Columbus, Ohio

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The Ohio State Buckeyes bring in students, fans, and dollars— athletics nets the second-largest revenue pot among college programs—and the annual Ohio State-Michigan football game is one of the most competitive rivalries in college sports. The state capital and The Ohio State University form the economic backbone of Columbus. However, the economy is diversified, and despite the central role that the public sector plays, services (insurance, banking, health care, medical research, logistics, hospitality, retail) and manufacturing (defense, aviation, food, steel, energy, technology) provide a range of prospective employment options for Buckeyes. Reflecting the Midwestern regional economy, Columbus is not very diverse or college educated, yet rents are Midwest-standard low.

#8 Columbus, Ohio

POPULATION: 1,994,904
STUDENTS: 155,903
RANKING DETAIL:
#7 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#17 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#15 CITY ACCESS
#16 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#5 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#7 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#6 LABOR FORCE
#12 INNOVATION
#8 RENT

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