Three key highlights for Columbus is that it: is the state capital for Ohio, is Ohio’s biggest city, and is America’s fourth-most highly populated capital city trailing only Phoenix, Austin and Indianapolis.
Guinness World Records documents Columbus as being the site for the heaviest single-lift bench press at 885 pounds and 2 ounces (401.5 kilograms), accomplished by American Blaine Sumner at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus on March 5, 2016. At the time Sumner was 29 years old and weighed about 370 pounds (167.5 kilograms).
Columbus serves as headquarters for four large corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. These large businesses are electric utility American Electric Power; branded fashion retailer L Brands; bank holding company Huntington Bancshares; and analytical instruments maker Mettler-Toledo International.
Ohio shipped U$49.1 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Ohioan exports are civilian aircraft, soya beans, larger passenger vehicles, piston engines, miscellaneous automobile parts or accessories and tobacco cigarettes according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Columbus, Ohio was 3.9% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Columbus, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Central Ohio Fire Museum, Easton Town Center, Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Mapfre Stadium, Nationwide Arena, Northland Performing Arts Center, Ohio Stadium and the Schwartz Castle
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Columbus, United States:
- Simone Biles, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist (born Mar. 14, 1997)
- Nick Swisher, professional MLB baseball player (born Nov. 25, 1980)
- Bow Wow, rapper (born Mar. 9, 1987)
- Gary Levox, country singer (born Jul. 10, 1980)
- Sarah Fisher, race car driver (born Oct. 4, 1980)
- Brady Quinn, professional NFL football quarterback (born Oct. 27, 1984)
- Mike Matheny, professional baseball catcher & manager (born Sep. 20, 1970)
- Staciana Stitts, Olympic swimming gold medalist (born Sep. 12, 1981)
- Dwight Yoakam, country singer-songwriter & actor (born Oct. 23, 1956)
- Buster Douglas, heavyweight boxer (born Apr. 7, 1960)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Columbus resident: Columbusite
Population: 850,106 in 2015 (Columbus city limits)
Density: 3,914 people per square mile (1,511 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,021,632 (Columbus metropolitan area)
Density: 638 people per square mile (246 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$124.381 billion as of March 2015 (Columbus metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $61,525
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Columbus: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 24, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Guinness World Records, Heaviest bench press (male). Accessed on May 24, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Columbus official website. Accessed on May 24, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 24, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 24, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 24, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Columbus city flag. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Columbus, Ohio. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Columbus metropolitan area, Ohio. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Ohio. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Within city limits, Columbus occupies 217.17 square miles (562.47 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 850,106 Columbusites in 2015.
Often referred to as the Columbus Region, the Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Statistical Area centered on Columbus city covers a land area of 3,169.2 square miles (8,208 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 2.02 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Columbus’s population density is 3,914 residents per square mile (1,511 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Columbus metropolitan area with an average 638 inhabitants per square mile (246 per square kilometer).
Columbusites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.