The Best City You Didn’t Know You Needed
It’s the 14th largest city in the United States. The Intelligent Communities Forum declared it to be one of the seven most intelligent cities in the world in 2013. It has the highest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the U.S., a cost of living 4.7% below the national average, and was named the #1 up-and-coming technology city by Forbes. What is this incredible city?
It’s Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus is the capital of Ohio. While most non-midwesterners think of Ohio as a flat wasteland of corn and soybeans, in reality Ohio is an amazing combination of small town American values mixed with the innovation and vibrancy of its large cities. Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland form a triad of major cities while the rest of the state is filled with small to mid-size towns. Destinations like the gorgeous Hocking Hills State Park, the shores of Lake Erie and The Wilds, a 10,000 acre wildlife conservation center, make Ohio just as appealing to nature lovers as city slickers.
We’re the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 27 fortune 500 companies, a thriving wine and craft beer scene, numerous state parks and nationally acclaimed museums.
And yes, we do have a lot of corn and soybeans.
In the center of it all is Columbus. Columbus is an art and technology epicenter, a city that’s only getting better with age. Radiating out from the downtown skyscrapers are neighborhoods with their own unique personalities. There’s the Short North, filled with art galleries and stylish bar-restaurant hybrids, perfect for hitting the town. German Village is a dose of history complete with cobblestone streets, a couple famous delis (see Katzinger’s and Thurman’s) and the ever-popular Book Loft, a maze of books you can get lost in for hours. Neighborhoods like Grandview Heights, Bexley and Clintonville are made up of beautiful old houses gaining new life as Columbus only continues to prosper.
But Columbus isn’t just a pretty face. An educational system starting with school districts that are consistently ranked in the top 200 school districts in the nation and working up to The Ohio State University, as well as 37 other universities and vocational schools shows a commitment to education and advancement. A thriving art community and music scene from local galleries to top-shelf concerts provides endless entertainment and showcases what both local and international artists have to offer. Teams like The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Columbus Crew bring the city together to bond over sports.
Columbus is a growing city in more ways than one. The job market in Columbus is varied and ever-growing. Ohio is home to 27 Fortune 500 companies, and many are headquartered in Columbus. And there’s a reason why Forbes identified it as the #1 up-and-coming technology city. Battelle, the world’s largest private research and development institute, makes its headquarters in Columbus, and it’s not the only one. Amazon Web Services, JPMorgan Chase, Cardinal Health, Nationwide, OCLC and a multitude of other science and technology companies account for more than 37,500 jobs in the Columbus area.
Due to its commitment to technological innovation and the betterment of life for its people, Columbus was recently awarded the Smart Cities Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Worth $40 million dollars, the grant will change the way Columbus moves, with plans to create a more environmentally sustainable public transportation system with improved logistics, connecting people and making Columbus a leader in transportation innovation. The implementation of these extensive plans will create even more jobs for Columbus in the technology and transportation industries.
So if you’re looking for a city with a blossoming job market, come to Columbus. If you’re looking for a stable and healthy housing market, come to Columbus. If you’re looking for a city with a great culinary scene, as well as a vibrant art, sports and entertainment scene, come to Columbus. We promise you won’t regret it.