Columbus City Tourism, Ohio

Visit Columbus City - Best of Columbus City

Ohio's capital and largest state has a little under two and a half million people, counting the metropolitan area. It's thought of as a business and commerce driven city, great to kickstart a career. It is located on the confluence of Scioto and Olentangy River. A glacier during a past ice age scoured most of the land to flatness.

In ancient times, the city was inhabited by the Adena people, of whom almost nothing remains. The first Europeans in the area were the French; other traders, mostly in fur, followed. Relationships with the natives in the area were turbulent and violent, with the French, and later with the newly formed USA. The city was formally formed as a municipality and a capital in 1812. The establishment of major railroads in the 19th century made the city an important volunteer Union Army base, and later, a major prison. The image of the city is tied to steel, buggy factories, and the literary wonder James Thurber. A sizeble German population, now declined somewhat, left the charming brewery district and the German Village.

A diversified economy helped the city weather The Great Depression better than its counterpart. The downtown area, once kind of slummy, has been incredibly revitalised, and is where most of the tourism goes down. Now, while not a major tourist destination, it is definitely a satisfying and enriching one in every way - natural beauty, heritage, science and technology and culture.

Columbus City Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Columbus City tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC-05:00). Switches to Daylight Saving.
  • Currency: USD
  • Electricity and Internet: Plugs type A and B 120V, 60Hz AC
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic
  • Security: 911 is the common emergency number.
  • Off-Beaten Path: Shroom Mound, Hayden Falls Park
  • Tipping: 15-20% is customary for service staff; 10% for taxis.
  • Tourist Traps: Easton Town Centre, Scioto Mile

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Facts and Stats for Columbus City*

  • Pollution Statistics in Columbus City

    Know the pollution level of Columbus City before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 20.71 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 23.15 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 39.29 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 15.52 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 16.07 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.1 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15.18 (Very Low)
  • Columbus City: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Columbus City for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Columbus City.

    • Burglary and Theft 32.05 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.47 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 42.76 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 34.62 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.97 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.72 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 30.77 (Low)
    • Drug offense 54.49 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.87 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.13 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 49.34 (Moderate)
  • Living in Columbus City - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Columbus City is 190.95 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 57.03 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 71.29 (High)
    • Pollution Index 23.59 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25.81 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 68.04 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 72.94 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.62 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 118.88 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Columbus City

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Columbus City

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.41 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.5 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

Columbus City Travel Guides

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Columbus City Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Columbus City

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