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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  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 867,628. 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.
About Columbus...
Population
867,628

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$143,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$928
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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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
    176.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    91.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    215.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    702.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,388.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    439
    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
    13%
    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 Ohio is a very lovely place to live. There are a lot of job opportunities for anyone who is seeking a career. Living here is extremely affordable for everything that is offered and just able everything you need is 15-20 minutes away. Many subdivisions have a local shopping center and grocery stores that makes it convenient for the residents that live nearby. The school system is not the best especially in the low-income areas, which I feel is a problem around the world.

If you are a tourist and love the nightlife then you will find yourself in a world of excitement. The downtown stripe is full of life and energy. There are a various amount of bars, clubs, restaurants, and fun things to do with your family. Overall it is very diverse and you can find yourself experiencing many different cultures.

If you are considering a place to build a family and start a career Columbus is the place to be!
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Columbus is a nice, relatively inexpensive Midwest town with a lot to offer. The city is centered around downtown and its neighboring college campus at Ohio State University. It has a great balance between the city and neighboring natural areas. I love the river that flows through the city. There is a lot of nightlife if you are into that. I really enjoy the food, but overall I would like to see more to do, see, and eat! I feel it coming, though, as more and more people move here.
I grew up in the suburbs of Columbus and have seen so much change over the years. I love how much more of a community it has become and how much more inclusive it is. The artists here are flourishing and blooming while making our city beautiful. I love the local restaurants downtown as well as the many local coffee shops to choose from. We have exploded into the craft beer scene which has been phenomenal. Columbus has so much to offer and The Book Loft is probably one of the best stores you'll ever go into. I do wish we had better public transportation but the buses are doing their best and the city seems to listen when we demand more. There is also a sense of pride from the locals that live here. We know how beautiful and great Ohio is and we also know that Columbus is the best city here! You can learn so much from living here and we still have our Midwesterner charm whenever you visit!