Columbus, Ohio

General Information

Columbus is the capital of Ohio and the highest populated city in the state. With a population of 905,748, it is the 14th most populous city in the United States. Columbus’ demographic makeup includes people from many races and income levels, making it a great place to experience new cultures and cuisines. 

Located in central Ohio, Columbus is approximately 100 miles northeast of Cincinnati and 145 miles southwest of Cleveland. It is home to many rivers and tributaries, with the Scioto and Olentangy rivers converging in the northwest portion of the city. 

The climate consists of warm, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Average temperatures range from 84°F to 24°F. The average monthly rainfall in Columbus is 2.5 inches. 

Columbus is ranked in the top 2% on the list of best places to live in the world and is rated the most livable city in Ohio. 


Columbus was once home to multiple Native American settlements along the Scioto River. The first European settlement, Franklinton, was established in 1797. The city was founded in 1812 and was intended to be the state capital. It was named in honor of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. The city has seen overall steady population growth, with an increased pace beginning in the 1950s.




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Average Cost of Living


Many industries make up Columbus’ economy including; education, healthcare, food and beverage, fashion, banking, government, and aviation. Jobs with the state government, Ohio State University, and local hospitals comprise a large section of the job market, with many opportunities also available in professional services, hospitality, and manufacturing. 


The average rent for an individual is $1,278 and $2,306 for a family of four.

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Downtown Columbus offers a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The Columbus Commons park hosts events and activities year-round and the Columbus Museum of Art offers top-quality exhibits for residents and visitors alike. 


The historic Franklinton neighborhood is situated just south of downtown and offers an array of experiences for many interests. From the top-ranked COSI science museum to unique bars and breweries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this welcoming neighborhood. 


The German Village and Brewery District house some of Columbus’ most unique shops, breweries, and restaurants. Browse pastry shops, bookstores, and more on the historic brick-lined streets. 

Things to Do

Columbus has extensive offerings for entertainment, sports, and cultural activities. Museum offerings include COSI (the top-ranked science museum in the country), the Veterans Memorial Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art. 


For sports fans, Columbus is home to the Columbus Crew (MLS), Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), and Columbus Clippers (triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians). Ohio State University also hosts a broad array of athletic events. 


And for those seeking year-round adventure, Columbus is home to Top Golf, indoor rock climbing, and zip lines. Kids will enjoy the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Legoland.

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