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What Renters Like and Dislike

What Renters Like and Dislike About Columbus

Some architecture is really beautiful, access to a lot nearby parks, the families that live by who have been living nearby for generations.

My neighborhood is in a college town so there are always lots of house parties going on. There are a ton of bars and restaurants nearby & they are always busy, especially on the weekends. I enjoy going out to bars with friends.

Corner store close. The owner is friendly and cares about his customers.nothing unique. Papa John's. In the house.

Family friendly, there are shops and coffee shops close by. the neighbor is safe to walk in.neighbors are friendly

There's an airport nearby. The kids can play outside in the open space. It is usually pretty peaceful

1 thing is it is very safe. Another thing is that it's quiet. And another is it feels like a community.

Who Lives Here

Columbus Demographics

Education

High School

24%

Associate's

19%

Bachelor's

16%

Master's

6%

Doctorate

35%

Family Size

2 people

44%

3 people

24%

4 people

18%

5 people

9%

6+ people

5%

Household Income

0-50k

46%

50-100k

33%

100-150k

14%

150-200k

4%

200k+

3%

Age

0-10

14%

10-20

12%

20-45

42%

45-65

22%

65+

10%

Affordability

How expensive is it in Columbus?

Percentage: 3/53/5

Renters gave this area a 3 out of 5 for affordability

Rent Trends

Studio1 Bed2 Beds3 Beds
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Nov '23$1242$1479$1602$1625
Oct '23$1250$1448$1639$1897
Sep '23$1270$1408$1512$1908
Aug '23$1275$1401$1480$1894
Jul '23$1267$1366$1500$1894
Jun '23$1196$1363$1519$1792
May '23$1195$1437$1530$1792
Apr '23$1142$1345$1541$1407
Mar '23$1147$1337$1586$1449
Feb '23$1147$1335$1586$1537
Jan '23$1099$1307$1563$1600
Dec '22$1106$1308$1494$1555

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Getting Around Columbus

Columbus Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

24%

15-30 Mins

50%

30-40 Mins

16%

40-60 Mins

6%

60+ Mins

3%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 6161

Walk Score®

Walkable

No

Say 176 of 241 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 174 of 241 renters

Percentage: 6363

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 149 of 241 renters

Percentage: 4444

Transit Score®

They Are Located Near Public Transportation

No

Say 132 of 241 renters

Need A Car

No

Say 193 of 241 renters

Top Scores: Grocery, Restaurant, Coffee

Things To Do In Columbus

Top Score

Grocery Stores

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

There are some super markets around here.

  1. Few grocery stores per resident
  2. Significantly more grocery stores than average
  3. A standard number of grocery stores compared to areas of a similar size

Restaurants

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Great service and no need for reservations. A great place for food.

  1. Few restaurants per resident
  2. Significantly more restaurants than average
  3. A standard number of restaurants compared to areas of a similar size

Coffee

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

We're full of beans for Columbus's coffee shop scene.

  1. Few coffee shops per resident
  2. Significantly more coffee shops than average
  3. 12% fewer coffee shops than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Get your dance shoes on, Columbus looks good for nightlife.

  1. Few bars and clubs per resident
  2. Significantly more bars and clubs than average
  3. 16% more bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

A shopaholic favorite. Columbus has a lot of style.

  1. Few shops per resident
  2. Significantly more shops than average
  3. 8% more shops than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Pumped and lifting a solid 4.5 stars for fitness.

  1. Few gyms per resident
  2. Significantly more gyms than average
  3. 21% more gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Columbus is real pawsitive for your pets.

  1. Few pet facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more pet facilities than average
  3. 9% more pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The great medical care here is just what the doctor ordered.

  1. A high number of medical facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more medical facilities than average
  3. 29% more medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You won't have to drive far to fill up around here.

  1. Few gas stations per resident
  2. Significantly more gas stations than average
  3. 31% fewer gas stations than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Columbus is a masterpiece for fine art lovers.

  1. Few fine art centers per resident
  2. Significantly more fine art centers than average
  3. 29% fewer fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Parks

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Columbus is shrubby, not shabby.

