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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.

Business innovation and education

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 a great incubator for small businesses, like Homage Vintage Apparel, Hot Chicken Takeover and 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.

Top attractions

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). Nineteen metro parks offer oases of nature around the city, and a growing system of bike and fitness trails connects suburbs and river trails to downtown's riverfront park system.

Arts and culture

Columbus is home to world-class cultural attractions such as the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House, as well as unique entertainment options like Available Light Theatre, CATCO, MadLab Theatre and Gallery and Shadowbox Live. 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, Express Live, and four historic landmark theaters: the Lincoln Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre and Ohio Theatre.

Culinary capital

Columbus has grown into one of the country's most innovative foodie capitals. Experts from all over the country are discovering the amazing food scene in Columbus, with The Washington Post calling Columbus "A Certified Food Lovers' Town." Enjoy a unique dining experience at one of the locally owned member restaurants of Dine Originals Columbus, experience the Columbus Coffee Trail or travel the Columbus Ale Trail.


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, the 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)


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)

Top 10

Rising cities where home ownership is affordable

Top 10

Cities for African Americans
(Black Enterprise, Smart Money)