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Old 06-10-2007, 08:55 PM
 
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What are the wealthiest/best parts of Columbus and surrounding suburbs? My parents may be moving there.

Also, what is Columbus like? Is it cosmopolitan and sophisticated? More laid back?

Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:14 PM
 
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Wealthy areas arc the northern side of the city. Going east to west this would be New Albany, parts of Westerville, Powell and Dublin. Closer to downtown, Bexley is an older generally affluent area on the east side of town, while Upper Arlington is a fairly large affluent area to the west.

How you perceive Columbus would largely depend on your prior experience. Downtown is very large in size, but has many parking lots and not at all congested, you can go through with little traffic even during rush hour. Ohio State University is a few miles north of downtown, and occupies a large area. Football dominates mid August through early January, assuming they go to a major bowl game. Columbus has a few large old theaters for shows. It has a fairly large contingent of lawyers, being the state capitol.
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY, USA
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This link goes to a map of Franklin County OH be median household income.
Looks like North of 70 and West of 71 is the most affluent

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Old 06-12-2007, 02:01 PM
 
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Default Westerville, Dublin, Lewis Center

I would have to say Westerville, Dublin, and Lewis Center (siblings reside in this area) are the wealthiest areas to live in Columbus.
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Bexley, Upper Arlington, Muirfield (Dublin Area), and New Albany. In that order are probably your richest.
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Columbus, central city
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Interesting,
they asked for the richest parts of columbus, yet people name rich suburbs or sections of the metro. It just says a lot about how people view the city versus metro.

For richest sections of columbus,
In the last 15 years a lot has changed, when speaking of the city limits.
The areas around downtown got a lot wealthier and the areas just north of downtown are booming now.

German Village and Victorian Village are very wealthy areas just north and south of downtown. The areas near Victorian Village are getting more expensive as well.

Italian Village and Harrison West are getting more wealthy are lye just north of downtown and near Victorian Village.

Clintonville and Beechwold have pockets of very wealthy homes in the middle of upper middle class homes and apartments.

These are the wealthiest areas of the traditional city limits of columbus, all with the exception of Clintonville/Beechwold are part of the recent gentrification craze.

Also, there is pockets of some very large expensive homes in other sections of the city, but the entire area is not viewed as "wealthy" (an example is Olde Town East where you can buy a large mansion (renovated) for 300,000 up, but there are still some cheap homes not renovated near by for 120,000 or less.

Also, sections of the city limits in the NW section of Columbus (henderson/bethel Rd.) are known for being upper middle class, and sections of the city limits that attend suburban schools like the areas of columbus that go to worthington and Dublin have some very large homes.


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would have to say Westerville, Dublin, and Lewis Center (siblings reside in this area) are the wealthiest areas to live in Columbus.
To clarify, Lewis Center is mostly middle class. Most of the homes there for price per square foot are much lower than sections of columbus, bexley, grandivew heights, worthington etc. etc. Also, Westerville is mostly middle class with maybe the perception of wealth, but areas near Polaris do consist of some larger homes.

And Dublin is mostly upper middle class, Powell on the other hand has some very large expensive homes, as well as some areas of Dublin near golf courses would qualify as actual high end wealth.


Also. To describe columbus is very much depends on where you live. If you live near downtown you might use the words hip, trendy, liberal. Out further suburban, nice, lots of malls/shopping restaurants.
Columbus has a lot of culture in a more laid back atmosphere. If you are fine with a few cultural events per week then you will find columbus a great place to be.
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Old 06-12-2007, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Ok, then try. Bexley, Upper Arlington, and German Village as your richest parts in the city.
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Suburban-sprawl hell (Columbus)
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Default Welcome to Central Ohio!

Columbus has a half dozen suburbs that qualify as elite by almost anyone's measure:

OLD MONEY
Bexley, Upper Arlington

NEW MONEY
Dublin, Powell, New Albany

MIXED MONEY (old and nouveau together)
Worthington

In recent years, some have considered parts of Westerville, Blacklick, Gahanna, even Hilliard and Lewis Center as possible entrants into the ranks of rarefied exclusivity, but overall none really have the concentration of wealth found in the "Big Six".

For upscale/prestige living in the city, there's German Village, Victorian Village and Old Beechwold.

As to whether Columbus is sophisticated or cosmopolitan, those terms mean different things to different people. One major drawback is the presence of OSU: if you're not into incessant, wall-to-wall rah! rah! O-H!!! I-O!!! sports talk, then general conversation with people in Columbus can be a real bore from about August to January each year.

In terms of "high culture" such as art and music, Columbus does have a good symphony, an opera company, a decent art museum (very strong in 19th-c. European and American art, impressionism) and the real crown jewel in my humble opinion: Franklin Park Conservatory.

The business climate here is pretty good; central Ohio is like a little capitalist oasis in the middle of a state that's largely infested with socialism and therefore "circling the bowl" economically. If anyplace in Ohio remains economically viable for the next 10-20 years, it'll be Columbus.

Hope this helps
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:37 PM
 
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Streetcreed & LancasterNative, you guys are absolutely right with your assesment of Columbus!
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Suburban-sprawl hell (Columbus)
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Interesting,
they asked for the richest parts of columbus, yet people name rich suburbs or sections of the metro. It just says a lot about how people view the city versus metro.
That's because people of greater means often choose not to live in a city. As bigger cities go, Columbus is relatively nice, and therefore it's the exception rather than the rule. The fact it has some classy older areas (infill) speaks to what a successful metro Columbus is...because some larger cities don't even have that!

Some of the wealthiest folks I've ever known actually live in the country...with all the open space, breathing room and lovely scenery. Upscale suburbs, while not as spacious as the countryside, still offer a nice taste of that beauty, tranquility and privacy to those who can afford it.

It's a pretty basic human instinct to avoid places that are crowded, dirty and/or dangerous...whether that's perception OR reality. People who have the means to do so tend to avoid urban crud and retreat to either suburbia, exurbia or non-urbia!

I don't begrudge them at all...
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