Residents of Columbus love living here. What’s not to love in this good-looking, modern city with a lot of opportunities and all the art, music, and food you could imagine? We are proud, we are funky, and we are happy to be here. But what is it that makes Columbus feel like home? Here are 13 reasons why you will always love being a Columbusite.
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Columbus has the most beautiful sunsets. From the deep blue clouds scattered across a golden sky to the pink and scarlet streaks of the last rays of sun, there is always a reason to look up at the sky.
2. Short North
You wouldn't know what to do with yourself on a Friday night if you were not Ubering to the Short North. This strip of High Street offers bars, restaurants, galleries, and music for every taste. Coming up with a plan to enjoy the evening is always a no brainer.
You love getting ice cream at Jeni's like no other. Born and raised right here in Columbus, Jeni's ice cream has quickly become a local favorite. With flavors like Osmanthus & Blackberry Crackle and Middle West Whisky & Pecans, it's not hard to see why. You can find Jeni's pints in many grocery stores throughout the city, and there's frequently a line out the door at the stores.
Buckeyes? Bluejackets? Columbus Crew? There is always a big game to watch if you're a fan of Columbus teams, and you love living close to so many other ardent fans.
You probably went to one of Columbus's universities and you still have a lot of friends and contacts on campus. One of the biggest universities in the country, Ohio State is not just a place of education. It adds an incredible amount of culture, innovation, diversity, and entertainment to the whole Columbus community.
6. Food Scene
You love trying all the different eats that Columbus has to offer. In the past 5-10 years Columbus has really embraced the small and local idea, and there's no better place to see this than in the restaurant world. Chefs and businessmen are taking the big step and turning their ideas into reality, and locals are welcoming their creations with open arms and bellies.
7. Alum Creek Beach
Alum Creek Beach is pretty great for being 20 minutes north of downtown, and you love spending summer evenings there. Alum Creek is great for boating, swimming, taking your dog to the park, hiking, and lots of other water activities.
8. Swing County
You love the attention of living in a swing county. Every time there is an election, Ohio matters, and within Ohio - Franklin County matters. That's us! - and it makes voting and campaigning even more exciting.
9. Olentangy-Scioto Trail
You wouldn't know how to stay fit if the Olentangy-Scioto multipurpose trail wasn't nearby. The city of Columbus invests a lot into creating green spaces for the public. The trail that runs along both central rivers is just one example of this. The trail runs through the whole city, and so many residents use it to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors.
Columbus is a great place to raise a family. There are great schools, libraries, and public parks. Columbus is convenient and safe, and it has a great mix of quiet calm suburbs and the busy downtown vibe.
You love being able to get to a city park no matter where you live. The Whetstone Park of Roses, Goodale Park, and Schiller Park are some of the great city center green spaces. Just a little outside the city, you can find large and well maintained city parks like Blacklick, Darby Creek, and Highbanks, just to name a few.
There are so many great unique neighborhoods to live in. Most residents of Columbus live in multiple neighborhoods throughout their lifetime. This gives us the opportunity to really experience the vibe and individuality of each one.
Columbus sees the best of summer, fall, winter, and spring. In the winter the city is hushed with muffling mounds of snow. In the spring the mornings are crisp and beautiful. The summer offers endless sunshine and warmth day and night. Finally, autumn comes and brings endless colors as leaves rustle to the ground.
Columbus sure feels like home, the best home. What makes you feel like you belong in Columbus? Share with us in the comments below.