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Columbus is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio. The broader metropolitan area encompasses several counties and is the third largest in Ohio behind Cincinnati and Cleveland. Columbus is the third largest city in the American Midwest, and the 15th largest city in the United States of America. It is the county seat of Franklin County,[12] yet the city has expanded and annexed portions of adjoining Delaware County and Fairfield County. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology. Modern Columbus has emerged as a technologically sophisticated city. It is home to the world’s largest private research and development foundation, the Battelle Memorial Institute; CAS, or Chemical Abstracts Service, the world’s largest clearinghouse of chemical information; NetJets, the world’s largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet; and The Ohio State University, the nation’s largest campus.[13]

In 2009, BusinessWeek named the city as the best place in the country to raise a family.[14] Forbes Magazine in 2008 ranked the city as the no. 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation,[15] and the city was ranked a top ten city by Relocate America in 2010.[16][17] In 2007, fDi Magazine ranked the city no. 3 in the U.S. for cities of the future,[18] and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was rated no. 1 in 2009 by USA Travel Guide.[19]

In 2008, MarketWatch named Columbus as the 7th best place to do business in the nation.[20] In 2011, the city had five corporations named to the U.S. Fortune 500 list including Nationwide Mutual Insurance CompanyAmerican Electric PowerLimited Brands, Momentive Specialty Chemicals, and Big Lots.[21] Major foreign corporations operating or with divisions in the city include Germany-based Siemens and Roxane LaboratoriesFinland-based VaisalaJapan-based Techneglas, Inc., Tomasco Mulciber Inc., and A Y Manufacturing, as well as Switzerland-based ABB Group and Mettler Toledo.

The population of the city was 787,033 at the 2010 census.[9] Although Columbus is the most populous city in Ohio, this is due to the city’s relatively large territory (over 212 square miles (550 km2)), and not due to a high density rate. This explains why the Columbus metropolitan area has a relatively small population, and is smaller than both the Cleveland and Cincinnati metro areas. In 2008, Columbus was the 16th largest city in the United States, with 754,885 residents, but has only the 32nd largestmetropolitan area, and the third most populous state capital in the U.S. 2008 estimates indicate that roughly 116,000 of the city’s residents are foreign-born, accounting for 82% of the new residents between 2000-2006.[22][23]According to the U.S. Census, the metropolitan area has a population of 1,773,120, and the Combined Statistical Area (which also includes Marion and Chillicothe) has a population of 2,031,229.[24] Columbus is located within 550 miles (890 km) of half of the population of the United States.[25]

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There are dozens of neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio. Some are hard to define, as they encompass large areas developed at different times—often with sub-neighborhoods within them. Borders can also change based on popular understanding of the area, as well as the whims of the residents. This article uses data from the Datasourcecolumbus Web site,,[1],[2] as well as the various Columbus Area Commissions to define the various areas. Excerpts and border information are drawn directly from the main articles.

Arena District

Main article: Arena District

The Arena District is a mixed-use urban infill, master planned development located in Downtown Columbus. It is characterized by its New Urbanism layout, mixed-use, and neo-classical American design. The architecture is of the Chicago School style, being influenced by Daniel Burnham in particular. It features a variety of restaurants, office space, entertainment venues and residencies. The neighborhood centers around Nationwide Arena.

Argyle Park

Argyle Park is an area near North Central bounded by E. Hudson Street on the north, Woodland Avenue on the east, E. 17th and E. 26th avenues on the south, and Billiter Blvd. on the west.


Berwick is bordered by Livingston Avenue to the north, Alum Creek to the west, I-70 to the south, and S. James Road to the east. It is a middle class neighborhood made up of a diverse racial and religious population on the eastside just south of the suburb of Bexley.

Berwin (Berwick Manor)

Berwin or Berwick Manor is bordered by Livingston Avenue to the north, S. James Road to the west, I-70 to the south, and the abandoned railroad line that lies just east of Bostwick Road to the east.

Brewery District

Main article: Brewery District

The Brewery District is a neighborhood located just south of the central business district and has a history stretching nearly 200 years. It is bounded by I-70 on the north, N. High or Pearl Street on the east, Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and the Scioto River on the west. In recent years, redevelopment has taken place on a large scale, with numerous restaurants, bars, and even a grocery store coming to the area. It is sometimes referred to as being part of the greater German Village.


