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Columbus: Smart + open

Columbus has been dubbed a Midwestern style capital by The New York Times and one of the top ten best cities to start a career by Time. A major metropolis and the 14th largest city in the U.S., Columbus is home to more than two million in the metro area.

The city has an open-minded approach to life, business and ideas.

A city of innovation

Columbus is one of the leading research and tech cities in America, home to institutions like Battelle, Chemical Abstracts and the IBM Client Center: Analytics Solutions Lab, a first-of-its-kind center that draws the best and brightest minds in technology.

The city is also a great incubator for small businesses, like the Columbus Idea Foundry, the largest makerspace on the planet. Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies that call Columbus home include L Brands, Nationwide, AEP, Huntington, Abercrombie, Scotts, Honda and Cardinal Health.

Columbus recently beat out 78 cities in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge to win $50 million in grants to supplement the $90 million the city has raised to modernize transportation; plans include corridors for self-driving vehicles and a fleet of electric city cars.

Attractions that create community

Columbus feels like home to graduate and professional students because of our young, educated workforce. You’ll fit right into this thriving city and its eclectic, lively cultural scene.

Our love of new ideas and the people who have them can be found in the critically acclaimed attractions you'll find in every corner of the city. In fact, independent rankings have cited Columbus for having the #1 zoo (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium), the #1 public library (Columbus Metropolitan Library), the #1 science center (COSI) and even the #1 ice cream (Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams).

Midwest hub for arts and culture

When Ohio State graduate and professional students discover Columbus, they find a city with brains and heart. A city with an arts economy strong enough to support 8,500 jobs thriving side-by-side with the world's leading research institutions. New ideas flourish here, creating an energy that’s building one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

Columbus is home to world-class cultural attractions such as the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Columbus Museum of Art, as well a diversity of home-grown artistic companies and galleries. The Short North Arts District distinguishes Columbus as a vibrant arts city and hosts the popular Gallery Hop and HighBall Halloween events that attract thousands of people.

Professional arts organizations include BalletMet, Opera Columbus and the Columbus Symphony, and performance venues include the Schottenstein Center, PromoWest, and four historic landmark theaters: the Lincoln Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre and Ohio Theatre.

Foodie heaven

Experts from all over the country are discovering the delicious surprise that is the Columbus food scene. To get started, enjoy one of the locally owned restaurants of Dine Originals Columbus or nosh at a delicious array of food trucks.

If you love coffee, you're going to love Columbus. The Columbus Coffee Trail will help you find your artful latte, Kyoto-style cold brew or Ethiopian pour-over. The Columbus Ale Trail is a fine introduction to the capital city's 37 breweries.

Sports and fitness

Nineteen metro parks offer oases of nature around the city, along with climbing walls, hiking trails and botanical gardens. A growing system of fitness trails connects suburbs and river trails to downtown's riverfront park system. It's easy to explore Columbus on two wheels: Rent a CoGo bike at stations located around the city.

Spectator sports fans head to the Arena District downtown for the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Clippers AAA baseball. Northeast of campus, the Columbus Crew SC plays to passionate fans in the first soccer-specific stadium ever built for an MLS team. And, of course, our own Ohio State Buckeyes engage in a wide range of athletic pursuits.

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City pride!

A few recent rankings:


One of 25 cities to achieve a perfect score on their fair and equal treatment of LGBTQ residents (Human Rights Campaign)


Opportunity cities (Forbes)


Intelligent communities of the year (Intelligent Community Forum)


Top U.S. metro for visitor satisfaction (JD Power)


Six Best Big Cities: Best in the Midwest (Money)


Best cities for women-owned business (WalletHub)


Most budget-friendly metros (Huffington Post)


Top cities for happiest workers (Kununu)


20 best U.S. cities for culture (Property Shark)


Best cities for tech jobs (Forbes)


America's biggest brain magnets (New Geography)

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Rising cities where home ownership is affordable

Top 10

Cities for African Americans
(Black Enterprise, Smart Money)