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Columbus

Columbus is the capital of Ohio and its most populous city with a total metropolitan population of over 1.8 million people. Columbus spans an area of 223.11 square miles and has been ranked one of the “50 Best Cities in America” by BusinessWeek magazine. Columbus is the site of Ohio State University, one of the largest U.S. university campuses.

Columbus Real Estate

The median list price for housing sold in Columbus is $107,900, up 3.7 percent from the previous year. Single family homes made up 69.7 percent of total sales, followed by condos at 17.7 percent and other housing at 12.6 percent. The median home size is 1,289 square feet and the average year Columbus homes were built was 1968. The average property tax is $2,314.

Architecture

Several Columbus landmarks are a combination of historical commemoration and architectural interest. Columbus Club represents the French Second Empire style, while other historic residences such as the governor's official residence was built in the style of Jacobethan Revival. Places of worship often demonstrate the Gothic Revival style, and prominent government and commercial buildings were inspired by Romanesque Revival.

Climate

Columbus has a transitional climate that ranges between humid continental and humid subtropical. It experiences dry winters at an average of twenty degrees in January, and humid summers at around high seventies to mid-eighties in July. Columbus experiences typical Midwest region severe weather conditions, including thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes.

Demographics

The metropolitan area of Columbus has a total population of 1,858,464. In the city of Columbus, 75.9 percent of the population lives in homes without children while 24.1 percent are in homes with children. The largest age group is the 20s at 21 percent of the population. The median household income is $37,897 compared the a national median of $44,512.

Main Attractions

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden has 88 acres of gardens both inside and outside. Its event calendar is active year-round and revolves around seasonally-blooming plants. The Center of Science and Industry is a large museum with over 100,000 square feet of exhibits, as well as the Ohio State University's Labs in Life. The Santa Maria is a replica of Christopher Columbus' famous boat and features tours offering perspectives into the experiences of sailors as well as the voyage's historic implications.

Transportation

The streets of Columbus follow a traditional grid pattern. The city infrastructure provides ample accessibility to pedestrians with several skywalks between commercial buildings. Columbus is also very bicycle-friendly with its flat landscape, off-road bicycle routes, and large student population. Central Ohio Transit Authority runs the city-wide municipal bus service.

Economy

Columbus houses four U.S. Fortune 500 companies and has a very diverse economy. The government is the largest single employer in the capital city, but the extreme diversification of industries helped shield Columbus from the 2008 financial collapse. The city has a strong emphasis on education, particularly with regards to research in health and technological sciences. It also supports insurance, banking, food, defense, and several other industries.The metropolitan GDP in 2011 was $94.7 billion.