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Overview

Introduction to Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, the state capital and largest city in the state, is located in central Ohio on the Scioto River. Originally settled by Native Americans, the area that became Columbus (named after Christopher Columbus) was settled by white explorers in the 1700s and made the state capital in 1816. Roads, railroads and the Ohio Canal energized the city; during World War II, aircraft manufacturing brought additional growth. Today, Columbus is a fast-growing, major American city with a population of more than 700,000 and a strong economy that is not dependent on any one industry. Its leading employers include government agencies and manufacturers of transportation equipment, textiles, metals and consumer goods.

Columbus Culture

Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet, and Opera Columbus brighten the arts scene. Popular museums include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Center of Science and Industry, and the home of satirist/cartoonist James Thurber, all located downtown. Upper Arlington has the Wexner Center for the Arts (a work of art unto itself) and the Ohio Craft Museum. On the east side of the city is the Martin Luther King Arts Complex, which offers exhibits and performances showcasing the talents of Columbus's African-American community. The Jack Nicklaus Museum, in the Ohio State University sports complex, chronicles the career of the great golfer from Columbus. On the north side, the Ohio Historical Center houses a museum focussed on Ohio history, along with a library and archive helpful for genealogical research projects. An hour away in Wilmington, Williams Memorial Park hosts an annual festival saluting the birthplace of the banana split.

Columbus Sports and Leisure

Columbus is home to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, who play at 18,500-seat Nationwide Arena. The lack of a league franchise in football, baseball and basketball is more than made up for by the Ohio State Buckeyes, whose nationally-ranked programs in football and basketball have rabid local support. During the football season, legendary Ohio Stadium seats more than 101,000 fans. In baseball's minor leagues, the Columbus Clippers are the triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Other Columbus teams include the Crew (Major League Soccer) and the Destroyers (Arena Football). For major league sports, Cincinnati (baseball's Reds, NFL's Bengals) and Cleveland (baseball's Indians, NFL's Browns, NBA's Cavaliers) are both less than a 2-hour drive away.

Columbus Outdoors

There's plenty of outdoor recreation available in the central Ohio area. Columbus has world-class golfing, with three courses within a 1/2-hour drive ranking among the top 100 according to Golfweek Magazine: the Golf Club (ranked #7) in New Albany, Muirfield Village Golf Club (#8) in Dublin and Double Eagle Club (#28) in Galena. In the winter, skiing is popular and accessible. Mad River Mountain, 41 miles away in Zanesfield, has a 1,460-foot mountain elevation with a 300-foot vertical drop, with over 20 trails for skiing or snowboarding, and a terrain park and a tubing park. The Seymour Woods State Nature Preserve has more than 100 acres of wildflowers, oaks, sycamores, elms, and other trees with hikable trails. Blendon Woods in Dublin offers activities and solitude in a 650-acre park with forests, 11-acre Thoreau Lake, and a 1.2-mile trail specifically designed for walking dogs.

Columbus at Night

Columbus has an energetic nightlife, with the most popular bars and dance clubs scattered downtown, along High Street and in the Brewery District.

Discovering Columbus

America is discovering Columbus: the city ranked #8 by BestJobsUSA.com on their 2002 list of the Best Places to Live and Work in America; #21 by Forbes on their 2004 list of the Best Cities For Singles; #15 by Ladies Home Journal on their list of the Best Cities for Women.

People

Total Population 811,943
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 9%
Employed Population 16+ 407,761
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 36.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.4%
Median Earnings25+ $34,419
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,831
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,859

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,492
% Above Poverty Level 77.7%
% Below Poverty Level 22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.8%
Median Gross Rent $822
Median House Value $128,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 11.9%

Columbus Almanac

Category Value
County Franklin
Metro Area Columbus
Standard Zip Codes 43085, 43201, 43202, 43203, 43204, 43205, 43206, 43207, 43209, 43210, 43211, 43212, 43213, 43214, 43215, 43217, 43219, 43220, 43221, 43222, 43223, 43224, 43227, 43228, 43229, 43230, 43231, 43232, 43235, 43240
P.O. Box Zip Codes 43216, 43218, 43226, 43234, 43236
Company Zip Codes 43251, 43260, 43265, 43266, 43268, 43270, 43271, 43272, 43279, 43287, 43291, 43299
Phone Area Codes 614
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.961
Longitude -82.998

Columbus Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station COLUMBUS VLY CROSSING
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Station COLUMBUS INTL AP
Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Station DELAWARE
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Columbus, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lincoln Village Fin Unit (43228)

Linworth (43085)

Mount Air (43085)

Reese (43207)

Reese Station (43207)

San Margherita (43204)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bexley 13,286 $112,773
Grandview Heights 6,836 $101,063
Marble Cliff 605 $135,750

Columbus Public Libraries

Library
Columbus Metropolitan Library
96 S. GRANT AVENUE
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 645-2800
Library Web Site

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Columbus Hospitals

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL EAST,THE
(Proprietary)
1492 EAST BROAD STREET
(614) 257-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS
(Government - State)
410 W 10TH AVE
(614) 293-9700
Emergency Service: Yes

