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About Columbus

Columbus is cool, creative and fun. It's one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., with a vibrant blend of arts and culture; inspired culinary, fashion, music and entertainment scenes; exciting collegiate and professional sports; and an open, entrepreneurial spirit. With a burgeoning downtown, lively urban districts and a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods, it's a great place to live, visit, work, raise a family and do business.

Columbus is the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, with a vibrant blend of arts and culture; inspired culinary, fashion, music and entertainment scenes; exciting collegiate and professional sports; and an open, entrepreneurial spirit. With a burgeoning downtown, lively urban districts and a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods, it's a city that invites exploration.

Vibrant and alive, Ohio's capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus' blend of neighborhoods, dynamic nightlife and music scene, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations is made unforgettable by the diversity of its outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors.

Smart

Columbus is a place where knowledge is revered, encouraged and celebrated. Its youthful, progressive spirit is fueled by one of the largest college student populations in the nation who attend more than 60 college and university campuses.* Leading research and technical institutions,** including two of the world's leading private research institutions (Battelle and Chemical Abstract Services), also draw the best and brightest minds to the Columbus Region.

Open

Columbus has an open-minded approach to life, business and ideas. Its progressive attitude has attracted a diverse population that gives the city texture and a rich mix of cultural assets. Its people, businesses and neighborhoods exemplify the philosophy that Columbus is open to all, creating an environment that encourages innovation, taking risks and thinking big.

Business environment

Vibrant and progressive, Columbus' dynamic yet stable economy is the envy of many other U.S. and international cities. Its collaborative business environment makes it a place where entrepreneurs can take risks, and small businesses and major corporations can thrive – earning it the distinction as one of the top metros for job creation. As Ohio's capital, Columbus provides proximity to powerful government leaders, legislators and influencers who are instrumental in shaping business and economic policy.

Major corporate headquarters in Columbus: Abercrombie & Fitch, American Electric Power, Big Lots, Cardinal Health, DSW, Express, Greif, Hexion, Huntington, L Brands, Mettler-Toledo, Nationwide, Scotts, Wendy's and Worthington Industries.

Businesses

Entrepreneurs

Visitor destination

Every year Greater Columbus welcomes 37.6 million visitors, who spend more than $5.7 billion in our community. They discover a vibrant arts scene, lively urban neighborhoods and a diverse array of entertainment, sports, dining, nightlife and shopping that keeps visitors coming back again and again. Independent national rankings have cited Columbus for having the #1 zoo (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium), the #1 science center (COSI) and even the #1 ice cream (Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams). And, Columbus is emerging as a culinary capital*** and a fashion mecca.****

It's easy to find ways to be entertained, intrigued, fascinated, captivated, charmed educated or amused in Columbus. Here are some excellent go-to resources to find information about events, attractions, nightlife and activities:

Hotels, dining, attractions, transportation and events

Events, nightlife, dining, music, arts, shopping and entertainment

Visual and performing arts

*The Ohio State University has more than 57,000 students at its main campus and offers 200 undergraduate majors and more than 250 graduate and professional degree programs. Columbus State Community College is the largest community college in Ohio and among the largest in the nation.

** Honda of America, Alliance Data, Abbott Nutrition, Battelle, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), Boehringer Ingelheim Rioxane Laboratories, Scotts, CenturyLink, AT&T, Ashland Inc., Mettler-Toledo International, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), IMB, Frontier Communications, Altel-Lucent, DuPont, Hexion, ICC (Information Control Company), DISH Network and Accenture.

***Columbus is a major metropolitan area with more than 1.9 million people surrounded by thousands of acres of some of the nation's richest farmland. This unusual juxtaposition gives Columbus chefs and culinary entrepreneurs easy access to the best produce and products from which to draw their ingredients and inspiration. The result is a rich culinary scene that is drawing acclaim from regional and national media for its creative restaurants, food trucks, distilleries, craft breweries and other artisan producers.

