Columbus 78 Exceptional
Columbus Livability #109 ranked city in Indiana#5,103 ranked city in the USARanks better than 82% of areas
A+ Columbus Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Columbus Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% higher than Indiana
973% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Columbus cost of living
C Columbus Crime Total crime is 47% higher than Indiana
Total crime
3,13834% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3234% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Columbus crime
C Columbus Employment Household income is 11% higher than Indiana
Median household income
$56,0481% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,8573% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%31% lower than the US average
Columbus employment
D+ Columbus Housing Home value is 15% higher than Indiana
Median home value
$146,00021% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$83412% lower than the US average
Home ownership
62%2% lower than the US average
Columbus real estate or Columbus rentals
C+ Columbus Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Indiana
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
53%9% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:111% higher than the US average
Columbus K-12 schools
B- Columbus User Ratings There are a total of 10 ratings in Columbus
Overall user rating
70% 10 total ratings
User reviews rating
30% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
81% 9 total surveys
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      Living in Columbus, IN

      Columbus, Indiana is a mid-sized city with a population of 46,474 people. At 82%, the majority of the Columbus population is White; this is followed by 10% Asian and 3% Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Columbus might be a good fit as 76% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 58% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Columbus could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Indiana if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Columbus, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, weather, education and more.

      Using data and statistics Columbus has received a livability score of 79/100. This score is ranked in the 92nd percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on this score, Columbus would be considered a very livable city! Another exciting tidbit, is that Columbus ranks better than 90% of all US cities! Based on the scores for each individual category, Columbus has received high marks for amenities (A+) and education (A+).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Columbus has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Columbus: The Commons, Kidscommons, and Columbus Architecture Tours.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Columbus has a violent crime rate of 49 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Knowing that the Columbus schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 70%, which is far higher than the national average.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Columbus is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Columbus come in at $146,000, which is 15.4% higher than the Indiana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Columbus, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 4% higher than the Indiana average. Real estate appreciation rates in Columbus are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Columbus homes comes in at 4.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 4.1%.

      Columbus transportation information

      Average one way commute17min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work85.4%83.0%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.0%8.9%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.7%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.4%2.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.0%3.5%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Columbus, IN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).