22 Things to Know

  1. Columbus is not a small college town. Columbus is the 15th-largest city in the United States, and more than 1.75 million people live in the city’s metropolitan area.
  2. The economy is diverse – with jobs in education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, food, logistics, energy, health care, and technology – and the city consistently fares better than the rest of the nation in terms of unemployment.
  3. Most Americans are familiar with some product of Columbus. It’s home to the worldwide headquarters for Wendy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Nationwide, American Electric Power, Big Lots, DSW, and more.
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  4. Columbus also is home to the nation’s first stadium dedicated to soccer. Go Crew!Crew Stadium - Copy
  5. After soccer season, sports fans turn their attention to NHL hockey and cheer for the city’s other pro team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  6. For 25 minutes every July, the downtown sky dazzles during the Midwest’s largest fireworks display – Red, White & BOOM!
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  7. Forbes ranked Columbus as No. 9 on its list of most affordable places to live.
  8. BusinessWeek ranked Columbus as No. 20 in its list of 50 best cities in America.
  9. There are more than 1,600 restaurants in Columbus. Fine dining and food trucks, farm-to-table menus and gooey pizza, sauerbraten and sushi – all exist in gastronomic harmony in a city that loves to eat.
  10. Our bars are smoke-free.
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  11. The best way to spend a chilly winter night in Columbus is to amble down the cobblestone streets of German Village to The Book Loft, where 32 rooms of books await for bibliophiles to explore.
  12. The city’s arts scene explodes the first Saturday of every month, when thousands of people converge on the Short North Arts District for the monthly gallery hop.
  13. To dine at Dime-a-Dog Night at Huntington Park and root, root, root for the Columbus Clippers is a rite of passage for Columbus residents.
  14. Food & Wine, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and the Food Network have fallen in love with one of Columbus’ most delicious success stories: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. One can’t help but be tempted by signature and seasonal favorites like Brambleberry Crisp, Queen City Cayenne, Wildberry Lavender, Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk … Well, you get the idea.
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  15. The Columbus Pride Festival and Parade draws thousands from the LGBT community and allies downtown for a fantastic celebration each June. Columbus has an LGBT population of 6.7 percent – the highest in the Midwest.
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  16. Between Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place, the fashion-forward are covered with Anthropologie, Burberry, Coach, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc., J. Crew, kate spade new york, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Sephora, Tiffany & Co., White House | Black Market, and more …
  17. … but to live in Columbus is to support local retailer HOMAGE and buy the softest, most broken-in T-shirt you’ll never want to live without.
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  18. While Columbus is a thriving city, we are surrounded by some of the best farms and orchards the Midwest offers. Find fresh and organic produce at area farmers markets, one of the Whole Foods Market and Trader Joes locations around the city, or downtown’s historic North Market.
  19. Or, you can forget the healthy stuff and try conquering a hamburger dubbed “The THURMANATOR.”
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  20. Fall isn’t all football around Columbus. A perfect weekend afternoon can include strolling one of Columbus’ 200 parks and taking in the Technicolor foliage.
  21. What? Your city’s zookeeper isn’t a regular guest on the Late Show with David Letterman?
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  22. The jaw-dropping vistas and incredible caves of Hocking Hills are just an hour’s drive away.