That 40 story tax payer edifice across the street from the dome should be a clue. Add to that the influence of OSU and you have a tax dollar consuming false economy that creates a real distortion of what is really happening in the rest of the sate.
Same is true for most capital cities with the DC area being the poster child of false economies.
The morale to the story, live where you can benefit most from the taxes paid by others.
Big Ten football makes it all worthwhile....right?
Cleveland and Cincy on the other hand have roughly 77 square miles ever since 1950, because the surrounding areas were already well established and had solid governments, so they could not annex their neighbors. The only hope for them is to merge with surrounding areas. If Cleveland for instance annexed half of what Columbus annexed it would have roughly 2.4 million people and Cincy would have almost 1.8 million people. So to answer the question Columbus didn't actually grow in the normal sense. The core city just like most core cities is still declining. In the brookings study only Chicago, NYC, and Sanfrancisco had core cities which did not dramatically decline and is only attributed to the falling numbers of families in each household.
Also if you look at the current GDP for the metro areas, Cleveland and Cincinnati were #1 and #2 for income and growth. The metro numbers are the better indicators since Cleveland's metro is smaller in square miles yet has 3 times the population of Columbus and the same goes for cincinnati. Also if you look at the detailed report of the crime statistics the Columbus metro area was the most dangerous of the big cities in Ohio.
So looks can be decieving and if either Cleveland or Cincinnati acquired its neighbors like Columbus did those cities would appear has having BIG booms. So if your question regards growing as in actual growth then no Columbus is not growing, if you are talking about growth as aquiring land have having more square miles then yes it is.
The real problem is the fact that their is little to no job growth in the State of Ohio. The tax burden is high, government regulation and legislation is oftentimes unfavorable towards business owners, and property taxes are high as well. This leads to inadequate job growth and more importantly, a declining population, which will ultimately lead to declining property values (separate and above the subprime/general housing slowdown that is currently occurring).
In the end, at some point Columbus will cease growing as well, as it will become more clear to people that better economic opportunities lie elsewhere.
Managing Partner / Realtor / MBA
Help-U-Sell North High Realty
Columbus, Ohio 43214