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Workforce and Demographics

Overview

The Columbus Region’s workforce is highly educated, diverse and young, with one of the nation’s highest concentrations of millennials.

Young

Columbus Region residents have access to one of the nation’s highest concentrations of educational institutions, while innovative companies and a high quality of life attract bright young minds from around the world. The result is a uniquely young and educated talent pool.

Median Age

Metro Area Median Age
Indianapolis 36.3
Kansas City 37.4
Louisville 38.9
Milwaukee 37.7
Nashville 36.3
Pittsburgh 43.1
U.S. Average 37.9
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-year estimates, 2016

The Columbus Region is home to the 8th highest concentration of millennials among major U.S. metros.

Top 10 Metros for Millennial Concentration, Ages 25-34

Rank Metro Percent of Population
1 Austin 17.3%
2 San Diego 16.4%
3 Seattle 16.4%
4 Salt Lake City 16.3%
5 Denver 16.3%
6 San Francisco 16.1%
7 San Jose 15.7%
9 Los Angeles 15.5%
10 Virginia Beach 15.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-year estimates, 2016

Educated 

With 52 college and university campuses, the Region boasts one of the highest concentrations of college students in the U.S., totaling more than 134,000 students.

Columbus Career and Technical Schools

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School Location Back Office Engineering Industrial IT Logistics
Adult & Community Education (Columbus City Schools) Columbus X X X X X
American National University (formerly National College) Columbus X X X X
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County Newark X X
Central Ohio Technical College Newark X X X X
Central Ohio Technical College - Pataskala Campus Reynoldsburg X
Clark State Community College (Classes at Ohio Hi Point and Bellefontaine High School) Bellefontaine X X X X X
Columbus Downtown High School & Career Center Columbus X X X X
Columbus State Community College Columbus X X X X X
Columbus State Community College - Bolton Field Columbus X X
Columbus State Community College - Delaware Campus Delaware X X
Columbus State Community College - Dublin Center Dublin X
Daymar College Columbus X
Delaware Area Career Center - North Campus Delaware X
Delaware Area Career Center - South Campus Delaware X X
DeVry University - Columbus Columbus X X X X X
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools - Eastland Career Center Groveport X X X X
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools - Fairfield Career Center Carroll X X X
Fortis College Westerville X X
Franklin University Columbus X X X X
Franklin University - Delaware Center Delaware X
Franklin University - Dublin Center Dublin X
Franklin University - Gahanna Center Gahanna X
Harrison College Grove City X X
Hondros College Westerville
Indiana Wesleyan University Hilliard X X
Knox County Career Center Mount Vernon X X X
Marion Technical College Marion X X X X
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon X X X X
Ohio Business College Hilliard X X
Ohio Christian University Circleville X X X X
Ohio Dominican University Columbus X X X X X
Ohio Hi Point Career Center Bellefontaine X X X X
Ohio University - Lancaster Lancaster X X X X
Ohio University - Pickerington Center Pickerington X
Park University - DSCC Whitehall X X X X
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center - Circleville Campus Circleville X X X X
Roadmaster Truck Driving Institute Columbus X
Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) Marion X X
South-Western Career Technical Academy Grove City X X X
Techskills Columbus (MyComputerCareer.com) Columbus X
The Computer Workshop Inc. Dublin X X
The Electrical Trades Center Grandview X
The Ohio State University - Marion Marion X X X
The Ohio State University - Newark Newark X
Tolles Career and Technical Center Plain City X X X X
Tri-Rivers Career Center Marion X X
Tri-Rivers Career Center - Adult Healthcare Campus Marion X X X
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Columbus 2020
Rankings

Growing

Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States, the Columbus Region continues to grow and is now the fastest growing major metro in the Midwest. The Region’s population is 2.1 million with 1 million potential workforce contributors. And it’s growing:

Population Growth, 2010-2017

Metro Area Population Change
Indianapolis 7.2%
Kansas City 5.7%
Louisville 4.6%
Milwaukee 1.3%
Nashville 13.6%
Pittsburgh -1%
U.S. Average 5.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates, 2017

Central Ohio is expected to grow by more than 500,000 people by 2050. To develop objective analytics that can assist in evaluating and preparing for the impacts of the future growth and development, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus 2020 and ULI Columbus retained the services of Calthorpe Associates, one of the nation’s most experienced planning firms. The result is insight2050, a collaborative initiative to help communities proactively plan for development and population growth over the next 30 years.

Drivers of that growth include affordability and job growth:

Private Sector Job Growth, 2010-2016

Metro Area Job Growth
Indianapolis 16.8%
Kansas City 12.9%
Louisville 16.1%
Milwaukee 8%
Nashville 28.3%
Pittsburgh 5%
U.S. Average 13.2%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, 2016
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