Despite being tucked away in the quiet Midwest, Columbus is a thriving metropolitan area with tons to offer — including jobs.
In our recent report, Best Cities for Job Seekers, we wanted to give you a helping hand in finding the best city for you. So we crunched the numbers to find the fastest-growing occupations and where, among the 25 largest metropolitan statistical areas, they’re most abundant.
Columbus ranked highly for four of the five fastest-growing occupations in the country — community and social service, computers and math, health care practitioners and technicians, construction and extraction, and arts and media.
For community and social service jobs, Columbus ranked seventh nationwide, with a location quotient of .93. (The location quotient is a measure that compares local job density in a given field to the average national density, wherein 1 represents the national figure.) Although that job density is a bit below the national figure, that’s only because community and social service jobs, which include social workers, counselors, religious workers, and probation officers, are in need everywhere, and aren’t necessarily tied to a heavily populated area. Even the #1 city for these job opportunities, Philadelphia, only has a location quotient of 1.99 — meaning the city has nearly two times the national average concentration.
That changes, however, when it comes to computer and math jobs, such as network administrators, programmers, statisticians, computer research scientists, and so on. Here, San Jose dominates the category, with a location quotient of 4.3. Columbus, however, holds its own with a score of 1.42, and is the only Midwestern city on the list — even beating out Chicago. These positive employment numbers likely stem from a host of new data centers that have set up operations in the area over the past few years, including Amazon Web Services.
Much like community and social service jobs, health care practitioners are in demand everywhere. Columbus, nonetheless, made the #8 spot for these jobs, ahead of San Antonio (#9) and Chicago (#10).
Finally, and perhaps most surprisingly, Columbus is the tenth best city for jobs in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations — a list that mainly comprises cities like Washington D.C., Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Home to Ohio State as well as the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus has made a name for itself in the fashion world, as headquarters to L Brands — the parent company of Limited, Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and more — which is likely what’s giving these numbers a healthy boost. In fact, the city employs the third-most fashion designers in the country.
If you still aren’t quite sold on the Buckeye city, consider that Millennials here — young adults aged 18 to 34 — have one of the lowest rates in the country for still living with their parents. With ready access to employment and affordable rents, Millennials here earn about $2,220 and pay about $870 in rent. With so many affordable houses for rent in Columbus, Ohio, it’s no wonder Millennials are flying the nest.