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Columbus Named One of The 6 Best Big Cities by Money Magazine

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Last week, Time’s Money Magazine announced their annual list of The 6 Best Big Cities in the U.S., which Columbus was named a part of. The list isn’t in numerical order, instead being divided by geographical regions, meaning that the Midwest category is what Columbus was on top of.

“For the second year, our Best Big Cities list identifies the metro ares in each region of the country that offers all that plus strong job growth, affordable housing, good schools, low crime, and great quality-of-life factors such as ample transportation options and access to green space,” writes article author Sarah Max. “This year we also gave additional weight to the health of the local economy.”

Columbus gets recognized in the article as a place with a strong magnet economy, pulling creative entrepreneurs and businesses from other parts of the country.

In the past five years more than 150 companies have moved to the area, drawn by a highly educated workforce and a solid business base that includes major retailers L Brands and Abercrombie & Fitch,” writes Max. “In 2015 the city saw the highest wage growth in the country, with average hourly wages shooting up 6.2 percent, far exceeding the national rate of around 2 percent and surpassing even such go-to burgs as San Francisco.”

The article also singles out Olde Towne East as a hip neighborhood for new transplants to consider, with its large historic homes that have price tags far below what can be found in larger cities.

“How’s this for reverse sticker shock: A 1920 five–bedroom, seven-bathroom brick beauty with an asking price of $375,000,” states Max.

The other five cities to make this year’s list include Portland, Boston, Raleigh, Colorado Springs and Arlington, Texas.

To read the full article, visit time.com/money/4490477/the-best-big-cities/.

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  • Gail Spicehandler Burkholder

    And another recent national article counters this with a reminder of the fact that we are also one of the most economically segregated cities in the country.


    • Chas Chandler

      What is your solution? Are you part of the problem? What part of town do you live?

      • I agree, it’s a good question and a tough problem to solve, but there are solutions, many coming from the community itself with leaders, and like one of our architectural projects in Boston by integrating different income levels into one development (Tent City)… this can help make neighborhood vital by offering quality housing to higher income people while providing housing for lower income families without distinguishing between the two. The benefits extend outwards too as Tent City turned the entire neighborhood into a desirable area to live in. Each depressed neighborhood should have at least one Tent City type project, and for that matter in non-depressed neighborhoods as well. That said, people naturally tend to flock to cultural areas that are similar to their own, but there’s plenty of transition areas that can help bridge the divides, those divides often defined by highways, tracks, etc.
        I used to work for Trott & Bean Architects in Columbus, downtown. Very nice city indeed with some strong and weak areas.

    • PDunc

      The article points out that while Columbus as a whole is doing well, there are still poorer neighborhoods with higher crime rates. I wouldn’t think that fact is unique to Columbus and is the case in most big cities.

      I don’t see where it says that Columbus is more economically segregate than other cities in the country. Did I miss that point in the article, or has that been reported elsewhere?

      • Joel Cosme Jr.
        • PDunc

          Thank you for the response. I hadn’t seen the article before. I wonder what causes 2 similar cities like Columbus and Cincinnati to be on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of economic segregation.

          • Keep in mind that the study actually ranks metro areas, not just cities. The fault lies not just with the layout of the City of Columbus but also with our suburbs.

            At the end of the day, if the goal is economic integration (and I think it should be the goal), we need more rich people living in impoverished neighborhoods and more poor people living in wealthy neighborhoods and suburbs.

            If I had to wager a guess though, I don’t think Dublin, New Albany, Powell or Westerville is going to jump at the chance to build subsidized housing for new low-income residents in their cities.


            You’ve got that right. And the low income residents that are already there are being pushed out, such as with the sale of Bollinger Tower. (i.e., they are not “new low-income residents” but “old low-income residents.)

          • john dillngerr

            some people dont want to work-they prefer to steal rob and shoot dope in their cars at city parks

      • john dillngerr

        every big city has a ghetto-ignore the social justice angle

    • peanutnozone

      Ha, ha-ha, hahahahahahahahahaha.

      With love,


    • john dillngerr

      you can put the responsibility for these ghetto areas of columbus being such a mess squarely on the residents in the area,nobody else-do you see residents of upper arlington driving to linden to shoot somebody?nope–do you see residents of powell driving to the west side to shoot somebody?nope

  • David Smith

    The most notable thing about Columbus is it’s collective inferiority complex along with it’s bigoted southern charm… The Ohio State University and State Government are the only purpose It is Ohio’s third largest metropolitan area, behind Cleveland and Cincinnati. Only a moron would mention this place in the same breath as NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, etc.! At least half of the city’s population is employed by the State or University meaning the city would serve as a service center for the whole state with no other distinguishing characteristic… “The Best Zoo” – REALLY…

    • traviscols

      FWIW… The Columbus metropolitan area is currently the second biggest in Ohio and is projected to be the biggest in the state by 2025… If you’re going to come on here and trash our city, at least have your facts straight.

      • David Smith

        2015 List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas states Columbus is 3rd but it’s of no consequence to me I would be very defensive if I lived there. I don’t hate you or Columbus would have to envy you or desire to live in Columbus. You’re 3rd behind larger and more sophisticated Ohio List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas in 2013… shut up and go slop the hogs! I can’t trash your city if every thing is true, I don’t really care that much about it.. Yawl Have a good day, !

        • traviscols

          Trust me, I’m not being defensive.
          You may love wherever you live and that’s great. But, either way, I couldn’t care less.
          I’ve lived in many states and the three major cities in Ohio as well and I happen to love it here… To each their own.
          -Take care

          • David Smith

            I do live in a great place, have traveled the US and Mexico and simply gave my take on the article above. You’re very good I just believe you are not the premier city in Ohio as inferred in the article. I don’t believe you’re the 6th most desirable place to live in the country and I think your mindset comes from an narrow isolated viewpoint on the other hand beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I take issue with the bogus article. It’s good you are happy in your little paradise as are many proud and loyal Columbus citizens undoubtedly are, I wish you all well …God Bless us all, and God Bless the USA!

    • traviscols

      And another thing…
      I still don’t understand why some people prefer to use and compare metro area statistics? Cincinnati’s metro area includes multiple counties in Indiana and Kentucky, and Cleveland’s metro area includes Akron. I think comparing city statistics is a much more fair way to look at things.
      And to play off of your above comment… Only a moron thinks that the State and University employ over 400,000 in our city.
      Get your facts straight, hater.

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