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Memorial Hall, Columbus, OH, 1908
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Columbus, OH

Class: Big city
Class rank: 4

One of several state capitals on our list, Columbus isn't a magnet for people seeking the high life. Yet the city is well-grounded with a low rate of unemployment and growth over the past decade. Support is strong for arts, museums and the library system.



Combined college enrollment: 64,104

Population: 711,470
Population change, 1990-2000: 12.40%

Median age: 30.6
(National: 35.3)

Per capita income: $20,450
(National: $21,587)

Unemployment rate: 2.4%
(National: 4.0%)

Owner-occupied housing: 45.3%

Public library expenditures, per capita: $74.90

Community profiles:
Columbus
Columbus demographics

College profiles:
Ohio State University
Franklin University
Capital University
Devry Institute of Technology
Ohio Dominican College
Columbus College of Art and Design
Pontifical College Josephinum

Notes:
1. All figures are for the years 1999-2000.
2. Combined enrollment figures are for the four-year colleges included in this survey.
3. Unemployment rates are an annual average.
4. Per-capita income and unemployment rates are county-level statistics.

For more on the sources and statistics used in this study, see methodology.


TOP-RANKED COLLEGE TOWNS
BY COMMUNITY SIZE
BIG CITIES
1 Boston-Cambridge, MA
2 Minneapolis, MN
3 Denver, CO
4 Columbus, OH
5 Seattle, WA
6 Atlanta, GA
7 Austin, TX
8 Washington, DC
9 Cincinnati, OH
10 Saint Louis, MO
MEDIUM-SIZED CITIES
1 Columbia, SC
2 Tallahassee, FL
3 Madison, WI
4 Urbana-Champaign, IL
5 Ann Arbor, MI
6 Berkeley, CA
7 Athens, GA
8 Fort Collins, CO
9 New Haven, CT
10 Provo, UT
SMALL CITIES
1 Charlottesville, VA
2 Bozeman, MT
3 Hays, KS
4 Boulder, CO
5 Missoula, MT
6 Manhattan, KS
7 Burlington, VT
8 Bismarck, ND
9 Iowa City, IA
10 Chapel Hill, NC
TOWNS
1 Hanover, NH
2 Princeton, NJ
3 Brookings, SD
4 Middlebury, VT
5 Durango, CO
6 Bronxville, NY
7 Menomonie, WI
8 Oneonta, NY
9 Rolla, MO
10 Conway, SC


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