I grew up just outside of Columbus, I left and traveled the world and lived in Dallas, TX for a decade, then came back when I married my sweetheart here. I need to be brutally honest with you rather than telling you how I 'wish' it could be;
Columbus culture is very forced. Where it does exist it's pretentious and extremely overpriced. We were a Cowtown a decade ago. Now we're a Cowtown pretending not to be one. The city has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few decades, but the number of jobs, quality of roads and public transportation, and quality of life have not grown in proportion to the commerce and population. People will tell you that our violent crime rate isn't as high as Cleveland's, but that's ignoring the fact that Cleveland's crime rate is three times that of the national average for large cities. I did an experiment where I said hello and smiled at 10 different people in Columbus while getting gas. Only 2 people returned the salutation, the other 8 either didn't say anything or looked at me like I was going to mug them (and I'm a well groomed older gentleman, maybe they thought I was a cop?). I later performed the same experiment in Dallas, TX. and all 10 people returned my hello and 3 of them engaged me in an extended friendly conversation. People are VERY mean on the road, maybe worse than New York and Atlanta. Real-estate here is about 30-40% over the national average. If you try to get a downtown apartment, expect to pay NY and LA prices. This is because people in Columbus want to believe that we're equal in culture and desirability.. but the reality is not even close. Taxes are way too high here as well! Also, I should mention, if you're a Veteran be aware that there isn't a VA hospital within a 3 hour drive. There's a 'clinic' here, but I've been neglected there too many times and I'm literally scared to return.
There are some good things about Columbus; we get decent concerts and shows here. The BlueJacket and Clippers games are always good family fun. There are some very good local restaurants. The weather is usually bad, but when it's good we have phenomenal sunrises and sunsets. Columbus embraces and celebrates diversity more than most cities I've ever seen. The good people are really good (but the bad people are also in the really bad extreme).
I apologize if this is too honest and blunt for your taste, but I was compelled to provide an unbiased view to counteract the propaganda you may have seen.