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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 an urban suburban mix 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
Urban Suburban Mix
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

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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I've lived in Columbus my entire life. We have many good things! Stores, homes, jobs, diversity galore; not to mention tons of places where families can take their kids. However, theres one thing Columbus is lacking on saftey and education. There are some good schools, but the majority are underfunded but most have lacking safety. Most streets are unsafe and voided by the common resident. Overall, at best Columbus is a so-so place to live.
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Columbus is one of the most balanced City's in the country. With great city leaders, Police, infrastructure (easy to get around), culturally diverse communities and events year round. Fortune 500 jobs galore, #1 Zoo (Jack Hannah), great shopping (Easton Town Center), Food, Comedy club, concerts and the Best State Fair and Jazz and Rib fest in the Mid-West. Check us out!
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!