About the City
The Village of Bexley was incorporated in 1908 when the neighborhoods of Bullit Park to the north and Pleasant Ridge to the south combined. Bullit Park had formed in the late 1800's as a neighborhood occupied by wealthy Columbus residents who constructed country homes and urban estates east of Alum Creek along Broad Street. Pleasant Ridge was a Lutheran community rooted in the academic environment of Capital University, which located in the neighborhood in 1876. After reaching a population of 5,000 in the late 1920's, Bexley became a city in 1932. Today, Bexley has a population of over 14,000 residents, with over 4,000 households in the City. It is geographically compact, located within a 2.5 square mile footprint bounded by Alum Creek to the west, Gould Road to the east, Delmar Drive to the north, and Livingston Avenue to the south.
A first-ring suburb of Columbus, Bexley is known for its historic and close-knit neighborhoods, its highly ranked public school system, its classic and walkable Main Street environment, the prestigious private schools located within its borders, and its status as the home of Capital University.
The Mission of the City of Bexley is to provide outstanding city services, support, planning, and communication to the residents, businesses, and organizations of Bexley in order to:
• Ensure safe homes and safe neighborhoods
• Provide reliable and well‐maintained infrastructure and city utilities
• Offer engaging, meaningful, and relevant recreational opportunities
• Cultivate an environment conducive to the success of businesses and educational institutions, and
• Protect, preserve, and enhance Bexley’s natural and developed environment.
Our vision is a Bexley that is a top‐tier community of extremely high quality and excellence that:
• Is centered on families of all kinds
• Is known for its excellent educational institutions, opportunities for learning, and recreational facilities
• Has safe homes and safe streets
• Has an outstanding outdoor, walkable and bikeable environment
• Encourages a high standard of architecture, streetscape, greenspace, and overall built environment
• Is a source of pride in terms of heritage, history, and contemporary relevance
• Is adaptable for the future, while maintaining classic strengths
• Has financial self‐determination and sustainability
• Is collaborative and interdependent with surrounding communities
• Has a welcoming business climate that supports vibrant and successful business corridors including Main Street, North Cassady Avenue, and Livingston Avenue.
Adopted by Bexley City Council in October of 2012.