A QUICK WORD ABOUT COLUMBUS
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The vibrant arts scene. The top-ranked cultural attractions. An open, welcoming spirit. You’re right—#Columbus is as awesome as it sounds.
Few cities can keep you busy and entertained like Columbus, offering a vibrant blend of arts and culture; creative culinary, fashion and music scenes; exciting collegiate and professional sports; and a collaborative spirit. With a flourishing downtown, lively urban entertainment districts and variety of renowned visitor attractions, it’s a city that invites exploration.
Each year, the Columbus Region welcomes 39.9 million visitors into the community. They discover a vibrant arts scene, lively urban neighborhoods and a diverse array of entertainment, sports, dining, nightlife and shopping that keeps them coming back again and again. With one of the top-ranked Zoos in the nation, top-ranked science centers in the nation [COSI], art galleries and museums galore, and the national phenomenon known as Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, it’s safe to say, people here know how to stay busy and have fun.
Students <3 #Columbus b/c it’s a catalyst for culture, entrepreneurs, and innovation. And it has one of the best job markets in the Midwest.
The Columbus Region is one of the fastest growing areas in the Midwest. Home to 15 Fortune 1000 companies,** leading research and technology organizations*** and one of the highest populations of college students in the nation at nearly 60 campuses,* Columbus is young, creative, smart ,and open to ideas and innovation.
For college graduates looking for that first career job, Columbus is where academic excellence turns into career opportunities. You’ll find urban cool next to groundbreaking artists and technology entrepreneurs, innovative startups and global superstars. The best and brightest minds are coveted in Columbus. It’s been ranked as one of the most intelligent cities in the world. Not in the country, in the world! In recent years, Time ranked Columbus among the top 10 places to start a career, and Forbes not only gave Columbus an A rating as one of the top cities for business but also included the city in its Best Places for Business and Careers.
#Columbus has a central location, educated workforce and outstanding quality of life. Ideal to grow a business, a career or a family.
Vibrant and progressive, the Columbus Region’s stable economy is the envy of many other U.S. and international cities. In its collaborative community environment, entrepreneurs can take risks, and small businesses and major corporations can thrive, while providing proximity to government leaders, legislators and influencers who shape business and economic policy.
The Columbus Region is one of the fastest growing major metropolitan areas in the Midwest—ranked #1 for Population Growth (US Census), #1 for Job Growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), and #1 for Wage Growth (U.S. Labor Department). A region flourishing with innovation, Columbus’ research and technology institutions are attracting the brightest minds from around the world. Our smarts, energy and vibrancy are fueled by a workforce that’s younger and more educated than the national average. And our youthful, progressive nature is matched by a top-ranked location within a day’s drive of 47 percent of the U.S. population.
*The Ohio State University has more than 57,000 students at its main campus and offers 200 undergraduate majors and more than 250 graduate and professional degree programs. Columbus State Community College is the largest community college in Ohio and among the largest in the nation.
**Major corporate headquarters in Columbus: Abercrombie & Fitch, American Electric Power, Big Lots, Cardinal Health, DSW, Express, Greif, Hexion, Huntington, L Brands, Mettler-Toledo, Nationwide, Scotts, Wendy’s and Worthington Industries. In addition, two of the world’s leading private research institutions are headquartered in Columbus: Battelle and Chemical Abstract Services.
*** Honda of America, Alliance Data, Abbott Nutrition, Battelle, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), Boehringer Ingelheim Rioxane Laboratories, Scotts, CenturyLink, AT&T, Ashland Inc., Mettler-Toledo International, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), IMB, Frontier Communications, Altel-Lucent, DuPont, Hexion, ICC (Information Control Company), DISH Network and Accenture.