The best places to live in Columbus

From lush tree-lined neighbourhoods to bustling city locations, Columbus has a diverse mix of areas and suburbs to offer new arrivals. 

Finding a new place to call home is a process that's different for everyone, but finding somewhere to begin among the wide range of choices can be the trickiest part. To jumpstart the search, we recommend considering the areas and suburbs below.

City living in Columbus

Downtown ColumbusDowntown

New arrivals in Columbus will find the heartbeat of the city in its thriving Downtown area. Those who choose to make this area home will never be short of things to see and do, whether the night calls for cocktails with a view or attending a performance at one of the many theatres in the area. 

In most parts of Columbus, cars are a necessity but Downtown is the notable exception to this. Every amenity a person could need is within walking or cycling distance – especially for the many working in the Downtown area who will have the rare privilege of skipping weekday traffic.

Italian Village

As the name suggests, this area has a strong Italian heritage and those with similar roots will certainly feel at home here. Italian Village is made up of narrow brick streets and beautiful old buildings. Much of the housing in this area is in the form of townhouses.

The vibrant nightlife and eclectic restaurant scene of Italian Village are big drawcards for the young professionals who make up most of this area's population.

Family-friendly areas in Columbus

Dublin, OhioDublin

With its peaceful suburban atmosphere and excellent public schools, Dublin is a great pick for families with children of school-going age. The area has an abundance of public parks with playgrounds, sports facilities and scenic walks.

Property in Dublin can be pricey, but houses and apartments tend to be more spacious here than they are in the city centre of Columbus. Dublin is considered a safe area, with little crime, and people who live here generally consider the perks to be well worth the price.


Those looking for a neighbourhood that balances a small-town feel with easy access to the city may find Bexley to be just right for them. There's a strong sense of community and new arrivals will have plenty of opportunities to get to know everyone thanks to frequent community events.

Like Dublin, Bexley is known for its excellent public schools. Class sizes are small, so teachers have time to give more attention to each individual child.

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