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Employment Review magazine ranks Columbus a "Top 10 Best City to Live and Work."

Places Rated Almanac ranks Columbus as one of the best metro areas in the nation for the arts, ahead of such cities as Miami, Pheonix and San Diego.

Black Entertainment Television's six-month study concluded that Columbus is the best city for Black families in the nation. Columbus was commended for its diverse neighborhoods, high unemployment rates and affordability of homes.

Columbus has been ranked as one of the top 10 best cities in the nation to live and work by Employment Review and it’s easy to see why. Columbus is the heart of Ohio. This friendly, safe, vibrant city is the center of government in Ohio and an international center of research and commerce. Columbus is the largest city in Ohio and the 14th largest in the country. It is a thriving metropolis with a growing diverse population.

Columbus offers a great urban experience with arts and leisure activities like the avant garde Gallery Hops in the Short North, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Met and Opera Columbus. There are many music venues, restaurants, and new destinations for entertainment in German Village and The Arena District. Columbus celebrates its diversity with exciting cultural festivals like the African American Heritage Festival, Festival Latino and the Columbus International Festival.

Columbus is also well known for its cultural richness. It features two nationally acclaimed art museums, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Columbus Museum of Art. It also has the Center of Science and Industry and interactive center of learning for kids and adults, the Columbus Zoo, the fifth largest in the U.S., and the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory. Downtown, the Ohio Theater, a restored 1928 movie palace is home to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Met, and the Palace features Opera Columbus and the Broadway Series productions.

Columbus is also a city rich in diversity. People from all corners of the globe have settled in the area in the last decade because of the dynamic economy and friendly atmosphere. In fact, one example of this new and expanding diversity is Columbus’ growing Somali community, which is now the second largest in the United States. Central Ohio has also been designated by the PEW Foundation as an emerging metropolitan growth area for the Latino community.

Sports fans have many reasons to love Columbus. Besides the many popular sporting events at OSU, the city is also home to two major league teams, the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team and the Columbus Crew soccer team. It’s also the home for the Columbus Clippers, the New York Yankees’ minor-league baseball team.