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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Columbus is a city in Ohio with a population of 852,144. Columbus is in Franklin County and is one of the best places to live in Ohio. Living in Columbus offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Columbus there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Columbus and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Columbus are above average.
About Columbus...
Population
852,144

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$136,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$889
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Columbus Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    166.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    16.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    105.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    225.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    815.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,650.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    478.8
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

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Columbus area born and raised! Columbus offers multiple neighborhoods and suburbs to accommodate every lifestyle. Diversity is one of the best attributes Columbus has to offer. Local restaurants, art galleries, and shopping make up areas such as the short north, university district, German village, and Italian village. Plus, its the home of THE Ohio State Buckeyes!
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I love being from and living in Columbus! I think the city has a lot to offer in terms of art. music, food, and culture. I would like to see a lot of the construction happening be wrapped up, as it seems like the city is always covered in orange cones and riffraff. I would also like to see a lot of the public schools that have shut down be restored to their former glory so kids today can receive a top notch education at a public school like I did when I was younger, before I started private school in middle school. Overall, I'm proud to be from here; there are lots of hidden gems and anyone spending time here would never stop discovering new things if they keep looking!
Truthfully, Columbus looks good compared to the towns and depressed cities around it, and to areas of West Virginia and Kentucky. Beyond that, forget it. The best thing about Columbus is and always will be the Ohio State University, which drives the local culture and economy. Everything else is mediocre at best. The downtown never really came together, and this isn’t helped by the presence of local neighborhood commissions who don’t want to see any new developments over six stories and not in red brick. With no national developers, the local one’s don’t design anything over 12 stories max, the central business district is badly outmoded parking lots and just plain lacking. Suburbia isn’t much better with a muddle of cookie cutter developments scattered through out the metro. Public transportation is a barely adequate bus only system. About all we can do here is dream of cities on the coast. But if you’re from Appalachia, or a depressed industrial town - come on in!