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Regional Overview


The Region of the Future

The 11-county Columbus Region is one of the most dynamic and diverse metropolitan regions in the U.S. Centrally located between Chicago and New York, the Columbus Region boasts the greatest market access of any major metro—with 46 percent of the U.S. population within a 10-hour drive.

Columbus is one of the country’s growth leaders and No. 1 among the Midwest’s 10 largest metros in multiple categories:

The Region offers many advantages for businesses and residents—from its strategic location to an affordable cost of living.

A 3D Economy

The Columbus Region is home to a population of 2.1 million, and a potential workforce of 1 million. The Region boasts one of the youngest and most-educated populations: the median age is 35.8 and more than 36 percent of residents hold a bachelor’s degree. The Region boasts one of the highest concentrations of college students in the nation, and one of the highest populations of millennials.

The Columbus Region’s economy is as diverse as its population. In fact, no single industry sector represents more than 18 percent of employment, resulting in an exceptionally stable economy.

Jobs in the Region reflect a variety of industries and business advantages benefit companies across sectors, from affordable office space to a strong research community.

Quick Facts

  • 2.1 Million People

  • 17 Fortune 1000 Headquarters

  • 5 Fortune 500 Headquarters

  • 302 Foreign-Owned Establishments

  • 8th Highest Concentration of Millennials in the U.S.

  • 52 College and University Campuses