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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
Nashville 36.3
Kansas City 37.4
Milwaukee 37.7
U.S. Average 37.9
Louisville 38.9
Pittsburgh 43.1
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 Millennials, 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 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

College / University Industrial Manufacturing Engineering Logistics IT
Adult and Community Education x x x x
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
American National University (formerly National College) x
Bradford School x
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County x x x
Central Ohio Technical College x x x x
Central Ohio Technical College - Knox Campus
Central Ohio Technical College - Pataskala Campus x
Clark State Community College (Classes at Ohio Hi Point and Bellefontaine High School)
Columbus Downtown High School & Career Center x x x x
Columbus State Community College x x x x x
Columbus State Community College - Bolton Field x x
Columbus State Community College - Delaware Campus x
Columbus State Community College - Dublin Center x
Columbus State Community College - Marysville Center
Columbus State Community College - Reynoldsburg
Columbus State Community College - SW Center at Grove City
Columbus State Community College - Westerville Center
Daymar College
Delaware Area Career Center - North Campus x x
Delaware Area Career Center - South Campus
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools - Eastland Career Center x x
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools - Fairfield Career Center x x x x x
Everest Institute x
Fortis College x x x
Knox County Career Center x x x x
Marion Technical College x x x x
Ohio Business College x
Ohio Hi Point Career Center x x x x
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center - Circleville Campus x x x x x
Roadmaster Truck Driving Institute
Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative - RAMTEC x x x
South-Western Career Technical Academy x x x x
Techskills Columbus (MyComputerCareer.com) x
The Computer Workshop Inc. x x x
The Electrical Trades Center x x
The Ohio Media School-Columbus
Tolles Career and Technical Center x x x x x
Tri-Rivers Career Center x x x
Tri-Rivers Career Center - Adult Healthcare Campus
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, 2010-2016

Metro Area Population Change
Indianapolis 5.9%
Kansas City 4.5%
Louisville 3.7%
Milwaukee 1%
Nashville 11.3%
Pittsburgh -0.6%
U.S. Average 4.5%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates, 2016

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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