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Columbus, the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 28, 2023

Summary: People describe Columbus, United States as a vibrant, diverse city with a strong sense of community. Expats love the city's affordability, its friendly people, and its many cultural attractions. The weather in Columbus is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s in the winter to the mid-80s in the summer. The average cost of living for an expat is relatively low, with the cost of living index estimated at around 90. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Columbus is typically around $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $1,200 to $1,500 per month. The population of Columbus is estimated to be around 892,533 people.

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What do I need to know about living in Columbus?

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 who made the move to Columbus.

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What do I need to know before moving to Columbus?

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.

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

"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 who made the move to Columbus.

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What is the average cost of housing in Columbus?

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...," explained one expat living in Columbus, US.

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How do I meet people in Columbus?

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," added another expat who made the move to Columbus.

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Will I be able to find a job in Columbus?

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," commented one expat who made the move to Columbus.

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What is life like in Columbus?

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," said another expat in Columbus.

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

"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," added another 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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