“The fastest-growing city in the Midwest, Columbus is a microcosm of a larger employment trend that Stull has observed lately. ‘Companies are moving to where people are, as opposed to people moving to where companies are,” he says. ‘The Columbuses, the Pittsburghs, the Baltimores are being able to compete with jobs.’”
Ranked #1 among the largest Midwest metros for:
- Population growth (U.S. Census Bureau)
- Job growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Wage growth (U.S. Department of Labor)
- “With a revitalized riverfront and booming downtown, Columbus is already one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities.” – The New York Times
- #3 City for New Grads to Live, Work, Play – Realtor.com, 2019
- #5 Trending Destination – Airbnb’s 2018 Travel Trends
- “If there’s one thing we know about the Midwest now, it’s to stop expecting certain things from the Midwest, and certainly not Ohio’s capital city, which has a nearly Sun Belt-esque buoyancy about it these days, as it welcomes all-comers, from all over the world, into the ever-growing fold.” – Food & Wine
- “Modern Columbus has emerged as a technologically sophisticated city.” – Forbes
Ohio’s capital city ranks in at No. 47 on The New York Times list of “52 Places to go in 2019”
- “A youthful, entrepreneurial energy has fueled a lot of changes in Ohio’s capital, a fashion design hub (you read that right) brimming with creative restaurants, craft breweries, distilleries and small-batch coffee roasters” – The Chicago Tribune
- #10 Best Big City to Live in Right Now – Money magazine, November 2018
- Columbus scored 100/100 on The Municipal Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign, which includes measures of employment, housing, and public attitudes toward the LGBTQ community
- “One of the nation’s best metro areas for the arts.” – Places Rated Almanac
- #1 Rising City for Startups – Forbes, October 2018
- #5 Top U.S. City for Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups – Business.org, 2018
Just the Facts
A dollar goes further here. The cost of living is 10% below the national average, and our average rent and home prices will leave you pleasantly surprised. As of May 2020, the median monthly rent was $882 for one bedroom and $1,164 for two bedrooms. You don’t have to live far from the city’s center to get a great deal, either—our commutes are actually shorter than the U.S. average.
Explore our neighborhoods to find an address that suits your style.
Columbus is a city that invites and embraces cultural and economic diversity. There are 134 nations represented here, and our residents speak 109 different languages. We’re also home to the 15th largest LGBTQ population among U.S. cities.
One of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States and the second largest in the Midwest behind Chicago. We’re home to an impressive list of employers and celebrated for our job creation. Oh, and we know how to have fun: Our arts and entertainment options will keep your calendar fully booked while our acclaimed food scene will satisfy your cravings from sushi to schnitzel. If you’re into sports, we’ve got professional hockey and soccer teams as well as a college football program you may have heard about.
Home to an expanding number of startup businesses in addition to five Fortune 500 and 14 Fortune 1000 companies, Columbus harbors a spirit of innovation that attracts the best and brightest. We also produce the best and brightest at our top-ranked public and private schools. Learn more by searching Ohio’s School Report Cards.