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.

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 cost of living in Columbus is reasonable and 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.

One downside of living in Columbus 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, an extra expense that can absorb a fair chunk of one’s budget.

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.

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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