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Columbus is a city in Franklin County. (The community straddles Franklin, Fairfield and Delaware counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after Christopher Columbus.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Ohio named Columbus. For links to other places called Columbus, OH, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Columbus is 39.961N. The longitude is -82.998W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 771 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 728,432.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Columbus demographic reports
Columbus is at the junction of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers.
Military center and site of the largest Confederate prison during the Civil War.

Grew during World War II through the manufacture of aircraft.

Public transportation: Central Ohio Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 6,215. The number of murders and homicides was 109. The violent crime rate was 8.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 4 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Columbus received national attention for 1930 fire at Ohio State Penitentiary, which killed 320 prisoners.
Filming location for:
· 1991 movie, "Little Man Tate"
· 2000 movie, "Traffic"
Census 2000 highlights: 15th largest city in the U.S., by population.
Well-known residents have included:
· Eddie Rickenbacker, flying ace and airline executive
· Blaine Wilson, Olympic athlete
· James G. Thurber, writer and cartoonist
· Philip Michael Thomas, actor
· Debra Winger, actress
· Paul Hamm, Olympic gold medallist (gymnastics)
· AJ Langer, actress
Local bands (past and present) have included Rascal Flatts
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Asian Festival - May 26-27, 2007
  • Arts Festival - June 7-10, 2007
  • Jazz & Rib Fest - July 20-22, 2007
  • India Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
  • Riverfest - June 30, 2007
  • Italian Festival - Oct. 5-7, 2007
  • International Festival - Nov. 3-4, 2007
  • Rose Festival - June 9-10, 2007
  • Ohio State Fair - Aug. 1-12, 2007
  • Festival Latino - June 15-16, 2007
  • Culture Fest - May 18-19, 2007
  • Pride Festival - June 23, 2007
  • German Village Oktoberfest - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Ohioana Day - Oct. 27, 2007
  • Greek Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Columbus web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Opera Columbus, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, BalletMet
Nearby parks & recreation: Seymour Woods State Nature Preserve
Columbus attractions: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Sports teams: Clippers (minor league baseball), Crew (Major League Soccer), Destroyers (Arena Football League), Blue Jackets (NHL)
Historic routes: National Road
Historic sites and museums: Ohio Historical Center, Ohio Village, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio Flight Museum, Shrum Mound, COSI (Center of Science & Industry)
Colleges and universities: Ohio State University, Devry Institute of Technology, Franklin University, Capital University, Ohio Dominican College, Columbus College of Art and Design
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 152
Ordinarily, anyone in Columbus who wants to take a fling at haute cuisine goes to Cincinnati.
-- American Fried: Adventures of a Happy Eater
Calvin Trillin

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Neighborhoods in Columbus include Arena District, Brewery District, Clintonville, German Village, Hilltop, Italian Village, Linden, Merion Village, North Campus, Olde Town East ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Columbus include Arena District, Brewery District, Clintonville, German Village, Hilltop, Italian Village, Linden, Merion Village, North Campus, Olde Town East ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Columbus demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Franklin County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Columbus area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 43202 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

19% of Columbus residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Columbus ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Columbus was $20,450, compared with $21,587 nationally.


29% of Columbus residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Columbus include Capital University Historic District, Columbus Near East Side District, East Broad Street Historic District, East Town Street Historic District, German Village, Old Beechwold Historic District, Short North Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Columbus, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $490.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $987.


Libraries in Columbus include Columbus Metropolitan Library, Driving Park Branch Library, Franklinton Branch Library, Hilltop Branch Library, Karl Road Branch Library, Linden Branch Library, Livingston Branch Library, Martin Luther King Branch Library, Northern Lights Branch Library, Northside Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Columbus include Clintonville-Beechwold Booster, Columbus Dispatch, German Village Gazette, Northland News, Northwest Columbus News

TV stations in Columbus include WBNS, WCMH, WINJ-LP, WOSU, WSYX, WTTE.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WCBE., WOSU-FM., WOSU-AM.

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Franklin County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Columbus political report.

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Columbus restaurants taking online reservations include Barcelona Restaurant & Bar, Columbus Fish Market - Grandview, Columbus Fish Market - Worthington, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Columbus, Mitchell's Ocean Club - Easton Towne Center, Mitchell's Steakhouse - Columbus Downtown, Mitchell's Steakhouse - Columbus Worthington, Morton's, the Steakhouse - Columbus, Rigsby's Kitchen, Ruth's Chris Steak House - Columbus ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Columbus workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 174 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Columbus between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ Ordinarily, anyone in Columbus who wants to take a fling at haute cuisine goes to Cincinnati. ”
~ American Fried: Adventures of a Happy Eater
Calvin Trillin

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