Why is the City of Columbus growing when most cities it’s size are not?

Asked by Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky, Birmingham, MI Wed May 16, 2007

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Don Bush Team, , Columbus, OH
Sun Jul 15, 2007
COLUMBUS CITY GROWS BY HAVING ROOM, NOT BEING "LANDLOCKED;" AND BY EXTORTING ANNEXATION TO THE CITY BY OFFERING (OR WITHHOLDING) THE CITY WATER. The Metro Area grows because: It is affordable, has State of Ohio giant bureacracy and a huge University to attract people; Many stay becasue it is diverse and cultural. DON BUSH, KELLER WILLIAMS CAPITAL PARTNERS REALTY, bush.214@osu.edu
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ohiopherks, Home Buyer, Columbus, OH
Wed Feb 6, 2013
It has one of the top economies in the nation... ranks 4th best city for business. The economy is extremely diverse, and it boasts one of the largest Universities in the nation.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Sep 4, 2012
Could be it benefits from being the capital city.
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?
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fngggvgnfnnfv, Home Buyer, Columbus, OH
Tue Sep 4, 2012
B/C it can nigga it can grow if it want to
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Maroun, , Dayton, OH
Thu Aug 28, 2008
The only reason Columbus is growing is due to annexing other neighbors. If you look at the core city data from the 1950 and 1970 land area, the actual core city of Columbus has also lost population. In 1950 Columbus had 38 square miles in 1970 it went up to 120 square miles and today it has 210 square miles, that is an addition of roughly 180 sqaure miles to the city limits which also adds to the population.

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.
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James R. Buf…, Agent, Columbus, OH
Tue Jul 8, 2008
Columbus offers all that modern citizens have been falling in love with: Downtown nightlife and cleanliness, historic neighborhoods, an awesome variety of very good school districts and private facilities, OSU sports events and university, new construction, NHL Hockey, semi-pro football and baseball, and major investments from major corporations (Limited, Nationwide, Wendy's, Chase to name a few) who's main office resides here, a booming service industry, diversity and city planning has been great for years. Yet, you can still own a great property for under $250,000 or condo for much less! Columbus is the best thing between New York & Chicago. Call me and I'll show you around town...what you can get for the money. James Buffington, Realtor Coldwell Banker King Thompson, Arlington 614-560-4378 cell
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Bill Brunton, , Austin, TX
Mon Jun 9, 2008
Well...I think some credit needs to go to the geography of Columbus. Its Ideal for industrial growth with a well laid out Highway and rail system and lets not forget about the countries largest university that is a pool for qualified professionals. Some will contend that Ohio's overall economaical woes in other major cities are the reason, but overall Columbus for the North is a very clean and progressive city and its suburbs like Powell, Westerville, Worthington, New Albany are ideal for families to live.
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Vito Boscaino, Agent, Charleston, SC
Tue Dec 4, 2007
The simple answer is that Columbus is growing at the expense of other cities in Ohio. As jobs are eliminated in the more industralized areas of the state, and local economies remain depressed in cities like Cleveland, Cincinnatti, Akron, Canton, Toledo etc., many people realize then need to move to find employment. Oftentimes, they move to Columbus, as a way to avoid leaving the state entirely. Unfortunately for them, Columbus may have jobs, but they are often much lower paying service industry or government sector jobs.

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.

Vito Boscaino
Managing Partner / Realtor / MBA
Help-U-Sell North High Realty
Columbus, Ohio 43214
614.447.3050 office

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