Briggsdale is a neighborhood on the west/southwest side. It runs all along Briggs Road and can be defined as the entire area bounded by Clime Road on the south, Demorest Road on the west, Brown Road on the east, and Briggs Road, Eakin Road, and Hopkins Avenue on the north, with S. Hague Avenue on the northwest binding Eakin and Briggs roads. It is the area of South Hilltop and the northern Southwest side.

Brittany Hills

Brittany Hills is a neighborhood on the central-northeast side. Developed about 40 years ago, it is bounded on the north by Mock Road, on the east by Sunbury Road and Alum Creek, on the south by Bethesda Avenue, and on the west by Brentnell Avenue.[3]

Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek is a neighborhood on the westside. It contains the Lincoln Park apartments and the Westview apartments. It is bounded on the east by the I-270 Outerbelt, on the north by Sullivant Avenue, on the west by Norton Road, and on the south by Hall Road.

Clinton Estates

Clinton Estates is a neighborhood of 718 houses built in the 1950s made up mainly of cape cods, ranches and split level homes. It is bordered by Morse Road to the north and Cooke Road to the south. Maize Road borders it on the west and Karl Road borders it on the east. It boasts a very active Civic Association and Block Watch, (Clinton Estates Civic Association). It is considered part of the larger Northland area.

The neighborhood has several churches located within its boundaries and includes Brookhaven High School and Maize Elementary as well. It annually holds its Neighborhood Blast (a community garage sale) that is well attended by the community.


Clintonville is in north-central Columbus with around 28,000 residents. Since Clintonville is an informal neighborhood, there are no formally recognized borders. The southern border is loosely defined as Arcadia Avenue or the Glen Echo Ravine. To the east, either I-71 or the adjacent railroad tracks are commonly accepted. The western boundary is assumed to be the Olentangy River. The northern border of Clintonville is the most ambiguous, with definitions anywhere in the three-mile (5 km) stretch from Cooke Road to the southern border of Worthington. The Clintonville Area Commission recognizes Worthington as its northern border.[4]

Residential districts in Clintonville are divided into three distinct (and unofficial) areas: South Clintonville, North Clintonville, and Beechwold.

Dennison Place (The Circles)

Dennison Place is part of the Ohio State University District, and adjacent to Victorian Village. Its boundaries consist of King Avenue to the north, High Street to the east, Fifth Avenue to the south, and Perry Street to the west.

Discovery District

The Discovery District located in the eastern part of Downtown Columbus. It is bordered by the innerbelt on the north, east, and south sides, while Sixth Street makes the western border. Within the area are many cultural institutions, including the Columbus Museum of ArtColumbus College of Art and Design, as well as Franklin UniversityCapital University Law School and Columbus State Community College.

Downtown Columbus

Downtown Columbus is the Central Business District of Columbus. The area centers around the intersection of Broad and High streets and is the home of most of the largest buildings in Columbus. It is bordered by I-670 on the north, St. Clair Avenue, N. Garfield Avenue, and Parsons Avenue on the east, Livingston Avenue and I-70 on the south, and the Scioto River on the west. Nearby is the State Capitol, the Ohio TheatrePalace TheatreSouthern Theatre, and COSI. In the Northwest area is the Arena District, a mixed use development centered around the Nationwide Arena. The Discovery District is virtually everything east of Fifth and Sixth streets to the highways, including the historic Downtown residential neighborhood in the southeast corner, centered on Town Street and Franklin Avenue. Just to the west of downtown is Franklinton, also sometimes known as The Bottoms; to the east the Olde Towne East; to the north, The Short North and Victorian Village; and to the south German Village and the Brewery District.

