REASONS TO LIVE IN COLUMBUS

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Monday, February 25, 2013

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Columbus, Ohio is a great place to live. But don't just take our word for it. Check out this list of features that explains why we love calling Columbus our home.

Food & Shopping

Columbus is a test-market city. In an NPR interview, professor of marketing at The Ohio State University Neeli Bendapudi said the metropolis is the heart of the heartland and, therefore, representative of typical U.S. consumers. That means residents are treated to the first taste of new restaurants, products and services.

Entertainment

The city is full of things to do and see. Columbus is home to major league and college sports, Jack Hanna's Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, extensive natural parks within the metropolitan area, museums and art galleries, international ballet, festivals, symphonies, holiday celebrations, and cultural events. Because of its centralized location and college-town vibe, major musical headliners enjoy performing in Columbus at venues like the Newport Music Hall and the Schottenstein Center.

Employment

Professional opportunities are abundant in Columbus. The city has Fortune 500 and 1,000 companies, research and development prospects, healthcare careers, information technology positions, and manufacturing jobs. Major employers in the area include The Ohio State UniversityNationwideAmerican Electric PowerLimited BrandsOhioHealthBob Evans Farms, Inc., and Battelle Memorial Institute.

Location

Did you know that Columbus is within a 500-mile drive or one-hour flight of almost half of the U.S. population, and most of the U.S. corporate headquarters? In addition, average commute times are low.

Cost of Living

Even with all the perks mentioned above, the cost of living in and around Columbus is lower than the national average.

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