|Population and Size
With a population of 711,470 covering more than 210 square miles,
Columbus is the largest city in Ohio and the 15th largest city in
the United States. Franklin County has a population of 1,068,978
and the six-county metropolitan area (Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield,
Licking, Madison and Pickaway) has a population of 1,540,157.
The 2000 U.S. Census revealed the racial breakdown of Columbus
as 67.9% white, 24.5% African-American, 3.4% Asian and 2.5% Hispanic.
Columbus also has the second-largest largest Somalian population
in the United States.
Columbus is located in Central Ohio and is conveniently located
within 550 miles of more than half of the population of the United
States. Columbus is located at the intersection of interstates
70 and 71.
Columbus has four distinct seasons. The average temperature for
the seasons are Spring (March-May) 50.9; Summer (June-August)
71.6; Fall (September-November) 53.9; and Winter (December-February)
29.3. Average annual rainfall is 37.8 inches. The average annual
snowfall is 28 inches.
Columbus is among the more economically stable metropolitan areas
in the United States and is one of just a handful of cities in
the northeastern quadrant of the country whose economy and population
both grew steadily through the last three decades of the 20th
century. The seven-county Columbus metropolitan area has a labor
force of about 900,000, with about half of the jobs concentrated
in service businesses (29.6%) and retail (20.5%). Others work
in government (16%), manufacturing (10.2%), finance/insurance/real
estate (8.8%), wholesale trade (5.3%), transportation/utilities
(4.8%) and construction (4.7%).
The Central Ohio Transit Authority offers regular bus service
throughout the city. In addition, a variety of taxi and limousine
services also are available.
Port Columbus International Airport
Eleven major carriers and many regional airline partners combine
to offer 350 daily departures and arrivals at Port Columbus International
Airport, serving thirty-three (33) non-stop destinations.
Greater Columbus Convention Center
The Greater Columbus Convention Center completed an $85 million
expansion and renovation in February 2001 that added 120,000 square
feet of exhibit space, a 15,000-square-foot ballroom, 11 new meeting
rooms and more than 1,100 additional a parking spaces. The center
now offers 426,000 square feet of exhibit space, two ballrooms
and 61 meeting rooms.
Total Number of Hotel Rooms
21,355 in Greater Columbus (as of Jan. 1, 2004) - Room Tax - 10%