Planning to move? Look no further. Columbus is the ultimate city of your dreams. 

The 14th largest city of America, Columbus is best known for its kind people with their Midwest “niceness” and its green spaces. It is booming with an array of activities, culture, and- wait for it -unreal food scene. Let’s walk you through all the reasons Columbus is up-there in our list of best-cities-to-live-in:

1. Doused in Potential

Columbus is famous for its business, resources, and talent. Some of the biggest food, technology, and fashion industries are located here. It is home to the headquarters of companies such as Honda, L Brands, Huntington Bancshares, National Mutual Insurance, and many more.

Founded in 1812, Columbus has continued to see an aspiring amount of growth. The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the country, drives in young professionals and bright students from all over the world. Downtown Columbus houses other famous universities like Ohio University, Denison University, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, University of Dayton, and Wittenberg University. 

Having been voted 13th out the top 25 cities to get a job in, Columbus manages to provide growth opportunities to young, ambitious entrepreneurs that continue to raise the bar of businesses. The thriving technology sector also allows young individuals to think out of the box and explore their creativity, making it an exciting place to live in.

2. Thriving Food Scene

Ever heard about the Midwest hospitality and wondered how people in Columbians manage to stay so happy? Food is their constant motivation!

In 2014, Forbes listed Central Ohio as the “Number One City in America to Make Your Mark.” This is because of the booming population of sophisticated and creative individuals that make Columbus their own. Home to around 25 craft breweries, it is safe to say that Columbians love to have a good time. The Craft Beer Festival held every year is a paradise for all the beer enthusiasts interested in tasting some of the delicious local beers.

The endless lines of bars, cafes, and restaurants are sure to attract. You can find Indian, Chinese, South American, Cuban, and Middle Eastern cuisine all over the city, so don’t worry; Columbus has a place for everyone. Food festivals like Festival Latino, the India Festival, the Asian Festival, the Italian Festival, and Grandview’s famous Digfest are all places that promise authentic cuisines and scrumptious bites.

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3. Perfect for All Those History Junkies

A major hub of museums and art, Columbus hosts the most beautiful art exhibitions open to filmmakers, photographers, performing artists, and all those in the creative field.

The Columbus Museum of Art is flooded with beautiful collections of art, sculptures, and roadshows that never fail to entertain. Furthermore, the Centre of Science and Industry is another sought-after attraction that has been named the number 1 science museum in the 2020 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest. 

To learn more about Ohio’s rich history, book a bus tour that will take you to some of the most iconic museums in the neighborhood, such as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, The Ohio Railway Museum, and The Central Ohio Fire Museum.

4. Arts and Theatre

Columbus is famous for the best local theatre and dance companies in America, such as The Columbus Theatre that is known for hosting the best shows of Broadway. These include Kinky Boots, The Sound of Music, and Beauty and the Beast. 

Not into non-traditional local theaters? That’s okay- as we said, Columbus has a place for everyone. Shadow Box Live consists of a group of local performers who draw attention to hushed stories and values. The Funny Bone is another super entertaining group of comedians who heal with the best medicine on Earth- laughter.  

Columbus is also home to BalletMet, a top-notch ballet company that continues to evolve and restructure traditional ballet. More into contemporary ballet? Check out the Columbus Moving Company that is attracting national attention once you move.

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5. Must-Visit for Music Lovers

As the heart of Ohio, Columbus attracts aspiring and professional artists who can’t help but fall in love with its thriving music scene. 

Brother’s Drake, Skully’s, the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, A&R Music Bar, Rumba Café, and Newport Music Hall are all popular spots that house some of the most famous artists from around the country. It is also an excellent place for those musicians looking to be found.

You can find thriving local performances at the Columbus Underground that stages new artists every weekend and ensures a great spot at some of the summers’ spiciest festivals.

6. Breath Taking Views

Love watching sunsets? There are multiple spots in Columbus that allow you to just sit with your partner or family, munch on some street food, and watch the beautiful colors of the sunset adorn the sky.

Scioto River is a beautiful spot that overlooks the water and provides a park for your kids to entertain themselves in. You can see the colors of the sky at different times of the day being reflected in the water- it is a magical experience. 

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Children’s Garden is another gorgeous place that consists of a brand-new 2-acre interactive lawn displaying art and features from around the state. People who admire design, architecture, and greenery will never want to leave this place. 

7. A Fitness Palace

Inhabited by enthusiastic and motivated young people, Columbus hosts a variety of fitness events for those who want to break a sweat. Thank Yoga, TITLE Boxing Club, and TGM are just a few places that will help you get back on track and achieve your fitness goals.

If you are fond of running, the Columbus Running Company is the place to visit. It will solve all your queries and provide you with an array of running events that you will be itching to take part in.

Not too interested in traditional forms of fitness? No problem! Columbus is known for its gold courses in the whole of the United States. ZipZone and SkyZone are the two most famous places that will provide you with a set of more relaxed fitness activities that you don’t have to break a leg to master. 

Looking to Move?

If you think you can handle Columbus’s brilliant culture of community, creativity, technology, and non-stop growth, find your dream home TODAY.

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