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About Oberlin

With a population of about 1,700 Oberlin is big enough to provide all the basics yet small enough to avoid problems which are inherent to urban life. As the seat of Decatur County, Oberlin also serves as the business hub for the immediate region and offers numerous amenities to area residents. It provides schools with an excellent student-teacher ratio and a safe environment in which to raise children. In short, Oberlin offers a quality of life which is increasingly rare. Oberlin enjoys a central location which makes it convenient to all parts of the country - but not too convenient! With McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport just 27 minutes away (offering hour-long flights to Denver International Airport via Great Lakes Airlines every weekday) you're only isolated if you choose to be!


About Northwest Kansas

As an agricultural region, Northwest Kansas has a distinct "feel" reminiscent of what America was like decades ago. It is largely void of the monotonous corporate retail character that has come to define so much of the country. There are exceptions, of course, but the area has managed to maintain much of its mid-20th century atmosphere. Contrary to popular belief, Northwest Kansas is not as flat as a pancake; it has a diverse range of geographic features. Two distinct and stunningly beautiful areas are found here, the Arikaree Breaks near St. Francis and the Monument Rocks near the town of Quinter. Oberlin itself is nestled in the beautiful Sappa Valley.

Thanks to a 76-year-old movie, the "tornado threat" is vastly over-rated. While tornadoes do occur in Kansas, the Oberlin area has historically been at low risk. Aside from that, the area enjoys all four seasons without any particular bias.

Northwest Kansas has a lot to offer, but of more importantance is what the area doesn't have to offer: crime, congestion, graffiti, civil unrest, etc., etc., etc. You won't find many "red light" cameras here because there aren't many traffic lights! Oberlin residents enjoy a higher level of freedom than do their urban counterparts; whether starting a business or building a house, the red tape will be minimal. If you've never been here, it is hard to believe that such an area still exists.

And, since no place is truly perfect, some drawbacks are to be expected. The region offers limited retail and cultural opportunities, but many more exist within driving distance. McCook, Nebraska (Population 8,000) is just 27 miles away while North Platte, Nebraska (pop. 25,000) and Hays, Kansas (pop. 21,000) are each about a 2-hour drive. Whether you want a quiet place in which to retire or a secure and comfy bug out far, far, away from the chaos of an increasingly volatile world, you'll be sure to find it here!
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