  1. Few parks per resident
  2. Significantly more parks than average
  3. 64% fewer parks than areas of a similar size

What Renters Are Saying

Columbus Features

Area Has Litter

No

Say 211 of 241 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 209 of 241 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 206 of 241 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 197 of 241 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 183 of 241 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 178 of 241 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 173 of 241 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 171 of 241 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 169 of 241 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

Yes

Say 164 of 241 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 156 of 241 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

Say 153 of 241 renters

Maintained Yards

Yes

Say 146 of 241 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 143 of 241 renters

Tree Lined Streets

Yes

Say 131 of 241 renters

Near Highways

No

Say 125 of 241 renters

Well Lit

No

Say 128 of 241 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 186 of 241 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 186 of 241 renters

Nice Views

No

Say 191 of 241 renters

Columbus Education

Schools

Percentage: 4/54/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Columbus

9/10

Scioto Ridge Elementary School

Grades PK, K-5 • Public

9/10

Tyler Run Elementary School

Grades K-5 • Public

9/10

Violet Elementary School

Grades PK, K-4 • Public

9/10

Sycamore Creek Elementary School

Grades PK, K-4 • Public

9/10

New Albany Primary School

Grades 1-3 • Public

9/10
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What You Need to Know

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All About

Living in Columbus, OH

Getting to Know Columbus, OH

Columbus is at the geographical and cultural heart of Ohio. It's the home of the largest public university campus in the United States, and also the seat of Ohio's state government and several major companies. What's more, Columbus is just a short drive from Ohio's most scenic region. If the thought of living in Columbus doesn't excite you, you probably haven't been there.

Columbus Attractions

The single biggest Columbus attraction is undoubtedly the sprawling campus of The Ohio State University. The 1,800-acre expanse impresses visitors with architecturally significant buildings such as the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. It also delights college sports fans who come to see the Buckeyes play football, basketball, baseball, tennis, ice hockey, gymnastics and more. Meanwhile, the Ohio Statehouse attracts thousands of visitors to the downtown every year. The Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, to name a few, round out the artistic side of the city's cultural diversity.

Neighborhoods around Columbus

  • Forest Park East: Have kids and looking for a family-friendly area? Forest Park East is a more suburban area of the city, with more private homes and parks than most areas in the city. 
  • German Village: As you might guess from the name, there was a rush of German immigrants to the neighborhood now known as German Village in the 1830s. There are still some remnants of those German origins, but today it's known for a large variety of restaurants of all types. It's also known for great architecture, with several areas keeping the early 19th century German architecture, making for a very distinct looking neighborhood. 
  • Brewery District: Located right next to German Village, this was named because it was the home of the beer brewing industry brought over by those German settlers. It still lives up to that name, with craft breweries and all sorts of lively dining and entertainment options. 
  • King-Lincoln Bronzeville: A historically African-American community, King-Lincoln Bronzeville has seen a large revitalization effort in recent years. It's still in relatively early days, but starting with the restoration of the King-Lincoln Theatre, it looks like reviving this musically significant neighborhood is well on its way. 
  • Short North: Short North is the center of the Columbus art scene. If you're even remotely interested in galleries, theaters, museums or any other form of art, this is where you want to be. Even the entry to the neighborhood is a distinctive set of arches, making sure you know you've entered the creative neighborhood of the city. 

Free Things to Do in Columbus

Many of our favorite things to do in Columbus are completely free. Here are our top five picks for fun afternoon activities: 

  • Ohio Statehouse: Go on a guided tour of the Ohio Statehouse for the gorgeous architecture and to learn about influential Ohioans such as George Washington Williams.
  • Short North Arts District: Even if you choose not to live there, you can still take a stroll through the Short North Arts District to see the area's best public art and to check out more than a dozen galleries, all of it free.
  • James Thurber House: Head to the childhood home of cartoonist and author James Thurber to satisfy both the history buff and the bibliophile in you.
  • Browse the Shops: Window-shop at more than 200 retailers at the Easton Town Center, an outdoor shopping mecca just north of downtown.
  • North Market: Get a feel for the local flavor at North Market, the city's only public market. You'll enjoy the smell of freshly made international foods while you peruse gourmet groceries, artisanal gifts and handcrafted housewares.

Activities for Families in Columbus, OH

If the little ones in your life love animals, drive north of downtown to Columbus Zoo or spend the day at the Center of Science and Industry to get an up-close view of a T. Rex skeleton. We also recommend checking out the kid-friendly activities at one of the nearly two dozen Columbus Library locations.

Columbus's Natural Beauty

Columbus is known for the winding jogging and biking trails lining the riverfront, stretching into the gently rolling suburban neighborhoods surrounding the city. Nearby Slate Run Metropark and Alley Park boast picture-perfect picnicking spots. Further out, the rugged hills to the south and east of town delight hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers with their seemingly endless nooks and crannies. Popular protected areas in this region include Hocking State Forest and Lake Logan State Park. Don't miss the Scioto Mile, a 175-acre riverside area, with its bike paths, walkways, playgrounds, and the famous whimsical fountain at Bicentennial Park.

Weekend Getaways from Columbus

When you feel like taking a family road trip, head an hour west to Dayton, the birthplace of aviation, or explore the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, a 2.5-hour drive northeast of Columbus.