Moving to Columbus, OH

Thinking about moving to Columbus?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 73,057 people have moved to Columbus, an increase of 9.3%. New residents are attracted to Columbus’s strong and stable economy, its family-friendly feel, its affordability and its cultural amenities. Columbus is quite simply one of the best cities in the Midwest.

Where Are All the New Residents of Columbus Moving From?

The first thing most people think of when they hear about Columbus, Ohio is probably The Ohio State University (don’t forget the “The”!), and the second thing is probably the Ohio State Buckeyes. But the…


Living

Columbus is home to 860,090 Columbusites. With an area of 217.2 square miles, Columbus has a population density of 3,960 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 2,041,520 people, of which Columbus proper’s population makes up 42%.

Housing

One of Columbus’s greatest strengths is its relatively affordable housing market. The median home value in Columbus is $129,500, -35% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Columbus is $93. Over the past 5 years, home values in Columbus have increased by 6%.

Renters in Columbus will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Columbus is $1,129 per month, which is 21% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Columbus have increased by 0.5%.

Economy

The Columbus economy is on fire. The Columbus metro area’s GDP grew by 29% between 2010 and 2015, from $96 billion in 2010 to $124 billion in 2015, a total increase of $28 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $60,926. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Columbus, OH is $55,878, 13% higher than the national median. Columbus’s unemployment rate is 4.4%.

Columbus, OH Arts and Entertainment

Hot Chicken Takeover

4203 N High St Columbus, OH 43214

The Keep

50 W Broad St Columbus, OH 43215

Rockmill Tavern

503 S Front St Ste 101 Columbus, OH 43215

Tiger + Lily

19 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215, United States

Momo Ghar

1265 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43229, United States

Pat and Gracie’s

138 Graceland Blvd, Columbus, OH 43214, United States

South Village Grille

197 Thurman Ave Columbus, OH 43206

The Sycamore

262 East Sycamore Street, Columbus, OH 43206, United States

Harvest Bar + Kitchen

2885 N High St Columbus, OH 43202

Restaurants
Hot Chicken Takeover
The Keep
Rockmill Tavern
Tiger + Lily
Momo Ghar
Pat and Gracie’s
South Village Grille
The Sycamore
Harvest Bar + Kitchen

Pins Mechanical

141 N 4th St Columbus, OH 43215

Level One Bar + Arcade

130 Hutchinson Ave Columbus, OH 43235

Old North Arcade

2591 N High St Columbus, OH 43202

Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse

3055 Indianola Ave Columbus, OH 43202

North High Brewing

1288 N High St Columbus, OH 43201

Sidebar Columbus

122 E Main St Columbus, OH 43215

Rambling House Soda Pop

310 E Hudson St Columbus, OH 43202

Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar

26 E 5th Ave Columbus, OH 43201

Night Life
Pins Mechanical
Level One Bar + Arcade
Old North Arcade
Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse
North High Brewing
Sidebar Columbus
Rambling House Soda Pop
Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

4850 W Powell Rd Powell, OH 43065

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E Broad St Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio History Connection

800 E 17th Ave Columbus, OH 43211

COSI

333 W Broad St Columbus, OH 43215

Orton Geological Museum

155 S Oval Dr Columbus, OH 43210

Wexner Center For the Arts

1871 N High St Columbus, OH 43210

Ohio Craft Museum

1665 W 5th Ave Columbus, OH 43212

Museums
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Museum of Art
Ohio History Connection
COSI
Orton Geological Museum
Wexner Center For the Arts
Ohio Craft Museum

Weather

If you’re allergic to cold weather, Columbus might not be for you. Columbus winters are cold, with an average temperature of 34 degrees. Summers in Columbus are cool, with an average temperature of 72 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 62 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 44 degrees.

If you’re moving to Columbus, you better bring your umbrella! Columbus sees an average 139 rainy days per year, and had an average annual rainfall of 39.3 inches. Columbus is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 70. And don’t sweat it if you forget to pack your sunglasses. Columbus only gets an average of 2,183 sunny hours per year and 72 sunny days, fewer than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Columbus is a safe city, with a violent crime rate of only 546 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a lower rate than average. Property crime rates in Columbus are relatively high, with a rate of 3,934 incidents per 100,000 persons, a higher rate than average.

Traffic

Ask anyone who lives in Columbus what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Columbus spends 22.1 hours in traffic each year, with about 6% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Columbus is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Columbus has a regional price parity of 101.5, -7.3% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Columbus is a well-educated city, with 20% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 11% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 10% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Columbus is 35.4 years. 49.1% of the population in the Columbus metro area is male, while 50.9% is female. 6.8% of the metro population is foreign born.

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