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Why Choose Columbus, Indiana?


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Here are some reasons visitors routinely find Columbus to be one of the most “unexpected” cities they’ve ever visited and why many decide to relocate their family or business to this “unforgettable” community.

The Basics:

  • Columbus, Indiana, (population 45,000) 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.
  • Columbus has hundreds of acres in a city park system ranked number one in the country by the National Recreation and Park Association for cities the size of Columbus. Parks feature such unusual facilities as an ice skating rink, a skateboard park, an observation tower, and an ivy-covered tunnel, as well as the more typical, yet fun, activities such as fishing, walking, hiking, and biking.
  • Most of the downtown is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. In a highly unusual move, the even more exclusive National Historic Landmarks Program honored the city by accepting six locations simultaneously
  • The Columbus Area Visitors Center Architecture Tour was selected as one of Rand McNally’s Best of the Road in 2003. The tour is part of the “Indiana: Hills and Architecture” trip of approximately 260 miles. The tour has also received Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for its consistently high visitor reviews. Find out more about the tours HERE.
  • Columbus is also home to NASCAR racing champion Tony Stewart and Chuck Taylor, among others. Read more about them here.


  • Columbus is centrally located between Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati and is just minutes from Interstate 65. Located approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of Indianapolis, on the east fork of the White River.


  • The land which is now Columbus was bought by General John Tipton and Luke Bonesteel in 1820. General Tipton built a log cabin on Mt. Tipton, a small hill overlooking White River, and the surrounding flat, heavily forested, and swampy valley.
  • The town was known as Tiptonia, named in honor of General Tipton. The town’s name was changed to Columbus on March 20, 1821.
  • Bartholomew County was named in 1821 for General Joseph Bartholomew, who fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe.


  • 45,429 – City of Columbus, 20th largest city in Indiana
  • 79,129 – Bartholomew County
    (Source – Stats Indiana)

Largest Cities and Towns in Bartholomew County:

  • Clifford : 239
  • Columbus : 45,429
  • Edinburgh : 386 (does not include Johnson County residents)
  • Elizabethtown : 512
  • Hartsville : 372
  • Hope : 2,147
  • Jonesville : 181

Population Segments:

  • 91.3% White
  • 6.5% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.5% Asian
  • 2.1% African-American
  • 0.5% American Indian
    (Source – Stats Indiana)


  • 406.90 Square Miles – Bartholomew County
  • 27.89 Square Miles – City of Columbus
    (Source – US Census Bureau)


  • Mayor of Columbus – Jim Lienhoop (R)
  • Columbus City Council
  • City of Columbus
  • Bartholomew County Council
  • Bartholomew County Board of Commissioners

Labor Statistics : Bartholomew County Labor Force (2012)

  • Total Resident Labor Force: 41,105
  • Annual Unemployment Rate: 6.4
    (Source – Stats Indiana)

Cost of Living Index:

  • Cost of living index in Columbus: 89.8 (as of March 2012, US average is 100)
    (Source –

Housing Costs (average home cost):

  • Median home value (2011) : $135,400
  • Median rent (2011) : $594
    (Source – US Census Bureau)

The Perfect Place to Retire?

  • Perhaps Columbus is the perfect match for your retirement years, find out more HERE.