Columbus

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
179/263
Details
Large apartment$1472.69
Medium apartment$1220.59
Rent index [score]0.63
Small apartment$968.49

Cost of Living

5
139/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.70
A Cappuccino$3.60
A beer$2.30
A kilogram of Apples$3.40
Bread$1.50
Inflation [score]0.52
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$33.00
Monthly public transport$56.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$63.68

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]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co19
Meetups [score]0.41
Meetups groups110
Meetups members30019
Number of investors63
Number of startup events in the last 12 months510
Number of upcoming meetup events61
Startup climate scene [score]0.56
Startup events64
Startup events77
Startup events [score]0.69
Startups [score]0.69
Total number of startups250

Venture Capital

6
58/227
Details
Funding accelerator names10-xcelerator
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.60

Travel Connectivity

2
199/260
Details
Airport hub34
Airport hub [score]0.21
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

5
93/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Columbus
Traffic handling [score]0.77

Business Freedom

9
67/259
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

6
208/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.59
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]0.52
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.61

Healthcare

7
151/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.33
Healthcare quality [score]0.87
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

6
49/230
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)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
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
75/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.76
Cleanliness [score]0.75
Drinking water quality [score]0.78
Urban greenery [score]0.75

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
191/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.26
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

5
164/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)36.53
Internet access (download) [score]0.66
Internet access (upload) [score]0.26
Upload speed (Mbps)5.58

Leisure & Culture

7
100/263
Details
Art galleries138
Art galleries [score]0.72
Cinemas82
Cinemas [score]0.68
Comedy clubs82
Comedy clubs [score]0.83
Concert venues106
Concerts [score]0.84
Historical sites121
Historical sites [score]0.70
Museums82
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues115
Performing arts [score]0.75
Sport venues51
Sports [score]0.81
Zoos35
Zoos [score]0.91

Tolerance

6
118/264
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]0.59

Outdoors

5
138/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.20
Median peak in meters339.00
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 139th place of all 261 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)

$1,092$1,853
$1473
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$33
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$40
Monthly public transport$56
Lunch$12
-28%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Columbus are above average. For this job type, Columbus ranks 54th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Columbus.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$68,286
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very Low
30/49
Theft
Moderate
33/47
Robbery
Low
25/43

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault-90%
  • Robbery-98%
  • Theft-91%

Gun crimes & Ownership

100.64
Guns per 100 people
11.14
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Columbus in position 140 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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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