search within
search within
include
population
score by
home / rent price

Best Places To Live In Columbus, OH

69
  • Columbus, OH
  • Your matching location
  • Population: 837,038
  • Truthfully, Columbus looks good compared to the towns and depressed cities around it, and to areas of West Virginia and Kentucky. Beyond that, forget it. The best thing about Columbus is and always will
Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score88
  • Grandview Heights, OH
  • 2.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 7,191
87
  • Worthington, OH
  • 8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 14,155
86
  • Hilliard, OH
  • 9.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 33,108
86
  • Upper Arlington, OH
  • 4.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 34,675
85
  • Minerva Park, OH
  • 6.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 1,299
85
  • Powell, OH
  • 13.7 miles away (City)
  • Population: 12,436
84
  • Marysville, OH
  • 26 miles away (City)
  • Population: 22,860
84
  • Far North, Columbus, OH
  • 10.4 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 33,986
83
  • Bexley, OH
  • 3 miles away (City)
  • Population: 13,534
83
  • Harrison West, Columbus, OH
  • 1.7 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,347
82
  • Dublin, OH
  • 12.3 miles away (City)
  • Population: 43,874
  • I was born in Alexandria, a town located in Virginia, close to Washington D.C. Currently I live in Dublin, Ohio. Despite me being a warm climate girl, I absolutely love this community. To me there is no
82
  • Downtown, Columbus, OH
  • 1.5 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 8,760
82
  • Westerville, OH
  • 10.4 miles away (City)
  • Population: 38,089
82
  • Bexley, Columbus, OH
  • 2.9 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 13,485
81
  • Upper Arlington, Columbus, OH
  • 4.6 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 43,520
81
  • Brewery, Columbus, OH
  • 2.8 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,967
81
  • Riverlea, OH
  • 7 miles away (City)
  • Population: 583
81
  • West Columbus Interim, Columbus, OH
  • 8.9 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 53,633
81
  • Worthington, Columbus, OH
  • 7.6 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 14,074
81
  • Southside, Columbus, OH
  • 2.7 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 5,487
80
  • Clintonville, Columbus, OH
  • 4.6 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 30,675
80
  • Northwest, Columbus, OH
  • 8.9 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 79,502
  • I lived in northwest Columbus, Ohio for 2 years in my early twenties. More specifically Upper Arlington, which is just a stone's throw away from The Ohio State University. There are a few different
79
  • Marble Cliff, OH
  • 4.1 miles away (City)
  • Population: 556
79
  • Victorican Village, Columbus, OH
  • 1.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 3,989
79
  • New Albany, OH
  • 12 miles away (City)
  • Population: 9,384
  • New Albany puts on a great front. It can certainly be quiet and safe, but it is FULL of the most miserable, angry, and rude people in every single neighborhood. You'll never see police, so speeding and
78
  • Italian Village, Columbus, OH
  • 0.8 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,937
78
  • Pickerington, OH
  • 12.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 19,379
78
  • Grove City, OH
  • 9.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 38,374
77
  • New California, OH
  • 17.4 miles away (City)
  • Population: 1,996
77
  • Johnstown, OH
  • 19.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,999
77
  • Reynoldsburg, OH
  • 10.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 36,995
77
  • Gahanna, OH
  • 6.7 miles away (City)
  • Population: 34,373
77
  • Ashville, OH
  • 18.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,142
77
  • Lithopolis, OH
  • 14.8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 1,439
77
  • Sunbury, OH
  • 19.3 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,926
77
  • Commercial Point, OH
  • 15.4 miles away (City)
  • Population: 1,844
76
  • Huber Ridge, OH
  • 8.3 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,569
76
  • Beechwood Trails, OH
  • 17.7 miles away (City)
  • Population: 2,994
76
  • Plain City, OH
  • 17.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,444
76
  • Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord, Columbus, OH
  • 11.5 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 8,709
75
  • Pataskala, OH
  • 16.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 15,225
75
  • South Bloomfield, OH
  • 18.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 2,136
74
  • Galena, OH
  • 17.8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 719
73
  • Canal Winchester, OH
  • 13.4 miles away (City)
  • Population: 7,774
73
  • Ostrander, OH
  • 22.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 1,041
71
  • West Jefferson, OH
  • 15.3 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,285
71
  • Valleyview, OH
  • 4.8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 623
70
  • McKinley Avenue Corridor, Columbus, OH
  • 3.8 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 5,558
70
  • Lake Darby, OH
  • 12.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,392
70
  • Urbancrest, OH
  • 7.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 894

Columbus, OH: Great City for Millennials

Columbus is becoming the new place to live, at least for millennials. It has one of the largest populations of this age group in the country. Reasonable prices for renting and buying residences and a good amount of entertainment are two good reasons. The Ohio State University is also a draw, with more than 55,000 students at the main campus. With just over two million people, there is quite a diversity of cultures, and, of course, dining. The Columbus Blue Jackets provide professional hockey thrills for the area, and the Crew for professional soccer. The OSU Buckeyes won the national football championship in 2014, putting them on the map again, years after Woody Hayes ruled the roost.

Employment in Columbus is no worse than most places and better than many. Chase Bank employs more than 20,000 people and Nationwide more than 13,000, for starters. Honda has almost 11,000 employees, and L Brands and Cardinal Health together provide almost 13,000 jobs. There are 50 other nationally known companies that employ thousands more and many smaller businesses beyond that. Bus lines and taxi cabs are common sights in Columbus, but it is primarily a car-driving town for work and leisure.

The cost of living in Columbus is lower than the national average and lower than the state of Ohio average. The weather is also tolerable with four distinct seasons but not vicious winters, at least not usually. People are mobile all year, with a day off here and there for ice.

Some of the best places in Columbus include the nationally rated Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Franklin Park Conservatory. Indoor and outdoor exhibits in both places allow for year round visits. Jack Hanna put the zoo on the map and visits regularly. Other places of note include German Village with loads of history and The Short North with loads of art.

There are many different neighborhoods in town that would qualify as the best places to live in Columbus. Upper Arlington, home of Jack Nicklaus of golf world fame, Bexley, Grandview, Clintonville, Victorian Village, Italian Village, Olde Towne East and downtown. There is so much new housing going up all over the city, the list of choices is long.

AreaVibes is a resource to check out for information about Columbus, Ohio. Cities and neighborhoods are graded based on our Livablity Score. The top score is 100, so if a city gets anything above 80, it's considered a great place to live. Crime, education, housing and employment figure into the score and areas can be sorted according to what factors are most important to you.