THE BEST BIG CITY IN THE MIDWEST
With an open-minded approach to life, business and ideas, the Buckeye State’s capital has cultivated a unique environment of thriving communities, companies, institutions and entertainment that has lead to it being one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Full of charm, rich neighborhoods, and some of the nation’s best suburbs for employees and families to live, Columbus is truly made unforgettable by its diversity and energetic blend of arts and culture: inspired culinary, fashion, music and entertainment scenes; unbridled passion for collegiate and professional sports; and entrepreneurial spirit.
A CENTER OF KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION
Columbus is an art and technology epicenter, a city where knowledge is revered and collaboration celebrated. It is a connected community where those seeking to innovate and build a better world can find common ground. Its youthful, progressive spirit is fueled by a region with one of the largest college student populations in the nation who attend nearly 60 college and university campuses. Declared one of the seven most intelligent cities in the world, Columbus has 14 Fortune 1000 headquarters and is the home of the research school The Ohio State University (OSU) and Battelle, the world’s largest private research institute.
YOUNG AND GROWING
Columbus is growing in more ways than one. In fact, the city of Columbus has always been in a state of growth; it’s never lost population in its 200-plus-years of history. And the population is young! Columbus is No. 7 in the nation for highest concentration of millennials age 25-34. What does that mean for residents here? A low cost of living, for one, and a varied and ever-growing job market full of employment opportunities. The Columbus Region’s dynamic yet stable economy is the envy of many other U.S. and international cities. Its people, businesses and neighbors exemplify the philosophy that the region is open to all, creating an environment where entrepreneurs can take risks, and small businesses and major corporations can thrive. Plus, being located at the center of the most densely populated area of the U.S., makes it a premier location, providing companies with superior access to North America and the world. It’s no wonder that companies like American Electric Power (AEP), Cardinal Health, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Nationwide, L Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Pink, Henri Bendel, La Senza), Abercrombie & Fitch and many more, have chosen to make their headquarters in the Columbus Region.