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Old 09-30-2014, 08:53 PM
 
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I have lived in Cbus for less than a year and I find that it is difficult to make friends if you are not part of a church or some other religious organization and if you are over 40. The people that I work with think that it is odd that I do not go to church and have told me on several occasions that everyone goes to church. I know Cbus is an extremely conservative city but I didn't think it was this conservative. I also find that people are not as friendly if you don't have family here or are a native to Cbus. Is anyone else having the same experience?
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:06 PM
 
Location: OH
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I have lived in Cbus for less than a year and I find that it is difficult to make friends if you are not part of a church or some other religious organization and if you are over 40. The people that I work with think that it is odd that I do not go to church and have told me on several occasions that everyone goes to church. I know Cbus is an extremely conservative city but I didn't think it was this conservative. I also find that people are not as friendly if you don't have family here or are a native to Cbus. Is anyone else having the same experience?
Columbus is far from conservative with one of the largest LGBT communities in the country, and certainly the state. Franklin County regularly leans blue during election seasons. Delaware County may be described as conservative but Franklin County and Columbus are more liberal than conservative.

I will say Columbus is a protestant town - as opposed to Catholic or Jewish. In my experience protestants tend to believe in their faith a little more than the aforementioned self-described adherents. It may be the predominance of protestant adherents in Columbus that is giving you the impression it is overly religious.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:20 PM
 
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I am wondering if you don't have kids? We don't go to church and have found many friends through our kids' schools and activities. I do know some churchy people and we tactfully avoid that topic since I am not Christian. It hasn't ever been a problem for us. It may also depend on what area of town you are living in?
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:39 AM
 
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I have lived in Cbus for less than a year and I find that it is difficult to make friends if you are not part of a church or some other religious organization and if you are over 40. The people that I work with think that it is odd that I do not go to church and have told me on several occasions that everyone goes to church. I know Cbus is an extremely conservative city but I didn't think it was this conservative. I also find that people are not as friendly if you don't have family here or are a native to Cbus. Is anyone else having the same experience?
Check out some interest groups on meetup.com. Not saying that you will definitely find friends there but at least you should be able to find similar minded people to hang out with once in a while. Cultivating a friendship takes more than that but at least it will give you a start.
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Columbus
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not everyone goes to church. they are telling you that in hopes you join their church.


at my work it's rare to find someone who does go to church.
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Ohio social life in general is centered around two locales: bars and churches (depending on your persuasion). You can always look in the free papers, Craigslist or meetup.com to find social activities with like-minded individuals.
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I would say anyone who did not graduate OSU or is not a Buckeye fan is at a disadvantage here. People go a bit overboard here.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:28 PM
 
Location: OH
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I would say anyone who did not graduate OSU or is not a Buckeye fan is at a disadvantage here. People go a bit overboard here.
Amen to that. Don't forget not fawning over the Buckeyes every Monday morning and Friday afternoon is a sure way to damage your career if the boss is a Bucks fan, and many are.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Eh, I'm not an OSU fan and I haven't had problems making friends or advancing in the workplace. That said, I don't tend to hang around boring people whose lives revolve around a sports team. I'm a huge sports fan, but there's way more to life than OSU...
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Old 10-02-2014, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Columbus
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I'm a huge Michigan State fan and find good company with OSU fans mainly because we both hate UofM. B1G title game last year was fun though around work. I was the only one smiling.
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