This central Ohio city consistently lands at or near the top of rankings that list the best places to work, live and raise a family. It’s also an affordable retirement spot and has been named one of America's most financially successful metro areas by Bloomberg Businessweek. Clearly, Columbus is ideally suited to people of every age and stage of life, especially when it comes to affordability. Columbus homes for sale currently list at a median price of $159,900; popular neighborhoods include Victorian Village, Downtown Columbus and Olde Town East.

Originally an industrial hub, Columbus has morphed into a corporate stronghold in recent decades. In fact, mega-successful companies like Nationwide Insurance and Wendy’s call the city home. Columbus is also delightfully diverse, with something to suit almost everyone. The city, surrounded by scenic Amish country, boasts a booming craft beer industry, museums, music, theater and much more.

Columbus wins points for walkability, an effort facilitated by the addition of the Scioto Mile, 33 acres of parkland situated in downtown. Multi-use trails make it a wonderful nature retreat in the heart of the city. Families in particular will enjoy the acclaimed Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus Children’s Theater and the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Of course, there’s no shortage of festivals and events on the calendar, from Columbus Chinese Lantern Festival and the All-American Quarter Horse Congress to Fashion Week Columbus.

Home to The Ohio State University, Columbus residents root on their beloved Buckeyes, as well as local pro teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets (hockey), Columbus Crew (soccer) and Columbus Clippers (baseball).