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Get to know Columbus

“Columbus is a town in which almost anything is likely to happen and in which almost everything has,” wrote native son James Thurber. It’s true that Columbus, in its own unassuming way, has grown into a great metropolis, with something for almost everyone. Columbus is Ohio’s state capital and is also the center of Buckeye pride. Columbus is home to The Ohio State University, the state’s flagship, and the Buckeyes are a college football powerhouse. This is a town that roars on game day and if you hear someone yelling O-H, better yell back I-O. But Columbus is much more than football and the university. It’s also thriving economically, home to multinational and Fortune 500 headquarters, a flourishing tech scene with both outposts of established companies and an expanding start-up culture, and a strong manufacturing sector. Greater Columbus comprises ten counties, which includes farmland, quaint villages, lakefront living, planned communities, traditional suburbs, and grand exurbs.

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Columbus Commerce & Culture

Central Ohio is home to many colleges in addition to The Ohio State University, including Denison and Kenyon. The city’s alter ego as a college town guarantees a certain standard of independent bookstores and art house theaters, including the iconic Book Loft. A most unusual bookstore, The Book Loft is a labyrinth of 32 rooms, stretching the length of the entire block. Columbus also has a great music scene, with venues big and small, and a vibrant arts community, including the Columbus Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Short North Arts District. Abercrombie and Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, and Hollister are all headquartered in Columbus, so there’s no shortage of mainstream shopping here. Easton Town Center, with almost 300 stores, is a pioneer in the newest version of the open-air shopping center, clustering upscale retail, restaurants, and green spaces in a town-like layout.