For Comparison’s Sake

Big 10 Populations

Columbus is No. 2 when looking at the populations of cities with Big 10 universities – meaning this city is not the average college town.

Rank University City Center Population
1. Northwestern University Chicago 2.7 million
2. The Ohio State University Columbus 787,033
3. University of Minnesota Minneapolis 382,578
4. University of Nebraska Lincoln 258,379
5. University of Wisconsin Madison 240,323
6. The Pennsylvania State University State College 153,990
7. University of Illinois Urbana and Champaign 122,305
8. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor 113,934
9. Indiana University Bloomington 80,405
10. University of Iowa Iowa City 67,862
11. Michigan State University East Lansing 48,579
12. Purdue University West Lafayette, Ind. 29,596

Source: 2010 Census

Cost of Living

Yet, despite having all of the big-city amenities, Columbus is extremely affordable in comparison to other metropolitan areas.

cost-of-living-graph

Source: CNN Money Cost-of-Living Calculator