****Columbus has more than 500 working fashion designers, putting it third in the per-capita rankings of major U.S. cities, behind only New York and Los Angeles. Columbus is the headquarters of Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, DSW and L Brands with iconic worldwide labels such as Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel and Victoria's Secret. The city's young, entrepreneurial vibe also encourages independent designers and one-of-a-kind boutiques. The home of highly respected college fashion-design programs at the Columbus College of Art & Design and The Ohio State University. Columbus further upholds its fashionable reputation by hosting four public fashion shows each year.

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Columbus is cool, creative and fun, with vibrant arts, top-ranked cultural attractions, innovative culinary offerings, lively entertainment districts, exciting sports and an open, welcoming spirit.


Columbus' progressive spirit is fueled by one of the nation's largest college student populations at The Ohio State University and more than 60 other campuses.*


Columbus' central location, educated workforce and outstanding quality of life make it the perfect place to grow a business, a career or a family.

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Vibrant and progressive, Columbus' stable economy is the envy of many other U.S. and international cities. In its collaborative community environment, entrepreneurs can take risks, and small businesses and major corporations can thrive. Ohio's capital also provides proximity to government leaders, legislators and influencers who shape business and economic policy.


The Columbus Region is one of the fastest growing areas in the Midwest. Home to 15 Fortune 1000 companies,** leading research and technology businesses*** and one of the highest populations of college students in the nation at 60+ campuses,* Columbus is young, creative, smart and open to ideas and innovation.


Columbus is Ohio's largest and fastest-growing city, offering a vibrant blend of arts and culture; creative culinary, fashion and music scenes; exciting collegiate and professional sports; and a welcoming spirit. With a burgeoning downtown, lively urban entertainment districts and variety of renowned visitor attractions, it's a city that invites exploration.


Vibrant and alive, Ohio's capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus' blend of distinctive neighborhoods, dynamic nightlife and music, creative arts scene, original culinary experiences and wide array of festivals and attractions is made unforgettable by its outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors.


Columbus is cool, creative and fun. It's the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio and offers a vibrant blend of arts and culture; inspired culinary, fashion, music and entertainment scenes; and exciting collegiate and professional sports. With a burgeoning downtown, lively urban districts and a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods, it's a great place to live, visit, work, raise a family and do business.


Columbus has an open-minded approach to life, business and ideas. Its progressive attitude attracts a diverse population that gives the city texture and a rich mix of cultural assets. Columbus' people, businesses and neighborhoods exemplify that the city is open to all, creating an environment that encourages innovation, risk-taking and thinking big.


Columbus is a place where knowledge is revered, encouraged and celebrated. Its youthful, progressive spirit is fueled by one of the largest college student populations in the nation at more than 60 college and university campuses.* Leading research and technical institutions also draw the best and brightest minds to the Columbus Region.

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The Columbus Region is home to a highly skilled, educated workforce, which is growing at a rate substantially above the national average. Employees have access to numerous professional development opportunities, including the ability to further their education at any of the Region's more than 60 college and university campuses or enhance their training at one of many institutes focused on business or industry. The Region is within 10 hours of 47 percent of the United States' population and offers a prime location for international dealings. Fifteen Fortune 1000 companies, including four Fortune 500 companies, have established headquarters in the Region.**


Rapidly becoming known as one of the nation's most innovative culinary capitals, Columbus is a major metropolitan area of more than 1.9 million people surrounded by thousands of acres of some of the nation's richest farmland. This unusual juxtaposition gives chefs and culinary entrepreneurs easy access to the best produce and products from which to draw their ingredients and inspiration. The result is a rich culinary scene that is drawing acclaim from regional and national media for its creative restaurants, food trucks, distilleries, craft breweries and other artisan producers, with the Washington Post calling Columbus "A Certified Food Lovers' Town."


The Columbus Region is one of the fastest growing major metropolitan areas in the Midwest and is celebrated as the second strongest metro in the country for job creation. An up-and-coming tech city, our research and technology institutions are attracting the brightest minds from around the world. Our smarts, energy and vibrancy are fueled by a workforce that's younger and more educated than the national average. And our youthful, progressive nature is matched by a top-ranked location within a day's drive of 47 percent of the U.S. population.


