Columbus is a city with a lot to celebrate

Columbus is #1

It’s that time of the year when we tend to take a look back. When I reflect on what the past year and half has meant to Columbus, I’m reminded that this is a city with much to celebrate.

We’re number one. A lot.

I’m not just saying that, either. There’s proof:

Excitement abounded when COSI was named #1 science center in the country by Parents Magazine .

Shortly after that, Columbus was named #1 sports town in the U.S. by Scarborough Sports Marketing.

We love sports, but we also love books. The Columbus Metropolitan Library was ranked #1 library in the nation by Hennen’s American Public Library Rating (it’s been in the top four every year since 1999).

That was followed by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium being named #1 zoo in America by USA Travel Guide .

Then, E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University , was named #1 college president by Time Magazine .

And most recently, Huntington Park was named Ballpark of the Year by Baseballpark Digest (and, the park received the same distinction from back in August).

We’re on a roll, Columbus. Who will be honored next?

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  • Doug

    Yea COSI!

  • Crys

    Our family moved to Columbus about a year and a half ago. When others ask me ‘Why Columbus?’ I give them these stats. GO Columbus!!!! Best hometown for families in America (that will be the next #1).


    does anyone know any places to go for new years eve besides 1st night columbus? thanks

  • Irene Alvarez, Marketing Project Manager

    Hi Tammie -

    You’ll find a post of several New Year’s Eve ideas here:

    (plus, there’s a link to the events calendar, where you can search additional options)

    Another place to check is under the Columbus Conversation tab (see top of this page). There are a couple links to other sites offering NYE suggestions, too.

    Hope that helps!

  • Walker Evans

    Great list! Looking forward to what 2010 will bring!

  • Alvin

    Thanks for compiling the list Irene. Lots of good things in Columbus. Except you know, Go Blue. :)

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