Columbus, OH
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Columbus is a very large city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 850,106 people and 213 constituent neighborhoods, Columbus is the largest community in Ohio.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Columbus is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Columbus is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbus who work in office and administrative support (16.60%), sales jobs (9.90%), and management occupations (8.34%).

Also of interest is that Columbus has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of the large cities in America, Columbus is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.83% of people in Columbus drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Columbus, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

In terms of college education, Columbus is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.35% of adults in Columbus have a college degree.

The per capita income in Columbus in 2010 was $24,721, which is upper middle income relative to Ohio, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,884 for a family of four. However, Columbus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Columbus is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Columbus home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbus residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Columbus include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Columbus is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.