circle-courthouse-bridgeLike lists and rankings? Here’s a few about Columbus, Indiana:

#1 Leading Location

Area Development statistically analyzes around 400 MSAs/cities across 21 key economic indicators every year. The combined results identified the top 100 MSAs who are moving in the most upward projection as measured by GMP, job creation, wages and other key economic indicators and whose strengthening economies should be attractive to potential new investment going forward.  Once again, Columbus, Indiana, is ranked in the top ten among all U.S. metros, ranking #1 Small City, #1 in the Midwest, and #4 overall in 2017. Learn more.

Milken Institute Top City

This year, Columbus, Indiana maintained its spot in the top 10 of the “Best-Performing Small Cities” Milken Institute report.  The ranking was driven by the community’s Top 10 finishes in one- and five-year job growth, one-year wage growth, and one-year high-tech GDP growth. Read the report.

Top Ten Prettiest Towns

Experts from the Travel Channel, National Geographic, and Fodor’s helped compile a list, calling Columbus an “unexpected municipal gem” as a part of their 2012 “Prettiest Towns in America” list.

Top Ten Affordable Cities

AARP chose Columbus as one of its top “10 Affordable Cities for Retirement,”. AARP says “Never heard of Columbus? That’s fine – residents love this little city’s under-the-radar charm. Less than an hour south of Indianapolis and east of Bloomington, Columbus has it all: design cognoscenti say the city’s innovative architecture ranks right up there with Chicago’s and San Francisco’s.”


Columbus, Indiana (population 46,850) is ranked sixth in the nation for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects, right behind Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C.

Other Notable Rankings:

  • #1 U.S. Metro for Advanced Manufacturing Specialization (July/August 2015) Read More
  • #1 U.S. Metro for Exports (July/August 2015) Read More
  • Best City Park System in U.S. (National Recreation and Park Association)
  • One of safest U.S. metros (14th of 342, FBI Uniform Crime Reports of violent crime – 2010)
  • #11 of 109 Global Historic Destinations (National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, higher ranking than any other U.S. destination, 2008)
  • 100 Best Communities for Young People (America’s Promise, 2007)