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Columbus: Leading the Midwest in Economic Growth

The Columbus Region—a thriving 11-county area in Central Ohio—is home to 2.2 million people and is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the Midwest. Since 2010, the Region has led the Midwest’s largest metros in job, population and GDP growth. Home of the world’s most recognizable brands—Scotts, Express, JPMorgan Chase, Nationwide, Abercrombie & Fitch—innovative small businesses and powerhouse research and academic institutions, the Region has experienced strong economic growth, ensuring a vibrant future for people and companies of Central Ohio.


Columbus: Central Location Provides Access to North American Market

The Columbus Region—a thriving 11-county area in Central Ohio—is one of the most dynamic and diverse metropolitan regions in the U.S. Centrally positioned in the Midwestern state of Ohio, between Chicago and New York City, the Columbus Region’s strategic location puts it within a 10-hour drive of 47 percent of the U.S. population, giving it greater access to the U.S. market than any other major metro. The state capital of Ohio, Columbus is a major logistics hub, and boasts a high concentration of fashion designers, retail innovators, manufacturers and colleges and universities. More than 450 internationally-owned companies employ nearly 60,000 people in the Columbus Region.

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