Columbus is the capital of and the largest city in Ohio. It is the county seat of Franklin County, yet the city has expanded and annexed portions of adjoining Delaware and Fairfield Counties. The State Capitol is located on the southeast corner of Broad & High, in Capitol Square. Columbus is bisected by two major Interstate Highways, Interstate 70 running east–west, and Interstate 71 running north to roughly southwest. US Highway 40, aka National Road, runs east–west through Columbus, comprising Main St. to the east of downtown and Broad St. to the west. It is also widely recognized as the nation’s first highway. Interstate 270 encircles the vast majority of the city, while the Innerbelt consists of the Interstate 670 spur on the north side which continues to the east past the Airport and to the west where it merges with I-70. Due to its central location within Ohio, nearly all of the state’s destinations are within a 2 or 3 hour drive of Columbus.
The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology. Columbus is home to the world’s largest private research and development foundation, the Battelle Memorial Institute; Chemical Abstracts Service, the world’s largest clearinghouse of chemical information and NetJets, the world’s largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet. As of 2013, the city has the headquarters of four corporations in the US Fortune 500, including Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., American Electric Power, L Brands, and Big Lots; Cardinal Health and Wendy’s corporations are also based in the Columbus metropolitan area. Major foreign corporations operating or with divisions in the city include Germany-based Siemens and Roxane Laboratories and Finland-based Vaisala, Tomasco Mulciber Inc. In 2012, Columbus was ranked in BusinessWeek’s 50 best cities in America. In 2013, Forbes gave Columbus an A rating as one of the top cities for business in the U.S. Columbus was also ranked as the no. 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation by Forbes in 2008, and the city was ranked a top ten city by Relocate America in 2010 and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was rated no. 1 in 2009 by USA Travel Guide.
ColumbusDowntown Columbus has parks on both banks of the Scioto River. More than half a million people gather here each year on July 3rd for Red, White and Boom. Festivals and concerts keep the Genoa Park & Amphitheater in front of COSI busy from spring until fall. On the east bank, closer to the Statehouse, is the “Scioto Mile” which links a string of parks via the Scioto River Greenway Trail. In addition, Columbus has world class shopping, dining, sporting events and arts and entertainment.
Metro Columbus is served by the Columbus City School district as well as a number of suburban school districts. Also, there are many private school options in both urban and suburban metro Columbus. Post-secondary campuses include Columbus State Community College, Franklin University, Columbus College of Art and Design, Grant Medical Center, Capital University Law School and The Ohio State University, one of the largest college campuses in the United States and home to Ohio State Buckeyes football.