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Columbus, OH is unique in that it seems to be an "average" American city, with a perfect distribution of races, incomes, and demographics. These ideal statistics make Columbus the perfect focus group for companies to gather research or launch their new products. Between 2000 and 2005, Columbus grew from 711,470 residents to an estimated 730,657, making the metropolitan area the third largest in Ohio behind Cleveland and Cincinnati. Columbus has a per capita income of $34,128.

Ohio's "Arch City," named for the arches spanning High Street, which provided light for the street and electricity for streetcars, offers many jobs for skilled trades and labor at the following manufacturing facilities:

  • Two Honda manufacturing plants
  • Worthington Industries steel processing plant
  • Budweiser brewery
  • UPS distribution center


Although it may not seem like a fashionable city, Columbus, OH is the headquarters of clothing retailers Abercrombie & Fitch as well as Limited Brands, the parent company of The Limited, Express, Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works.

Food is also an important industry in Columbus, and the following restaurant chains are all based in or around the Columbus metropolitan area:

  • Wendy's
  • White Castle
  • Bob Evans


Additionally, Abbott Laboratories, makers of nutritional drinks Ensure and Similac, has facilities in Columbus that provide jobs to more than 7,000 employees.

For more information on colleges and universities in Ohio, explore our Ohio state page.

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Columbus, Ohio (OH) Colleges and Universities

Note: This list also contains online schools that accept students from this state.