Welcome to Columbus

Columbus, the state capital, is located within a ten hour drive to 50% of the US population and home to state, county and federal government operations, Columbus’ diverse population base provides strength and stability to the local economy.

Central Ohio also hosts 15 Fortune 1000 headquarters, including leaders in insurance, healthcare, manufacturing and retail goods. Familiar names include Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health, Limited Brands, American Electric Power, Worthington Industries and Scotts Miracle Grow.

The 11-county Columbus Region offers access to the world's marketplace, a growing base of talented workers, with exceptional communities and competitive business costs.


  • A consistent pipeline of nearly 150,000 students at 62 college and university campuses in the Region, the largest concentration of students in the Midwest 
  • 40% of the Region’s population holds an associate’s degree, and 30% holds a bachelor’s or higher - both greater than the national average
  • Multi-level logistics education, from technical certification to The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, no. 5 among supply chain programs nationwide
  • The Columbus Region experienced a 43% increase in manufacturing productivity (output per worker) between 2001 and 2012
  • Value-added output per agbioscience employee is 10% greater than the national average 
  • 109 languages spoken throughout the Region
  • Population of 2 million people
  • Population growth rate of 1.3 percent annually


  • Greater access to the U.S. market within a 10-hour drive than any other U.S. metro 
  • International logistics center Rickenbacker offers $660M in transportation cost savings to shippers, via air, rail and road
  • Four intermodal terminals allow access to world markets and seaports
  • With more than 6.3 million passengers in 2012, Port Columbus International Airport is served by major airlines offering 150 daily departures to 33 airports
  • Enhanced freight rail connections to East Coast ports in Norfolk, VA, Baltimore, MD and Wilmington, NC
  • Columbus is within 500 miles of 45 percent of the U.S. population, higher than other major distribution centers in the U.S. (source: ESRI Business Analyst, 2011) 


  • No personal property tax, no inventory tax, no state corporate income tax
  • Both KPMG and E&Y recently ranked Ohio as one of the top 5 tax climates in the United States Ranked no. 4 “biggest bang for your buck” by Forbes, with cost of living 11% lower than the national average 
  • Among the lowest average asking rent for distribution and warehousing among major American cities
  • No. 8 most affordable U.S. location for corporate headquarters (Site Selection)

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