“Ohio’s capital city and its 11 county regions are finally enjoying the national limelight, popping up regularly on ‘Best’ lists, named the country’s best hospitals, safest cities, most wired cities and the best for business opportunities, tech jobs and working mothers, to name but a few. The accolades have revealed a community that has benefited remarkably from good demographics, good strategy and good luck.”

Craig Lovelace Delta Sky magazine


Ranked #1 among the largest Midwest metros for:

  • Population growth (U.S. Census Bureau) 

  • Job growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) 

  • GDP growth (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis) 

  • Wage growth (U.S. Department of Labor) 
  • Ranks in at No. 47 globally on The New York Times list of "52 Places to go in 2019."

  • Metropolitan area with the highest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies – Forbes 

  • One of “The 6 Best Big Cities” – Money magazine, September 2016 

  • #2 Top City for Best Return on Salary – BenefitsPro, 2016 

  • Named U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2016 Smart City, receiving a $50 million grant to develop intelligent transportation systems 

  • #2 Best Golf City in America – Golf magazine 

  • 2015 Intelligent Community Award: International award honoring use of technology to engage citizens and improve quality of life 

  • “National Leader in LGBTQ Equality” – The Municipal Equality Index, which includes measures of employment, housing and public attitudes toward the LGBTQ community. Columbus scored 100/100, plus 12 bonus points. 

  • #3 Best City for Millennials – Money magazine, September 2015 

  • #3 Fashionable Destinations List – American Way magazine, April 2015 

  • #14 America’s Cities of the Future – Forbes

Just the Facts


We're Big.

Ohio’s state capital is the 14th largest city in the U.S. and second largest in the Midwest behind Chicago. That makes us bigger than cities like Charlotte, Seattle, Denver, Boston, Nashville and Baltimore — seriously, Google it. 

And when you factor in the entire Columbus metropolitan area, our population increases to more than two million.

We're Affordable.

The cost of living in Columbus is 10 percent below the national average. The median home sales price for the year ending May 2018 was $145,000.

Average monthly rent? As of May 2018, the median monthly rent was $815 for one bedroom, $900 for two bedrooms and $1,100 for three bedrooms.


We're Accessible.

Columbus is within 550 miles of nearly half the nation’s population. Day trips abound and weekend getaways are easy. John Glenn Columbus International Airport, which is just 10 minutes from downtown, typically offers more than 150 daily non-stop departures to 40 airports. And Rickenbacker International Airport is located within minutes of downtown Columbus, readily accessible from the I-270 outerbelt. 

During the work week, the average Columbus commute is just 20.8 minutes, and depending on where you choose to live, it can be significantly less.

We're a Microcosm of America.

Our diverse population makes us a top test market. There are 109 languages represented in Columbus.

We're Pretty Smart.

In addition to being named one of only seven “Most Intelligent Communities in the World” by the Intelligent Community Forum, we have more PhDs than the national average and the largest concentration in the Midwest. 

There are over 50 college and university campuses within the Columbus region, and 27 area high schools were in the top 10 percent of rankings for the U.S. News & World Report 2017 “Best High Schools” in America.

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