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Columbus, the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Columbus, United States: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Columbus?

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

"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," added another expat in Columbus.

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What do I need to know before moving to Columbus?

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

"Contact me! Seriously. I am working in a mortgage company (www.americanhm.com). I can advise, as best I can, or at least confer with one of the Loan Officers and endless list of Realtors we have," remarked another expat who made the move to Columbus.

What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Columbus?

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"Bungalow style; ground floor house with finished basement. No, this is not usual. Depending on what your financial situation is you can do very well," remarked another expat living in Columbus, US.

What is the average cost of housing in Columbus?

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If you are thinking about moving to Columbus, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Lower, I feel. You get more for your money as space is not so limited. Average costs: our mortgage is $1,100. That's for 3bdrm, 1bthrm, acreage...," added another expat in Columbus.

How do I meet people in Columbus?

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When we asked people living in Columbus about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Franklin County Metro Parks, meetup.com, volunteer and arts sections of Columbus Sunday Dispatch," remarked another expat living in Columbus, US.

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Will I be able to find a job in Columbus?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Columbus, they reponded:

"The biggest single employers are Ohio State University, city, and county governments. Good paying jobs are much harder to find. Lower income employers like gas stations and restuarnts have a harder time finding workers who can provide their own transportation," remarked another expat who made the move to Columbus.

What is life like in Columbus?

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When we asked people living in Columbus what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"The culture is very fragmented. Most neighbors prefer little or no contact with other neighbors. Very few families are staying together. Sports is more and more limited to people of better incomes. Many people to theatres alone," commented one expat who made the move to Columbus.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Columbus accepting of differences?

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"Many foriegners are shocked by the culture when they arrived. Churches are nothing more than very artificial once or twice a week get-to-gethers. It is not whether you will be accepted. It is more like no one could care less. The numbers of people pouring through mental health service agencies are staggering," said another expat in 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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