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Overview of Columbus

Mentioned on the 2012 Forbes list of "America's Prettiest Towns," the community of Columbus is certainly a gem in the state of Indiana. With beautiful architecture, a friendly vibe and a thriving business district, Columbus is the ideal place for students, families and couples to call home.

Columbus apartments for rent can be found across the city, and it isn't hard to find a place that will suit any renter's needs. The city's distinct charm and appeal draw in new residents from across the country.

Living in Columbus, IN

Since its founding in 1821, Columbus has served as an attractive option for newcomers in search of a unique, business-friendly city. Soon after citizens started to move in, trade routes were established with big cities such as Madison, Chicago, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. These trade routes, along with a brand-new river ferry, encouraged more growth, and many manufacturing and industrial companies began to build their factories in Columbus.

Columbus kept growing through the years, and it has solidified itself as a successful and desirable community in Indiana. Its population of just under 45,000 residents makes it large enough to offer great amenities, but small enough to keep the small-town atmosphere residents cherish.

Columbus Work and Study

Indiana Wesleyan University has a campus located right next to downtown Columbus, making it easy for students to attend this evangelical Christian university. With multiple programs available, such as business, nursing and education, there is something at the Columbus campus for almost everyone. Those who seek a degree in technology will find that Purdue University's College of Technology has a campus in Columbus, allowing students to pursue engineering degrees without leaving the city. With more than 30,000 alumni across the globe, this technology program is one of the most revered in the country.

Because Columbus made a name for itself as a business-friendly city, it has attracted several large companies. These businesses employ a significant number of locals and include Cummins, Columbus Regional Hospital, NTN Driveshaft, Faurecia and Toyota.

Rentals in Columbus, IN, and Cost of Living

Columbus residents enjoy a low cost of living when compared to citizens of other cities in the country. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that rents in Columbus vary greatly. Residents can expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $1,250 per month for apartments in Columbus. The same data show that the median gross monthly rent is $747.

Columbus Attractions and Special Events

One of the most exciting annual events in Columbus is the Ethnic Expo. Every year, thousands head to the downtown area to enjoy the free outdoor festival. Originally founded to celebrate the city's unique and diverse heritage, the Ethnic Expo features exotic food, cultural exhibits, live entertainment, fireworks and even a parade. Residents look forward to the family-friendly event and can experience the world without ever leaving Columbus.

Enjoy fresh produce and unique goods by heading over to the Columbus Farmer's Market, which runs throughout the summer. Besides using a trip to the market as an opportunity to stock the kitchen with local produce, baked goods and fresh flowers, residents can enjoy the market's live music and guest chef appearances.

Columbus is a part of Arts Road 46, a stretch of communities known for their unique culture and art scenes. There are plenty of cultural activities in this small city, and it has made a name for itself for being a beautiful and charming art-filled town. Enjoy its modern architecture and public art scattered around the city, as well as the area's one-of-a-kind boutiques and independent shops.

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