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


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 36.1
Kansas City 37.1
Louisville 38.9
Milwaukee 37.7
Nashville 36.5
Pittsburgh 43.0
U.S. 37.8
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-year estimates, 2015

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

Top 10 Metros for Millennials, Ages 25-34

Rank Metro Percent of Population
1 Austin 17.23%
2 Salt Lake City 16.3%
3 San Diego 16.23%
4 Seattle 16.18%
5 Denver 16.12%
6 San Francisco 15.93%
7 Virginia Beach 15.47%
9 Los Angeles 15.38%
10 New Orleans 15.25%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-year estimates, 2015


With nearly 60 colleges and universities, the Region boasts one of the highest concentrations of college students in the U.S., totaling more than 136,000 students.

Columbus Career and Technical Schools

A = Programs for adults; HS = Programs for high school students
Adult and Community Education (Columbus City Schools) A A A A A A A A
American Institute of Alternative Medicine A A
American School of Technology A A A A
Aveda Institute A
Bradford School A A A
Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) HS HS, A HS HS, A HS, A HS, A HS, A HS, A HS, A
Chamberlain College of Nursing A
Daymar College A A A A A A
Delaware Area Career Center HS HS HS, A HS HS, A HS, A HS, A HS
Dental Assistant Pro A
DeVry University A A A A
DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management A A A A
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools HS HS HS HS, A HS HS, A HS, A HS, A HS, A
Everest Institute A A A
Fortis College A A A A A
Harrison College A A A A
Heritage College A A
Hondros College A
ITT Technical Institute A A A A A
Knox County Career Center HS HS HS, A HS, A HS, A HS A HS, A
Miami-Jacobs Career College A A A A
My Computer Career / TechSkills A A
National College A A A
Ohio Business College A A A A
Ohio Center for Broadcasting A
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center HS HS HS, A HS, A HS HS, A HS, A A HS, A
Ohio State College of Barber Styling A
Paul Mitchell The Schools Columbus A
Per Scholas A
Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center HS HS HS, A HS HS, A HS HS, A
Regency Beauty Institute A
Salon Schools A
Tolles Career and Technical Center HS HS, A HS HS, A HS HS, A HS, A HS, A HS, A
Tri-Rivers Career Center HS HS HS, A HS HS, A HS, A HS, A
Source: National Center for Education Statistics 2015 Enrollment, Columbus Business First, Columbus 2020


Columbus is the 15th 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, 2010-2015

Metro Area Population Change
Indianapolis 5.1%
Kansas City 3.7%
Louisville 3.3%
Milwaukee 1.2%
Nashville 9.2%
Pittsburgh -0.2%
U.S. 3.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates, 2015

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, 2010-2015

Metro Area Job Growth
Indianapolis 13.65%
Kansas City 9.93%
Louisville 12.71%
Milwaukee 6.91%
Nashville 22.95%
Pittsburgh 4.77%
U.S. 13.17%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, 2015
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