Columbus

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
170/265
Details
Large apartment$1500.00
Medium apartment$1200.00
Rent index [score]0.65
Small apartment$900.00

Cost of Living

5
138/250
Details
5km taxi ride$8.90
A Cappuccino$3.70
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$3.60
Bread$1.60
Inflation [score]0.53
Lunch$11.00
Monthly fitness club membership$38.00
Monthly public transport$54.00
Movie ticket$9.70
Price of a meal at a restaurant$62.04

Startups

6
74/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups12
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.46
Coworking spaces [score]0.47
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co19
Meetups [score]0.44
Meetups groups120
Meetups members35474
Number of investors63
Number of startup events in the last 12 months695
Number of upcoming meetup events94
Startup climate scene [score]0.56
Startup events95
Startup events [score]0.69
Startups [score]0.69
Total number of startups234

Venture Capital

5
73/227
Details
Funding accelerator names10-xcelerator
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.49

Travel Connectivity

2
202/265
Details
Airport hub34
Airport hub [score]0.22
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

5
110/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Columbus
Traffic handling [score]0.76

Business Freedom

9
69/263
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

5
227/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.55
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year11
Guns per 100 residents101
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.70
Lack of guns [score]0.51
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.60

Healthcare

6
173/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.31
Healthcare quality [score]0.84
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

5
81/239
Details
Best university in rankingOhio State University
Best university ranking72
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.28

Environmental Quality

8
59/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.85
Cleanliness [score]0.81
Drinking water quality [score]0.79
Urban greenery [score]0.79

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
195/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.27
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.07

Internet Access

6
96/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)35.59
Internet access (download) [score]0.65
Internet access (upload) [score]0.57
Upload speed (Mbps)13.51

Leisure & Culture

6
99/264
Details
Art galleries138
Art galleries [score]0.71
Cinemas82
Cinemas [score]0.68
Comedy clubs82
Comedy clubs [score]0.82
Concert venues104
Concerts [score]0.85
Historical sites121
Historical sites [score]0.69
Museums82
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues113
Performing arts [score]0.75
Sport venues81
Sports [score]0.81
Zoos35
Zoos [score]0.92

Tolerance

6
195/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index67.19
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.68
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.51

Outdoors

5
142/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.18
Median peak in meters339.50
Urban area elevation (meters)240.00
Water access [score]0.73
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Columbus are in the 138th place of all 250 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,100$1,800
$1500
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$38
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$40
Monthly public transport$54
Lunch$11
-30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$71,000
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Low
35/51
Theft
Moderate
35/49
Robbery
Moderate
33/41

Crime rate development in the last 8 months

Change in the last 8 months

  • Assault-54%
  • Robbery-21%
  • Theft-44%

Gun crimes & Ownership

101.17
Guns per 100 people
11.14
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Columbus in position 158 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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    People in Columbus

    Population of Columbus

    1,485,400
    212 /km²
    250/264
    Density (people per unit of area)
    5%
    Growth in 2015-2020
    Columbus

    Demographics of United States

    Median age
    38
    Elderly people
    15%
    Life expectancy at birth
    80
    GDP per capita (in USD)
    $54,597
    12/262
    Unemployment
    5%
    117/263

    Languages

    English proficiency score
    100
    1/228
    Common spoken languages
    English

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    Software Engineer
    11.29%
    Systems Administrator
    5.65%
    Administrative Assistant
    4.03%
    Account Manager
    4.03%
    Founder
    3.23%
    Web Designer
    3.23%
    Content Marketing
    2.42%
    Other
    66.13%

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    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    72

    Climate type

    Hot Summer Continental

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    On living in Columbus

    Columbus is the capital of the American state of Ohio and is located centrally within the state in the Mid-Ohio region. Sited in an area where the Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Appalachia, and the Farm Belt meet, Columbus is a fusion of many different parts of America. It is the home of Ohio State University. The combination of Ohio Government and Ohio State University has fueled amazing growth both financially and physically in Columbus. It has created a business and research environment that has provided substantial employment opportunities to the diverse ethnic and local graduates of Ohio State University, and other academic institutions in Columbus. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), is projected to be one of the top 50 supercomputers in the world and among the top 10 supercomputing academic centers. It also ranked number 1 on About.com's list of the United States' Most Underrated Gay Cities.


    Named after the Italian explorer who sailed under the Spanish flag, this city is the largest in Ohio in terms of population with 787,033, and the 15th largest city in the United States—though with only 1.7 million people, the metropolitan statistical area is relatively small (the 31st largest in the nation and the 3rd of 4th largest in Ohio). Major area employers are state government (as the state capital), Ohio State University (the largest student population in the nation) and numerous Fortune 500 companies headquartered here (Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, etc.). It is a day's drive from one half of the U.S. population and is located at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.

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    Overall ranking

    United States
    23rd from a total of 163 countries

    World Order

    26th

    Refugees hosted

    Refugees generated

    Charity giving

    Birth rate

    UN Treaties signed

    International Peace & Security

    66th

    Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

    International violent conflict

    Peacekeeping troops

    Arms exports

    Internet security (2014)

    Planet & Climate

    34th

    Ecological footprint

    Reforestation since 1992

    Hazardous pesticides exports

    CO2 emissions

    Ozone

    Prosperity & Equality

    46th

    Development assistance

    FDI outflows

    Fairtrade market size

    UN volunteers abroad

    Open trading

    Culture

    53rd

    Freedom of movement

    Press freedom

    Creative services exports

    UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

    Creative goods exports

    Science & Technology

    20th

    Nobel prizes

    Patents

    Journal exports

    International publications

    International Students

    Health & Wellbeing

    12th

    Pharmaceutical exports

    Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

    Food aid

    Humanitarian aid donations

    International Health Regulations Compliance

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