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%

Columbus Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    178
    0
  • Murder
    9
    0
  • Rape
    95
    41
  • Robbery
    264
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    852
    1
  • Theft
    2,716
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    367
    0

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%
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Columbus Reviews

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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!
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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.
Columbus is a beautiful city! I have lived here all my life and will most-likely grow old in it. The biggest thing I love about the place is the support of the small businesses. Columbus allows for the little guys to take root doing something in which he or she believes. It's perfect for start-ups and the young entrepreneur. Examples of this model are Homage, Hot Chicken Takeover and food carts like PutItInYourFace. Try it, see how the people use your product or service, react accordingly.
I would like to see Columbus, as a whole, pull together the different communities. I'd like to see Grove City and Gahanna working as a team to make Columbus the best we could possibly be. Offer jobs to the homeless and rehab to the addicts. Respect the earth we are on. Wash your hands and put your trash in the garbage. Recycle. It's easy and makes a difference.