Columbus, Ohio was founded in 1812 and became the capital of the state four years later. It is the largest city in Ohio and the sixteenth largest in the United States.
The city is home to The Ohio State University which was established in 1870 and is the nation’s largest campus. The University houses one of the top 20 research libraries in North America and currently has four buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been ranked as one of the top 60 universities in America and boasts such graduates as R.L. Stine, Patricia Heaton, and Troy Smith. Each month, the Short North Arts District hosts a Gallery Hop, an event that has been going strong for over 25 years. This neighborhood is well known for its cultural influence and as a pioneer of urban revitalization in Central Ohio. There are over 100 businesses in the area who participate, many of them locally owned and operated. In addition to the arts movement in Columbus, there are exciting destinations such as the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, the Franklin Park Conservatory, the Columbus Museum of Art and COSI. With so many places to visit, it is easy to see why the city was named in 2009 as the best place in the country to raise a family!
The city of Columbus was named as an “up-and-coming tech city” by Forbes Magazine and ranked as one of the top ten relocation cities. Furthermore, Marketwatch named it as one of the top ten places to do business in the nation, and five of the Fortune 500 have headquarters here.
With a diverse economy that is based on varied industries from fashion to defense, it’s not difficult to understand why 1.8 million people call the capital of Ohio their hometown!