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Columbus, OH

Columbus leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
867,628
Columbus Population7
$
43,008
Median Income6
5.9
%
Unemployment Rate18
 

City Score

 

Population

Columbus is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States since 2010, particularly for 65- to 74-year olds which grew by 49%

Age

32.2
Median Age7
12.6
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Columbus residents are mostly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 0.7% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 14.0%

Race

79.2
%
Ohio Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Columbus has comfortable summers and cold winters with frequent rain. The temperature reaches 90°F or above 19 days per year with an average temperature in January of 30°F. There is at least some rain 138 days per year with 39 inches of annual rainfall

Weather

38
%
Chance of Rain12
45
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature40

 

Housing

The average home value in Columbus increased by 45% since 2010 which is 3% higher than the national average and 16% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,250
Monthly Average13
55
%
Renters41

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Columbus is a very high tax location with sales tax near the national average, but income tax 38% higher than the national average and property tax 42% higher than the national average.

Other

1.58
%
Property Tax21
7.5
%
Sales Tax11
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)42

 

Employment

Columbus has an average employment rate of 94% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are L Brands and Nationwide Mutual Insurance

Income

16.6
%
<$25,0006
8.0
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry18

 

Politics

Columbus leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results44

Representatives

Mayor28 Andrew J. Ginther
Democratic
House of Representative28 Joyce Beatty
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, is 8.0 miles from the center of Columbus, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital, is 6.6 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In Ohio, 41.9% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, but gun ownership has increased since 2000 when 35.1% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#100 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#53 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report32
#51 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report33
#55 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub34
#28 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades35
 

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