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About Columbus

Columbus at a Glance

As the 14th largest city in the country and the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, Columbus is collaborative, open and dynamic. Between incredible arts and entertainment, exciting collegiate and professional sports and a spectacular downtown riverfront of sprawling greenspace, Columbus has something for everyone.




68% of overnight travelers to Columbus said they were very satisfied with their overall trip experience, according to 2022 visitor research by Longwoods International.


As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in grant funding and the designation as America's Smart City.


Columbus is committed to the safety of our residents and visitors. In fact, Safety Ambassadors are available to serve as safety escorts in several neighborhoods, including the Short North and Downtown.


Expedia named Columbus one of the most exciting LGBTQ-friendly travel destinations in the world, and Columbus has continually scored 100s on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index.


Named one of the Best Cities for Gen Z by The New York Times, one of the Top 25 Convention Cities by Meeting Source and one of the Best Weekend Getaways by Midwest Living, Columbus is a top place to visit and live.


The population of Columbus is growing and thriving, with the city named one of the 10 Best Big Cities to Live in Right Now and a top place to live for millennials by TIME and a Best American City to Work in Tech from Smart Asset.

​*Columbus, OH received the highest numerical score among 8 cities in the Midwest in the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study, based on 26,124 total responses, measuring the experiences and perceptions of travelers who visited a top 50 U.S. destination, surveyed February-July 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit