Introduction to Upper Arlington, Ohio

Upper Arlington, Ohio, in Franklin county, is 4 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio. Part of the surrounding Columbus metro area, Upper Arlington is home to some 33,686 residents.

Upper Arlington History

The founders of Upper Arlington were real estate developers Ben and King Thompson. They bought farmland from James Miller in 1913. This land later developed into Upper Arlington. Though the Thompsons wanted to call it Country Club District, the area went on to be known as "Upper Arlington."

Upper Arlington and nearby Attractions

  • Scioto Golf Course
  • Ohio State University Golf Course Lake
  • Langston Park
  • Upper Arlington Historic District
  • Bill Moose Memorial
  • Ohio State University Golf Course Lake

Things To Do In Upper Arlington

The city has 33 parks for the public, which are spread out over an area of 170 acres. The parks are designed to offer various amenities; some have excellent athletic facilities while others serve as picnic and relaxation areas. There are three public swimming pools in the city as well. The recreation department organizes special events around the year like the Spring Fling, Summer Celebration, Winter Festival and Tree Lighting and the Fall Fest.

Upper Arlington Transportation

Columbus International Airport is only 13 miles away.

Upper Arlington Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Capital University, the Devry Institute of Technology and Otterbein College.


Total Population 34,465
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 16,696
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 61.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 73.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $123,458
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 25.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,045
Median House Value $325,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 16.2%
Irish 18.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Upper Arlington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 4 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio
County Franklin
Metro Area Columbus
Standard Zip Codes 43212, 43220, 43221
Phone Area Codes 614
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.994
Longitude -83.062

Upper Arlington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.5 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
Distance 9.5 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 IRWIN
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Columbus 824,663 $55,191
Grandview Heights 7,014 $106,071
Hilliard 31,803 $110,381
Marble Cliff 640 $133,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Upper Arlington Public Libraries

Grandview Heights Public Library
1685 W. FIRST AVE.
Upper Arlington, Ohio
(614) 486-2951
Library Web Site
Upper Arlington Public Library
Upper Arlington, Ohio
(614) 486-9621
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Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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