A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$129,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$833
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      178
      273
    • Murder
      9
      6
    • Rape
      95
      41
    • Robbery
      264
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      852
      525
    • Theft
      2,716
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      367
      263

    Residents

    Diversity
    A
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $45,659
    National
    $53,889
    Children
    20%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      12%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      22%
      19%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      29%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      26%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      12%
      13%

    Columbus Reviews

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    I moved to Columbus, Ohio, 11 years ago when I enrolled as an undergraduate at the Ohio State University. During my years as a student -- and since, as a young professional -- I had the opportunity to experience much of what the city has to offer. Some of my favorite memories involve shopping and dining at the many independent restaurants and business of the Short North/Italian Village, Clintonville and German Village. The area neighboorhoods boast an impressive array of cafes, bars, and restaurants -- not to mention clothing stores, antique shops and bookstores. Many also host annual community and cultural festivals that are truly amazing to see! I would encourage everyone, residents and visitors alike, to experience all that Columbus has to offer! There is truly a little something for every taste.
    Review Columbus
    Columbus, and surrounding suburbs, is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. They have great schools, a vibrant night life, lots of shopping and entertainment, and it's centrally located so you're close to everywhere. While winters seem to last longer, the weather is nice year round. There is a lot of history and lots to explore. I really like the summer festival schedule. Starting in late May and ending in August with the State Fair, there is something going on EVERY weekend. My favorites are the Jazz & Ribs Fest and the Asian Festival. We've got the Bluejackets hockey and Buckeye Football! I've never seen a park system quite like the one here. You can't go wrong in Cbus!
    I moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University and it was the best decision I could have ever made! This city is so extremely welcoming, diverse, and inclusive. After graduating from OSU, I decided to take a gap year before beginning graduate school, and chose to stay in Columbus instead of moving back home. The standard of living in Columbus has been extremely affordable for a first year college graduate. There are so many different things going on all the time, from art galleries to new restaurants and bars to festivals throughout the year. I have so much love for Columbus and am confident that anyone who moves here will feel the same!