More than 5,300 new businesses recently opened their doors in the Columbus area. That number is high, but not surprising. Our history is steeped in entrepreneurialism so successful, it has evolved into a business community notable for its corporate giants. Now the large corporations (including eleven Fortune 1000 companies and six Fortune 500 companies) are serving as springboards for a new crop of entrepreneurs from whom the next corporate successes will emerge.
Large or small, all of the businesses you’ll find here have a healthy respect for the need to balance work with life. Maybe it’s our Midwest values or just plain old-fashioned common sense, but the CEOs who run our most respected corporations, as well as the entrepreneurs who are creating the next generation of businesses, know that Columbus is a place where individuals can succeed without sacrificing their personal lives.
Named one of the top local economies in the United States, and the third fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest, Columbus shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The emerging 315 Research and Technology Corridor (which includes The Ohio State University, Battelle Memorial Institute, and all four of our major hospital systems) along with The Central Ohio Innovation Center of Dublin have made Columbus one of the top ten regions for technology.
Of the top 40 regional employers, 15 are in the high-growth industries of financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, information services, energy, and technology. And of the more than one million people working here, nearly 30% have Bachelor's Degrees and 10% have Master's Degrees—numbers that point to a healthy and prosperous future for the city.
The Columbus area is home to 20 colleges and universities-more than any American city other than Boston. With more than 100,000 students at any given time, and nearly 20,000 of them graduating annually, it's no wonder Columbus is growing at such an amazing rate.
Students in grades K through 12 benefit from a range of options. Columbus boasts some of the best school systems in the nation. With 53 different public school districts, 140 private and parochial schools, and 65 public libraries, the Region is rife with opportunities for every family, every child.