Columbus by the Ohio River

Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)

Columbus definitely has small-town charm, but it’s a spirited city that offers a warm welcome to all who visit. The capital of “the Buckeye State,” Columbus has a surprisingly large, diverse population. More than 700,000 people from 134 nations throughout the world speak an impressive 105 languages in Columbus. Multi-culturalism is evident throughout the city. Columbus has wealth of restaurants and markets that represent all types of cuisines. Galleries are filled with global artwork and historic sites honor the memory of some of Columbus’ most poignant moments like the passage of the Underground Railroad.

A Youthful Glance

Columbus has recently undergone a reinvention, attracting young professionals to move downtown. And why wouldn’t you move? With its array of hip stores, eclectic dining and endless entertainment options, the city has become a standout place for twenty- (and thirty-) somethings to live.  There’s some great scenery in Columbus, with two beautiful natural waterfalls and botanical gardens; right outside your front door, parks with baseball fields and running trails will keep you on the move.

Ohio State calls the city home, which means that it has some college town perks. Most notably it's athletic program, which brings sports events to town most months of the year. The Buckeyes participate in the NCAA Division 1, Big Ten Conference and have a powerhouse football team that has won seven national championships.

For more great Midwestern cities that define the U.S. heartland, explore Madison and St. Louis.