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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
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Columbus is a city in Ohio with a population of 837,038. 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, 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
837,038

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$856
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
    162
    283
  • Murder
    11
    6
  • Rape
    95
    41
  • Robbery
    249
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    899
    500
  • Theft
    2,759
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    412
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,156
National
$55,322
Children
20%
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 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!
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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!
I love Columbus. I live in the campus area, and the mixture of adults and families with students is so interesting. I can get to a mall or the university or any kind of food or entertainment I want within a 20 minute drive. The city has weekend festivals and other events that make it fun, and it's clear that new businesses are being brought into the city all of the time. There are tons of metro park and other great outdoor spots. I'm never moving!