RIVERSIDE METHODIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3535 OLENTANGY RIVER RD
(614) 566-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

GRANT MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
111 S GRANT AVE
(614) 566-9978
Emergency Service: Yes

MOUNT CARMEL HEALTH
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
793 WEST STATE STREET
(614) 234-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

DOCTORS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
5100 WEST BROAD STREET
(614) 544-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

WOODS AT PARKSIDE,THE
(Proprietary)
349 OLDE RIDENOUR RD
(614) 471-2552
Emergency Service: Yes

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Columbus High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

ELECTRONIC CLASSRM OF TOMORROW
3700 S HIGH ST STE 95
614-492-8884
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 5,213 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 36.7

WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE HIGH SCHOOL
1499 HARD RD
614-883-2550
Serves 1,620 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY SCH OF OHIO
6100 CHANNINGWAY BLVD
614-501-9473
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,459 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30

NORTHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
1919 NORTHCLIFF DR
614-365-5342
Serves 1,255 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

FRANKLIN HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
1001 DEMOREST RD
614-801-3200
Serves 1,158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

WALNUT RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
4841 E LIVINGSTON AVE
614-365-5400
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,119 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

WEST HIGH SCHOOL
179 S POWELL AVE
614-365-5956
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,078 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

WHETSTONE HIGH SCHOOL
4405 SCENIC DR
614-365-6060
Serves 1,020 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

BROOKHAVEN HIGH SCHOOL
4077 KARL RD
614-365-5985
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 999 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

BRIGGS HIGH SCHOOL
2555 BRIGGS RD
614-365-5915
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 944 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

MARION-FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL
1265 KOEBEL RD
614-365-5432
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 929 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL
5175 REFUGEE RD
614-365-5372
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 894 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

EAST HIGH SCHOOL
1500 E BROAD ST
614-365-6096
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 877 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

BEECHCROFT HIGH SCHOOL
6100 BEECHCROFT RD
614-365-5364
Serves 874 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

MIFFLIN HIGH SCHOOL
3245 OAK SPRING ST
614-365-5466
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 867 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL
4999 LOCKBOURNE RD
614-491-3330
Serves 827 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
1441 BETHEL RD
614-365-5491
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 786 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

SOUTH URBAN ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
1160 ANN ST
614-365-5541
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 760 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

EASTMOOR ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
417 S WEYANT AVE
614-365-6158
Serves 751 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

FINLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
1825 FINLAND AVE
614-801-3600
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 737 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

LINDEN-MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL
1320 DUXBERRY AVE
614-365-5583
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 734 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

FORT HAYES METRO EDUC CENTER HIGH SCHOOL
546 JACK GIBBS BLVD
614-365-6681
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 616 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

COLUMBUS ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
2632 MCGUFFEY RD
614-365-6006
Serves 599 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

NORTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
215 NORTON RD
614-801-3700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 577 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

LIFE SKILLS CTR OF N. COLUMBUS
1900 E DUBLIN GRANVILLE RD
614-891-9041
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 511 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 36.5

LIFE SKILLS CTR OF SE COLUMBUS
2400 S HAMILTON RD
614-863-9175
A Charter School.
Serves 402 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 50.3

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
1587 W 3RD AVE
614-481-3620
Serves 378 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

NORTH EDUCATION CENTER
100 E ARCADIA AVE
614-365-6666
A Special Education School
Serves 283 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

HORIZON SCIENCE ACAD COLUMBUS
1329 BETHEL RD
614-457-2231
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 274 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTER
2571 NEIL AVE
614-365-5207
A Special Education School
Serves 238 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

GRAHAM SCHOOL THE
3950 INDIANOLA AVE
614-262-1111
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 196 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

STATE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
5220 N HIGH ST
614-752-1359
A Special Education School
Serves 126 students.

I-PASS
100 E ARCADIA AVE
614-365-5842
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 118

OHIO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
500 MORSE RD
614-728-1422
A Special Education School
Serves 117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

WELCOME CENTER @ NORTH H.S.
100 E ARCADIA AVE
614-365-8926
A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 114 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

ALUM CREST
2200 WINSLOW DR
614-365-5030
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 90 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

YOUTHBUILD COLUMBUS COMMUNITY
1183 ESSEX AVE
614-291-0805
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

FORT HAYES CAREER CENTER
546 JACK GIBBS BLVD
614-365-6681
A Vocational School
Serves 83 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.6

NORTHEAST CAREER CENTER
3871 STELZER RD
614-365-5478
A Vocational School
Serves 77 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.7

EXCEL INSTITUTE
2952 DOVER RD
614-236-1396
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

SOUTHEAST CAREER CENTER
3500 ALUM CREEK DR
614-365-5442
A Vocational School
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.3

HAMILTON LOCAL DIGITAL ACADEMY
4999 LOCKBOURNE RD
614-491-8044
A Charter School.
Serves 26 students.

WELCOME CENTER AT SOUTHEAST CC
3500 ALUM CREEK DR
614-365-5442
A Special Education School
Serves 17 students.

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