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Columbus is the capital of and the largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio. The Columbus metropolitan area, which encompasses several counties, is the third largest in Ohio behind Cleveland and Cincinnati. Columbus is the fifteenth largest city in the United States of America. It is the county seat of Franklin County, yet the city has expanded and annexed portions of adjoining Delaware County and Fairfield County. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816.

The population of the city was 787,033 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous city in Ohio. Although Columbus was the 15th largest city in the United States, its metropolitan area was 32nd largest, with 1,836,536 residents. It is the fourth most populous state capital in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Columbus Combined Statistical Area (which also includes Marion and Chillicothe) has a population of 2,031,229.

The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology. Columbus is home to the world's largest private research and development foundation, the Battelle Memorial Institute; Chemical Abstracts Service, the world's largest clearinghouse of chemical information; NetJets, the world's largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet; and The Ohio State University, the nation's largest campus.

In 2011, the city had five corporations in the U.S. Fortune 500, including Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, American Electric Power, Limited Brands, Momentive Specialty Chemicals, and Big Lots. Major foreign corporations operating or with divisions in the city include Germany-based Siemens and Roxane Laboratories, Finland-based Vaisala, Tomasco Mulciber Inc., A Y Manufacturing, Yachiyo of America and US Yachiyo, Inc.

In 2012, Columbus was ranked in BusinessWeek's 50 best cities in America. In 2008, MarketWatch named Columbus as the 7th best place to do business in the nation. In 2009, BusinessWeek named the city as the best place in the country to raise a family.Forbes Magazine in 2008 ranked the city as the no. 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation, and the city was ranked a top ten city by Relocate America in 2010. In 2007, fDi Magazine ranked the city no. 3 in the U.S. for cities of the future, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was rated no. 1 in 2009 by USA Travel Guide.

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Schools in and around Columbus, OH

Name
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $23,751 average out-state tuition; $8,856 average in-state tuition
Columbus State Community College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $6,300 average out-state tuition; $2,844 average in-state tuition
Capital University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $30,450 average out-state tuition; $30,450 average in-state tuition
Franklin University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $9,000 average out-state tuition; $9,000 average in-state tuition
Ohio Dominican University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $26,260 average out-state tuition; $26,260 average in-state tuition
Columbus College of Art and Design
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $26,112 average out-state tuition; $26,112 average in-state tuition
DeVry University-Ohio
Four or more years; Private for profit; $15,294 average out-state tuition; $15,294 average in-state tuition

Columbus, OH Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
John C. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship $3,500 February 15, 2017
Ohio Soybean Council Foundation Scholarship Up to $5,000 January 13, 2017
Donald F. Hastings Scholarship $2,500 February 15, 2017
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies January 31, 2017