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Columbus, the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: The population of Columbus, OH is estimated to be around 892,533 people. People love living in Columbus because of its diverse culture, vibrant nightlife, and abundance of outdoor activities. There are plenty of activities for residents in Columbus, such as visiting the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, exploring the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and attending events at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. The weather in Columbus is generally mild, with hot summers and cold winters. The average cost of living for a family in Columbus is around $3,000 per month. The cost of a three bedroom home in Columbus is around $200,000, while a four bedroom home is around $250,000. The best neighborhoods to live in Columbus are German Village, Clintonville, and Grandview Heights. These neighborhoods offer a variety of amenities, such as great restaurants, parks, and shopping. They are also close to downtown Columbus, making them convenient for commuters.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Columbus, they said:

"Before retiring in Columbus, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is slightly higher than the national average. They should also research the city's climate, which is generally mild with hot summers and cold winters. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the city's public transportation system, which includes buses, light rail, and a bike-share program. It is also important to research the city's cultural attractions, such as its museums, galleries, and performing arts venues. Finally, expats should consider the city's healthcare options, which include a variety of hospitals and clinics," wrote one member in Columbus.

"The area is undergoing a negative shift in the local economy. The lower income areas are growing rapidly. People who have the opportunity are trying to move farther away from central Ohio. Public transportation is not easy to large portions of Franklin County making owning a car extremely important. Because of gas prices, of lower incomes can no longer get to work if they are not on the public bus and close to a bus stop. There is also growing crime at these bus stops making them unsafe in many areas," remarked one expat who made the move to Columbus.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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