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About Columbus

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Columbus is the capital and largest city in the state of Ohio.  It is the 15th largest city in the United States, with a population of over 835,000.  It is the 4th most populous state capital in the United States, and the 3rd largest city in the Midwest. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and in 1816, became the state capital.

The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.  Columbus is home to the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest private research and development foundation; Chemical Abstracts Service, the world’s largest clearinghouse of chemical information; NetJets, the world’s largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet; and The Ohio State University, the 3rd largest university in the United States.

As of 2013, the city has the headquarters of five corporations in the U.S. Fortune 500: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, American Electric Power, L Brands, Big Lots and Cardinal Health.  Fast-food corporations Wendy’s and White Castle are also based here.

In 2012, Columbus was ranked in BusinessWeek’s 50 best cities in America. In 2013, Forbes gave Columbus an A rating as one of the top cities for business in the U.S., and later that year included the city on its list of Best Places for Business and Careers. Columbus was also ranked as the number 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation by Forbes in 2008, and the city was ranked a top ten city by Relocate America in 2010.  In 2007, fDi Magazine ranked the city number 3 in the U.S. for cities of the future,  and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was rated number1 in 2009 by USA Travel Guide.

In 2013, the Intelligent Communities Forum named Columbus in the top seven most intelligent cities in the world, and it was the only American city to make the cut.