Columbus is a great city with great style, recognized by Atlantic Cities as number three among the United States' “Leading Cities for Fashion,” behind only New York City and Los Angeles. It is home to L Brands with iconic worldwide labels such as Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel and Victoria's Secret and other fashion industry giants including Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and Express are headquartered here. The Columbus College of Art & Design's renowned fashion design program fuels local and global style, and the city is filled with independent designers, one-of-a-kind boutiques and creative fashion entrepreneurs.


Each year, Greater Columbus welcomes 37.6 million visitors, who spend more than $5.7 billion in the community. They discover a vibrant arts scene, lively urban neighborhoods and a diverse array of entertainment, sports, dining, nightlife and shopping that keeps visitors coming back again and again. Independent national rankings have cited Columbus for having the #1 zoo (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium), the #1 science center (COSI) and even the #1 ice cream (Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams). And, Columbus is emerging as a culinary capital and a fashion mecca. It's easy to find ways to be entertained, intrigued, fascinated, captivated, charmed, educated or amused in Columbus.

*The Ohio State University has more than 57,000 students at its main campus and offers 200 undergraduate majors and more than 250 graduate and professional degree programs. Columbus State Community College is the largest community college in Ohio and among the largest in the nation.

**Major corporate headquarters in Columbus: Abercrombie & Fitch, American Electric Power, Big Lots, Cardinal Health, DSW, Express, Greif, Hexion, Huntington, L Brands, Mettler-Toledo, Nationwide, Scotts, Wendy's and Worthington Industries. In addition, two of the world's leading private research institutions are headquartered in Columbus: Battelle and Chemical Abstract Services.

*** Honda of America, Alliance Data, Abbott Nutrition, Battelle, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), Boehringer Ingelheim Rioxane Laboratories, Scotts, CenturyLink, AT&T, Ashland Inc., Mettler-Toledo International, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), IMB, Frontier Communications, Altel-Lucent, DuPont, Hexion, ICC (Information Control Company), DISH Network and Accenture.

Fast Facts

  • Columbus is the state capital and largest city in Ohio.
  • Columbus is the 15th largest city in the country.
  • Columbus is the 15th-fastest-growing city in the country.
  • Columbus has never declined in population.
  • Greater Columbus welcomes 37.6 million visitors each year, who spend $5.7 billion.
  • 9 in 10 visitors report a favorable impression of Columbus.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau (2013), the population of Columbus is 822,553.
  • Columbus is an arts powerhouse with more than $3 billion in annual receipts and 25,000 jobs.
  • The Columbus Region is home to four Fortune 500 and 15 Fortune 1,000 companies.
  • More than 109 languages are represented within Columbus Region school systems.
  • The Columbus Region has one of the highest populations of college students in the U.S.
  • Columbus is home some of the world's foremost research institutions, including:
    • Battelle, the world's largest private, nonprofit research institution. Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries.
    • Chemical Abstracts, which hosts the largest collection of information on chemicals and molecular science in the world.
    • The Ohio State University, whose annual research expenditures exceed $967 million.
    • The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, one of the fastest growing pediatric research centers in the United States. Nationwide Children's currently ranks in the top ten based on NIH funding.

Accolades

  • No. 4 best midsize metro for job seekers (American Institute for Economic Research, July 2016)
  • One of America’s 30 favorite cities (Travel & Leisure, May 2016)
  • No. 1 city for mid-career professionals (Forbes, May 2016)
  • No. 3 best city for renters (Forbes, May 2016)
  • No. 3 best city for college grads (SmartAsset, April 2016)
  • Top 10 city for young professionals (Forbes, March 2016)
  • No. 3 city in the country for women-owned businesses (WalletHub, February 2016)
  • No. 3 best city for millennials (TIME, September 2015)
  • No. 6 best city for creatives (SmartAsset, July 2015)
  • One of seven great gay vacation spots (NewNowNext, July 2015)
  • No. 1 Intelligent Community of the Year (Intelligent Community Forum, June 2015)
  • Recognized as a national leader for LGBTQ Equality, scoring a perfect 100 on the Municipal Quality Index (Human Rights Campaign, 2015)

For all Columbus accolades visit columbusregion.com/rankings.aspx

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