Columbus, Ohio, was named after famed explorer Christopher Columbus, who was credited with discovering the Americas. In the spirit of its namesake, Columbus is home to some of the countrys most impressive research facilities that are blazing new trails in the field of science. The city is also home to a series of firsts, including the nation's first recognized highway and the first inclined-arch bridge in America. Columbus is also known for being home to Ohio State University, which is the nations largest campus.
Real estate in Columbus is at a premium with housing sales outperforming the state as a whole. Just over 114,000 home sales were recorded, which is a jump of over 12,000 from the year previous. The average sale price for a single-family home was $134,951, which represents a 5.5 percent increase over the previous year. If you add condos into the mix, that number jumps to $167,670. The city has seen a vacancy rate of up to 11 percent in recent years, easily attributed to rapid growth. If youre looking to relocate to Columbus, finding apartments or rent to own homes should be easy. Housing turnover is at 23.26 percent, which means the market will typically have a generous mix of available properties.
Four Fortune 500 companies call Columbus home. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, L Brands, American Electric Power, and Big Lots are all located here, as well as Wendys and Cardinal Health. Columbus is a research mecca, with Siemens, Battelle Memorial, which is the worlds largest private research and development facility, Chemical Abstract Services, which is the worlds largest chemical information clearing house, and Roxane Laboratories all in town. Forbes and Businessweek have rated Columbus in their top 10 best for business and 50 best cities in the U.S. The city is a recognized leader in up-and-coming technology centers, and the research facilities of Ohio State University are nationally recognized for their resources and contributions to society.
The Columbus city school district is made up of 142 elementary, middle, and high schools. True to tradition, Columbus is the rumored home of the first kindergarten, dating back to the 1800s, which was soon followed by the first junior high school, founded here in 1909. The city's high schools consistently rank in the top 10 across the nation and boast many famous alumni, including actor Michael Feinstein and Rapper Bizzy Bone. Ohio State Universitys academic programs have been ranked in the top five in the nation in several disciplines, including pharmacy, veterinary, social psychology, and vocational education.
In Columbus, neighborhoods often exist within neighborhoods. You could easily separate the city into 100 unique districts this way. Neighborhoods are grouped together into larger city sections separated most commonly by the highways, creating relatively even divisions between north, south, east, and west. Most neighborhoods in Columbus are easily identified by welcome signs that hang on the streets of their traditional boundaries. Official boundaries for neighborhoods in this city are difficult to come by; landmarks are a much better gauge of location than area name. Here are several major areas of Columbus:
Old North Columbus: This area is a quiet neighborhood with a large number of single-family, owner-occupied homes. The area has an academic feel mixing in from the neighboring University areas.
Hilltop: Including the popular neighborhoods of Highlands West and Westgate, some sections of Hilltop are considered very desirable. Housing is mostly single-family homes with one or two bedrooms on average. Several notable people from Hilltop include singer Nancy Wilson, state representative Dan Stewart, and astronaut Don Eisele.
University District: Several culturally diverse and unique neighborhoods exist within this area. Overlapping into Old North Columbus, this is home to quiet neighborhoods, historical centers, and core student areas.
Downtown: This is the center of activity for the city and is divided into several much-smaller districts, including the Discovery District, Riverfront and High Street Corridor. Education is a focal point here; libraries, museums, and culturally rich attractions are the norm. Apartments in high-rises and smaller complexes are popular. Studios downtown can be had for a price, with good timing.
East: Mostly known for its proximity to the airport, this is a suburban area. Not as close to the city as other neighborhoods, this is a good area to step away from the center of things without having to leave the city limits.
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