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Best Places To Live In Columbus, OH

  • Columbus, OH
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  • 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…[read more]
Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score99
  • Minerva Park, OH
  • City: 6.9mi / 11.1km away
  • Population: 1,299
  • Hilliard, OH
  • City: 9.5mi / 15.2km away
  • Population: 33,108
  • I moved from Columbus to the suburb city of Hilliard a few years back and absolutely love it. It offers a perfect mixture of keeping a busy lifestyle against a small city backdrop. I'm the kind of person…[read more]
  • Upper Arlington, OH
  • City: 4.2mi / 6.7km away
  • Population: 34,675
  • I've been living in Upper Arlington for five years now after relocating here for work. It's been a phenomenal city so far and I honestly hope I never leave. It's right next to Columbus which makes…[read more]
  • Grandview Heights, OH
  • City: 2.9mi / 4.7km away
  • Population: 7,191
  • Worthington, OH
  • City: 8.0mi / 12.9km away
  • Population: 14,155
  • If you're looking for a great place to live, why not try the outskirts of Columbus in a place like Worthington? I have been living in Worthington for the past 50 years and I wouldn't trade it for the…[read more]
  • Westerville, OH
  • City: 10.4mi / 16.7km away
  • Population: 38,089
  • Living in Westerville, Ohio is very lonely at times, but there are pros and cons to living here. If you prefer a more active scene, then we are not that far from Columbus. I love the beauty that my city…[read more]
  • Gahanna, OH
  • City: 6.6mi / 10.7km away
  • Population: 34,373
  • Been living in Gahanna for 5 years after spending 22 years in the service. I've lived on both coasts in multiple locations. This has everything we wanted except for the ocean. Schools are great,…[read more]
  • Bexley, OH
  • City: 3.0mi / 4.8km away
  • Population: 13,534
  • I had a phenomenal experience while living in Bexley Ohio. The city is a stately town located in Franklin County. Bexley is close to Downtown Columbus. It is in the heart of Ohio. The town has…[read more]
  • Clintonville, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 4.5mi / 7.3km away
  • Population: 30,675
  • Dublin, OH
  • City: 12.3mi / 19.9km away
  • 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…[read more]
  • Pickerington, OH
  • City: 12.9mi / 20.7km away
  • Population: 19,379
  • During my years living in Pickerington, I spend the majority of my years living off of Refugee Road near the Windmiller Square. I could access everything I needed actually, as this is where I bought my…[read more]
  • Powell, OH
  • City: 13.7mi / 22.0km away
  • Population: 12,436
  • I have lived and worked in several communities in the Columbus metro area and Powell is at the top unless you require public transportation. I am surprised this site rates lesser communities higher than…[read more]
  • Grove City, OH
  • City: 9.2mi / 14.8km away
  • Population: 38,374
  • I live in Grove City, and it's a great choice just south of Columbus. One thing I like a lot about the city is that it has a lot of opportunities for work and education and that the cost of living is…[read more]
  • Harrison West, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 1.7mi / 2.8km away
  • Population: 1,347
  • Northwest, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 8.9mi / 14.3km away
  • 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…[read more]
  • Canal Winchester, OH
  • City: 13.4mi / 21.5km away
  • Population: 7,774
  • Downtown, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 1.5mi / 2.4km away
  • Population: 8,760
  • Riverlea, OH
  • City: 7.0mi / 11.3km away
  • Population: 583
  • Reynoldsburg, OH
  • City: 10.2mi / 16.4km away
  • Population: 36,995
  • I have lived in Reynoldsburg for 20+ years. This area is one of the most family friendly suburbs in the Columbus metro area. Housing is very affordable, whether you choose to buy or rent. There is a mix…[read more]
  • Far North, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 10.4mi / 16.7km away
  • Population: 33,986
  • Just a 10-15 minute drive north of Downtown Columbus, here lies Northern Worthington and Southern Lewis Center. Living here is really peaceful and quiet, and crime is virtually non-existent. Apartment…[read more]
  • Plain City, OH
  • City: 17.5mi / 28.2km away
  • Population: 4,444
  • Lithopolis, OH
  • City: 14.8mi / 23.7km away
  • Population: 1,439
  • Huber Ridge, OH
  • City: 8.2mi / 13.3km away
  • Population: 4,569
  • Upper Arlington, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 4.5mi / 7.3km away
  • Population: 43,520
  • Worthington, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 7.6mi / 12.2km away
  • Population: 14,074
  • Southside, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 2.7mi / 4.4km away
  • Population: 5,487
  • West Columbus Interim, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 8.9mi / 14.3km away
  • Population: 53,633
  • Marysville, OH
  • City: 26.0mi / 41.8km away
  • Population: 22,860
  • Marysville is one of the best places to see quality museums and spend time enjoying the natural scenery. It's easy to find fun activities, whether you're organizing an outing with friends or want to find…[read more]
  • Beechwood Trails, OH
  • City: 17.7mi / 28.4km away
  • Population: 2,994
  • Commercial Point, OH
  • City: 15.4mi / 24.8km away
  • Population: 1,844
  • Pataskala, OH
  • City: 16.5mi / 26.5km away
  • Population: 15,225
  • I very much enjoy living in this quiet little town. I've lived in big cities, the suburbs, and pretty much everywhere, and I have never been truly settled in like I am living in Pataskala. It is…[read more]
  • Ostrander, OH
  • City: 22.9mi / 36.8km away
  • Population: 1,041
  • Galena, OH
  • City: 17.8mi / 28.6km away
  • Population: 719
  • Marble Cliff, OH
  • City: 4.1mi / 6.5km away
  • Population: 556
  • Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 11.5mi / 18.6km away
  • Population: 8,709
  • Etna, OH
  • City: 15.9mi / 25.7km away
  • Population: 1,130
  • Johnstown, OH
  • City: 19.5mi / 31.3km away
  • Population: 4,999
  • McKinley Avenue Corridor, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 3.8mi / 6.1km away
  • Population: 5,558
  • Lake Darby, OH
  • City: 12.5mi / 20.1km away
  • Population: 4,392
  • Sunbury, OH
  • City: 19.3mi / 31.1km away
  • Population: 4,926
  • Brewery, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 2.8mi / 4.5km away
  • Population: 1,967
  • West Jefferson, OH
  • City: 15.3mi / 24.6km away
  • Population: 4,285
  • Lincoln Village, OH
  • City: 8.1mi / 13.0km away
  • Population: 9,882
  • Victorican Village, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 1.3mi / 2.0km away
  • Population: 3,989
  • Ashville, OH
  • City: 18.5mi / 29.8km away
  • Population: 4,142
  • Bexley, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 2.9mi / 4.6km away
  • Population: 13,485
  • Northland, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 8.0mi / 12.9km away
  • Population: 122,528
  • Columbus, Ohio! It's small enough to get around without bothersome traffic delays, but large enough to get that big-city life feel. I relocated to the Northland Columbus, OH neighborhood from Toledo,…[read more]
  • Italian Village, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood: 0.8mi / 1.3km away
  • Population: 2,937
  • Blacklick Estates, OH
  • City: 8.3mi / 13.4km away
  • Population: 9,022
  • New California, OH
  • City: 17.4mi / 28.0km away
  • Population: 1,996

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.