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Columbus regularly receives recognition from a wide variety of list-making publications. We write about some of the most noteworthy lists, below.

Columbus Ranked as #19 Most Competitive Metro

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New Geography has a new post about data compiled by EMSI that lists the Most Competitive US Metro Areas Since 2010, and Columbus clocks in at a healthy #19. This study takes a look at job change from 2010 to 2012, industry mix, the relation to national economic growth and other quantitative factors. The only […]

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Columbus Named a Smart21 Community for Second Year in a Row

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The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has named Columbus as one of their top 21 smart communities of the world for the second year in a row (Columbus appeared on the list for the first time in 2011). Other cities to receive this recognition this year include Rio de Janeiro, Toronto and Jiading New City, China. ICF exists to […]

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Columbus Ranked #1 Best City for Working Moms

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If you’re a working mom living in Columbus, then take note: you’ve got it better than anyone else in the country according to a new national ranking from Forbes.com. The publication just compiled a new annual list of The Best Cities For Working Mothers and our city topped the list. Here’s why, according to the […]

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Columbus Ranked as 10th for Cities Where Paychecks Stretch Furthest

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Here’s something I bet you’ve heard before: Columbus is an affordable place to live. Joel Kotkin at New Geography reasserted this mantra once again with a new listing of cities where “paychecks stretch the furthest”. Their research takes a look at average annual wages of major US cities, and then adjusts for cost of living. […]

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Columbus Ranked as 8th Best City for Tech Jobs

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New Geography’s Joel Kotkin has published another piece on tech jobs in the United States and Columbus has once again placed strongly at the 8 spot on the list (though we were #3 on the list last year). Some of the commentary that Kotkin provides adds some of his reasons as to why Columbus does […]

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Columbus Ranks #22 on List of Best Large Cities for Jobs in 2012

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NewGeography.com has compiled their annual listing of best American cities for jobs, and Columbus ranks in 22nd place on the list of large cities, down 3 spots from last year’s ranking. The scoring system used in the study has a methodology that weighs employment growth trends both long term and short term from data collected […]

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COTA Leads the US in Transit Ridership Growth in 2011

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A new report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) was released today which shows that ridership increases at the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) led the nation in 2011 in terms of large bus transit agencies. COTA’s ridership grew over the previous year by 10.2 percent. “This is a significant achievement,” says new COTA […]

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