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May 28, 2007
I'm heading to Columbus on Thursday. And apparently I have not given the fair city its due. I knew that Columbus was the capital of the great state of Ohio and also home to Ohio State University. I did not know that Columbus was the largest city in Ohio. Or that OSU was the largest college campus in the U.S. or that Columbus was the 15th largest city in the U.S.* Money Magazine calls it "the 8th best large city to inhabit in the US."
In addition to the state government and the university, Columbus is home to lots of insurance companies, an emerging tech sector, and the headquarters of The Limited, Abercrombie and Fitch, Wendy's and White Castle.
The climate is "characterized by hot, muggy summers" and the average temperature in June ranges from a low of 59 to a high of 82 degrees. The population is predominantly white (70%) with a significant African American population (25%), and a tiny bit of everything else.
Looks like there are plenty of things to eat and look at within walking distance of the convention center.
*Of course this is city size which isn't really so telling. On that list San Diego is number 8. Talking Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Columbus is #32. Which actually makes it slightly smaller than Cincinnati or Cleveland.