Columbus is a place packed with entertainment.
If you tend to associate this city with Ohio State football only, then its arts, leisure, education, shopping and the level of living are going to shatter your myth. This second-tier city – Columbus – has seen undercurrent of changes in the past few decades.
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These changes started from economy as Columbus of today is an emerging business center. In fact, its economy is based on finance, insurance and light industries, especially hi-tech innovations making it a city with an incredibly friendly business climate. The Ohio Supercomputer Center is ranked to be one of the top 50 supercomputers in the world, placing Columbus at the seventh position to do business in the United States by ''MarketWatch'', a financial information website.
Columbus won accolades not only for its economy, but as well for historic revitalization of the city - best reflected in the Arena District that incorporates old warehouses and new buildings of industrial architecture. Attractions include;
- Columbus Museum of Art preserves modernist paintings, modern American paintings, and impressionist and expressionist works
- Columbus Zoo offers the largest reptile collection in the United States
- German village, developed in the 1840s as Germans fled from wars
- Ohio State University, the state's largest academic institution in the state of Ohio
Annually more than 50,000 students flock Ohio State University making city look different in terms of its radical transformation from industrial hub to youth-oriented destination. Thus, young people make up notable part of the 711,470–strong population that occupies about 212 square miles of Columbus City. This area is a home to only 0.29 percent Native Americans, while Asian, African American and Pacific Islanders join them in dominating percentages.
You can find this ethnic pocket at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers where Columbus stretches out across flat banks. This territory has been home to Columbus city since the 1740s and it helped develop city's status as a shipping port. By the late 1880s Columbus grew rapidly with almost two hundred factories and brewing companies established by the German immigrants there.
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