs – (Winter Fest, County Fair)
- Visit Earl Thomas Conley Park & Splash pad
- Try an Escape rooms at Deadbolt Escape Rooms & Mysteries and Mr. Boneyfiddle’s Riddle Room
- Watch the next blockbuster hit at Portsmouth 8 Cinema or Wheelersburg Cinema
- Get blown away at Portsmouth Raceway Park
Portsmouth is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Scioto rivers in the southernmost tip of the state. The City of Portsmouth is approximately 80 miles south of Columbus and 110 miles east of Cincinnati, with easy access to major metropolitan areas in the Tri-State Region. Scioto County is one of the most picturesque regions in the state surrounded by rolling hills, lush hardwood forests and scenic waterways.
|Cost of Living||Portsmouth||Ohio||USA|
|Median Home Cost||$51,200||$140,700||$231,200|
The opioid epidemic is a national epidemic and is something that we are feeling the effects of in our small town. This is an issue that is taken seriously by both the community and its leaders.
Southern Ohio Medical Center is working diligently on treating the disease of addiction. A physician-led leadership group is working on initiatives to create the change within our hospital and community. Some of those initiatives include changing our mind-set that this is a disease, educating our patients, family members, and our healthcare workers; and having difficult conversations with patients and informing them we are here to get them help.
There have been several community-based initiatives to address the issue as well. One local group is promoting a movement called “Take Back Our Mound Park” in an effort to reclaim an area where drug use is frequent. Another community group called Friends of Portsmouth (FOP) is working diligently to bring industry back to Portsmouth to a place where people want to raise their families. FOP is working to catalyze and organize progress and change in our community to a comeback city. They’re advertising local attractions, organizing spruce-up efforts, starting businesses and rebuilding a civic structure. Other groups such as the Portsmouth City Health Department, have programs to encourage addicts to receive help. And the area’s elected representatives have passed laws, both locally and at the state level, to address the problem. In fact, it was a bill written by Portsmouth’s state representative that resulted in pill mills being shut down not just locally, but throughout the state.
The fact this issue is being confronted aggressively by both government and community leaders, and the fact they’ve already proven themselves capable of solving drug-related problems by shutting down the pill mills, gives us cause to be optimistic that the current drug epidemic can be solved. Though we are in the epicenter of the epidemic our goal is to be the epicenter of change!