2010: 787,033, #15 in U.S., #1 in Ohio

1950: 375,901, #28 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,836,536, #32 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 503,410, #36 in U.S.

Unlike most other large cities in the Midwest and Northeast, Columbus has been growing for the past 60 years, as the city annexed much of the land that surrounded it.


Columbus, in the middle of the state, was established in 1812 to be the state capital. It is located at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers. Battelle Riverfront Park is along the river, and the Scioto Mile riverfront park opened in July 2011. Columbus State Community College is just east of downtown.


Tallest building: Rhodes State Office Tower, 629 feet (1973)

List of tallest buildings

There is an observation area on the 41st floor of the Rhodes State Office Tower, across the street from the Ohio Statehouse (1857).


Columbus has no downtown department stores. The Lazarus store in the City Center mall closed in 2004, and the Macy's store in the mall closed in 2007. The mall itself, which had opened in 1989, was closed in 2009.


Amtrak has no service to Columbus.


The Columbus Museum of Art and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) are located downtown.

Downtown Columbus and Scioto River


Downtown Columbus has no movie theaters. The Ohio Theater (1928) and Palace Theater (1926) are restored movie palaces that now present a variety of concerts, touring Broadway shows, and special events. The Ohio Theater is home of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Opera Columbus plays at the Southern Theatre (1896).

The Contemporary American Theatre Company is also downtown.


The Columbus Clippers, Triple-A International League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, play at Huntington Park (2009), in the Arena District, just north of downtown. The NHL Columbus Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena (2000), in the Arena District.

Map of Downtown Columbus

Convention and Visitors Bureau