Columbus is the stunning capital city of the state of Ohio in the US, and is attracting more and more newcomers every year. It's easy to see why too. With the shimmering Scioto River and its tributaries filtering in through the city, Columbus is an urban paradise. Ravines and creeks dot the landscape as skyscrapers jostle for space in the city centre. Just beyond the Downtown area, the 19th-century brick houses of the German District and the ornate historical homes in the Victorian district add a unique flavour to the city.
Living in Columbus as an expat
Columbus has a robust and diverse economy with the tech industry being the largest contributor. There’s a thriving start-up culture and innovation is the name of the game. There are also job opportunities in areas such as education, healthcare, insurance, retail and construction.
The city provides excellent healthcare services, and expats with an extensive health insurance policy will receive world class medical treatment in Columbus. One downside of living in the city, though, is the limited public transport. With just a bus system and no form of rail transport, new arrivals will find it tough to get by without a car.
Cost of living in Columbus
The cost of living in Columbus is reasonable and well below the national average. New arrivals will soon find their dollars stretching further here than in many other American cities. Accommodation is well priced, offering value for money, and public schooling can be accessed free of charge. That said, the necessity of owning a car in Columbus is an extra expense that can absorb a fair chunk of one’s budget.
Expat families and children
Columbus has a number of excellent schools. Expat parents who want their children to go to a public school should take into account their neighbourhood, as this will determine which schools are available to them. Although there are no international schools, there are many fantastic private schools in the city, some of which offer the International Baccalaureate.
Those needing a break from the rat race need not go far to find some serenity – the city’s various green spaces offer respite in the midst of the bustle and provide a great place for playing sports, picnicking and enjoying the sunshine. There are also plenty of attractions and events throughout the year for the whole family to enjoy.
Climate in Columbus
Columbus has a typical continental climate, with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Temperatures in the summer months hover around 86°F (30°C), while winter temperatures drop to 22°F (-5°C). Spring and autumn are mild and are generally the most pleasant times of the year in Columbus.
Some overlook Columbus in favour of Cincinnati or Cleveland, but this thriving metropolis has something for everyone and is well worth exploring. The lifestyle, with plenty of options for nightlife, entertainment and dining out, is the cherry on top.
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