Columbus, nicknamed "Biggest Small Town in America", is one of the fastest growing major metropolitan areas in the country and celebrated as one of the strongest metros in the country for job creation. An up-and-coming tech city, Columbus area research and technology institutions are attracting the brightest minds from around the world, and the nationally acclaimed arts scene guarantees you’ll find creativity around every corner. Columbus smarts, energy and vibrancy are fueled by a workforce that’s younger and more educated than the national average. Through Columbus' open-minded approach to life, business and ideas, the Columbus Region has cultivated an environment of unique communities, companies, institutions and entertainment.
After New York and LA, Columbus is home to more fashion designers than any other U.S Metropolis. In addition to being the center of operations for Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria's Secret, the city boasts a farm-to-fashion ecosystem that feeds off a steady stream of fresh talent from its renowned Columbus College of Art & Design. Columbus is also home to the largest University in the U.S., The Ohio State University. It's true that the fierce loyalty for the Ohio State Buckeyes is a significant part of life here. Look past the scarlet and gray that adorns the streets, however, and you will see that this metro area has much more to offer.
Columbus Ohio is rich with art, music, theater, museums and culture, and an array of businesses. It's also home to a bustling and energetic workforce. Locals know how to have fun here. From the lively bars and restaurants in Short North to the charming, historic German Village to the many parks and gardens – and yes, to Columbus' professional and college sports teams – residents are never left looking for entertainment.
- One of the Best Places to Live and Retire ("US News Magazine")
- Most Affordable US City ("2016 Mint")
- The Sixth Best Big City ("Money Magazine")
- #2 Top City for Best Return on Salary ("Benefitspro")
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