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Best Cities 2010: Columbus, OH

City: Columbus

State: Ohio

Best Cities Overall Rank: 61

About Columbus:

Columbus has plenty of learning opportunities with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and the Franklin Park Conservatory. The city also has fun all over with the Zoombezi Bay water park and cultural festivals that are offered all summer.

Columbus has 45 NAEYC-Accredited preschools and a total of $14,995 expenditure per student. The city also boasts 11,889 acres of parkland, putting Columbus at 65 for overall recreation rank.

County: Franklin

Population: 754,885

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Columbus Dispatch 

Columbus blogs:

The E-Team

The Bag Lady

From the Newsroom to the Family Room

Columbus's Facebook page: Follow Columbus on Facebook 

Columbus's Twitter page: Follow Columbus on Twitter 


Education rank: 40

High School graduation rate 2008: 73.9%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.38

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 45

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 5.96

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 269

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 18.7

Total Expenditures Per Student: $14,995


Health rank: 51

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.13

Quality Pediatricians: 3

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.4

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 64

Violent Crimes, 2008: 5,821

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 771.11

Sex Offenders: 1,837

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 243.35


Economy rank: 73           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 20.7             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.8           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1009.56

Median Home Sale Price: $121,200                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -1.98%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 32.48%           


Recreation Rank:  37

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 11,899           

Parkland per 100,000: 1,576.27