About Central Ohio (from www.experiencecolumbus.com)

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.

Cultural Diversity
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.

Goodale Park

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%).

Downtown Columbus

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%

Sales Tax

Links to Central Ohio:

Doing Business in Central Ohio: Arts & Entertainment in Central Ohio:
The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The City of Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Experience Columbus
Columbus Crew (MSL)
Franklin County    
Licking County    
Delaware County