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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Columbus, Ohio? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Columbus?
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The weather here is the best in all of Ohio. If you live in Northeast Ohio, you are constantly getting lake effect snow. In the spring, Columbus is gorgeous. A 50 degree and rainy day in Cleveland is a 65 degree and sunny day in Columbus. There are flowers everywhere. All of Columbus is an extremely safe area with no natural disasters. The last one I remember is a tornado a decade ago. The winters are pretty bad, but the roads are always clear. The autumns are too pretty for words - the leaves are colorful and bright. The weather here always reminds you of what time of year it is - and I simply love that.I have never experienced crime here nor do I know anyone who has. The thing I like about Columbus is that it's not exactly a "city" nor is it a "suburb." It's a really safe, kid-friendly community. The cops here crack me always see them trying to pull someone over for "speeding" or "passing up a stop sign." They get bored because there's not much to do. The worst crime I've heard about here is a kid drinking underage. So, you'll be pretty safe here. However, if you plan on living in downtown Columbus, I wouldn't try to start anything. Yes, there are crimes everywhere in the world but I've never heard of too much going on here.The best part to live in Columbus is in near the Easton Town Center. It's beautiful there. There are so many places to dine and shop. The people who live in this area are predominately white and wealthy, but it's near the city so it's quite diverse. The homes in this area may be a bit overpriced. Jefferson Village is a development with really expensive homes but it's a 10 minute drive from all the hot-spots in Columbus. Downtown Columbus is gorgeous, and living here can be cheap but it's not always the safest which is why you need to do your research. University Heights is generally a safe area, but know where you are going or you might find danger. Generally speaking, Columbus is a safe, clean and polite place to live. The people here are nice and the houses look like they should be in LA.The people here tend to be family people, with good jobs. Columbus is part city part suburb, and even the capitol of Ohio, so you will find all sorts of people here. While it is a family-friendly place, there are plenty of opportunities for young and old single people. There are so many parts to Columbus truly anyone can fit in here. If you find a place you can afford, you will pretty much be set. The people here may not have southern hospitality, but they aren't cynical city people. They are great people to be around.
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Easton Mall is the best mall in all of Ohio. It makes me feel like I'm in New York City, it has the best shops.Brio is my favorite restaurant for italian food and Pistacia Vera is my favorite place to go for sweets.Advocates for the arts and sports. You will get a great education here and they have connections with many universities.Plenty! There are many clubs, bars and activities in the city.
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There are no noise sources night I can hear the crickets through my window! It's so peaceful here.Columbus is way safer than places like Cleveland or Akron. Cleveland is also a tourist hot spot for people, but there isn't much to do in terms of activities, shopping and dining. In Cleveland and Akron, the things that you can do aren't of that much quality and get old fast. In Columbus, I am always discovering new things. It's clean and safe. When I walk around in Akron or Cleveland, I feel dirty and like something's going to happen to me.The Columbus Community hospital is amazing. My best friend had ACL surgery here and recovered fast with great service.Easton Town Center has great shops and restaurants and it's a can't miss if you are in Columbus.
General comments   
I love going to Columbus because there is a lot to do. Columbus Zoo is truly one of the best zoos I have ever been to. There are the cutest and most unique shops - there is even a place called Pistacia Vera that specializes in macaroons! (located in German village) Columbus makes me feel optimistic about things, I always know I will have a great day here.   
Columbus, Ohio population: 787033

How many black people live in Columbus? How many white people?
Number of White People483677Percentage of White people61.5%
Number of Black People237077Percentage of Black people30.1%
Number of Hispanic People49868Percentage of Hispanic people6.3%
Number of Asian People39089Percentage of Asian people5%
Number of American Indian People8353Percentage of American Indian people1.1%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Columbus, Ohio

Percent college grads: 31.9%
Percent grad school grads: 10.4%
Unemployment rate: 8.9
Median house value: 138700
Median income: 43122

How many singles in Columbus?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
82768773471.07men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
24696268570.92men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
21496265690.81men for each woman

Crimes in Columbus, Ohio
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault14320%1%
Auto Theft41501%3%

Weather History for Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0006152455759920
How many days and how much precipitation and snow for Columbus, Ohio?

Number of days of rain
(.1 inch or greater)
total rainfallNumber of days of snow
(.5 inch or greater)
Total snowfall
Average year7839627
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year015802742414419943

How many hot humid days a year does Columbus, Ohio have?
How many cloudy days a year does Columbus, Ohio have?
How many sunny days a year does Columbus, Ohio have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Columbus, Ohio have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year792018110064783985158

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.