Nicknamed "The Arch City," Columbus is the capital of Ohio and the largest city in the state. Founded in 1812, Columbus was named for Christopher Columbus. It's one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest and continues to expand all the time. Come see what homes for rent in this vibrant city have to offer for your family.
"Buckeye fever" infects sports fans in the area, and the Ohio State University vs. Michigan football game showcases one of the greatest rivalries in sports every fall. The Columbus Clippers baseball team has a home at the Huntington Ballpark. In the winter, the Buckeyes basketball team is a major attraction. Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew and National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets also provide entertainment for sports fans in the area.
Annual events in Columbus include the famous Ohio State Fair, the Hot Times festival in the Olde Towne East neighborhood, and the Asian festival in Franklin Park.
With three million items in their collection, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has 22 locations in the area. The Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Jack Nicklaus museum also are located in Columbus. For those who are interested in renting a home in the Victorian Village neighborhood, The Kelton House is devoted to Victorian life.
Opera Columbus, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra provide entertainment for the music lover. In the German Village neighborhood, free performances of Shakespearean plays are available in the summer.
Columbus is dotted with reservoirs and parks that offer recreation and exercise opportunities in beautiful surroundings. Bike paths and greenways line the Scioto and Olentangy rivers.
Columbus has a varied and strong economy that includes industries in education, health care, retail, insurance and technology industries. Columbus' economy was rated the best in Ohio and among the top 10 overall in the U.S. by Policom Corp. The Columbus government is the largest employer in the region.
Skybus Airlines established their headquarters in Columbus in May 2007. Several airports serve the area, including Port Columbus International Airport and Rickenbacker International Airport.
Five insurance companies have established headquarters in Columbus. Several well-known retail companies, including Donatos Pizza and Wendy's, are based nearby. UPS has a large distribution center and Budweiser maintains a large brewery on the north side. A Fortune 500 company, Cardinal Health is expanding, which is expected to double employment in the nearby suburb of Dublin. A mortgage servicing unit for J.P. Morgan is also located in the city. Technology companies such as Microsoft, Compuserve, and Sterling Commerce have offices in Columbus as well.
Columbus has an extensive city school system, including 142 elementary, middle, and high schools for approximately 62,000 students. For higher learning opportunities, Columbus has a number of colleges, including Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, DeVry University, Ohio Institute of Health Careers, Franklin University, and the Columbus College of Art and Design.