Driving Park

Main article: Driving Park

Driving Park is an urban residential area on the Near East Side. Just south of I-70, it neighbors many notable areas including Livingston Park, Old Oaks Historic District, Bryden Road Historic District and the King-Lincoln Bronzeville District, all with the common thread of the notable Livingston Avenue Corridor which was part of one of Columbus’ first street car suburbs. When the neighborhood is referenced, its boundaries generally consist of Mooberry Street on the north, Alum Creek Drive on the east, E. Whittier Street on the south, and Parsons Avenue to the west. The Driving Park Area Commission recognizes the neighborhood’s borders as Interstate 70 on the north, N & W Railroad on the east, E. Whittier Street on the south, and Struder Avenue on the west.[5] Further reference places the community directly in between Bexley and German Village.

East Broad Street

The East Broad Street Historic District is a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It includes the section of Broad Street from Ohio Avenue on the west to Monypenny Street on the east.

East Columbus (Eastside)

Main article: East Columbus, Ohio

East Columbus is a very large area that can be defined as the area bounded by I-70, I-670, and the eastern city limits that stretch miles outside the city outerbelt (I-270). Generally, the eastside is separate from the Near East Side, with the near east side being the area closer to Downtown Columbus.


Developed in 1916, Eastgate neighborhood includes Nelson Park, Eastgate Elementary School, and the intersection of Broad Street and Nelson Road.[6]


The Eastland area is centered around the Eastland Mall, located just south of I-70. The I-270 outerbelt splits right through the area.


On the east side, Eastmoor is bounded by East Broad Street on the north, Maplewood Avenue and the train tracks on the east, East Livingston Avenue on the south, and Kenwick and South Gould roads on the west. It is bisected by South James Road.

Easton Area

The Easton area is centered around the Easton Town Center. It is a popular destination for local business and for entertainment. Notable roads and highways include I-270, Easton Way, Morse Road, and Stelzer Roads.


Edgewood is bordered by Lockbourne Road to the east, Thurman Avenue to the north, Champion Avenue to the west, and Marion Road to the south. It is just east of Lincoln Park.

Far North

Far North is a neighborhood north of the outerbelt. It is bordered by E. Powell Road on the north, N. Cleveland Avenue and I-71 on the east, I-270 on the south, and the west border of the Highbanks Metro Park on the west.

Far South

Far South is a neighborhood bordered just north of Frank Road/SR 104 on the north, Alum Creek on the east, I-270 Outerbelt/city limits on the south, and the Scioto River on the west.[7]

Fifth by Northwest

Also sometimes referred to as 5XNW or the Tri-Village area, this neighborhood is just north of Grandview Heights.[8] It is bordered by Kinnear Road on the north, the Olentangy River on the east, East Third Avenue on the south, and Wyandotte Road on the West.[9]


Main article: Flytown

Flytown was a neighborhood just northwest of downtown Columbus, encompassing portions of the present-day Arena District and western sections of the Victorian Village. In the 19th-century it was considered the center of the Irish American community in the city after the arrival of immigrants fleeing the Great Famine, and Naughten Street, now Nationwide Boulevard, was nicknamed the “Irish Broadway.”

Forest Park

Located between State Route 161 and Morse Road, this neighborhood was built out in the 1960s and 1970s. Among its unique features are Tamarack Circle, a large roundabout as well as a YMCA branch. It is considered part of the larger Northlandarea.


Franklinton is a neighborhood bordered by the Scioto River on the north and east, Harmon Avenue on the east, Stimmel Road and Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and Interstate 70 on the west.[10] W. Broad Street, or US 40, is one of the country’s first roads and is Franklinton’s main throughway. It is the neighborhood immediately west of Downtown. It gets its colorful nickname of “The Bottoms” because much of the land lies below the level of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and a floodwall is required to contain the rivers and protect the area from devastating floods. Just to the west of Franklinton is a group of smaller neighborhoods commonly referred to as “The Hilltop.”

German Village

Main article: German Village

German Village is a historic neighborhood just south of Downtown. It was settled by a large number of German immigrants in the mid-19th century, who at one time comprised as much as a third of the population of the entire city. It has a commercial strip mainly centered along Third Street, with mostly locally owned restaurants—such as Katzinger’s Delicatessen—and the 32-room Book Loft bookstore, as well as the tall-steepled St. Mary Catholic Church constructed in 1868. The village is mostly a residential neighborhood of sturdy, red-brick homes with wrought iron fences along tree-lined, brick-paved streets. At the southern end of German Village, is Schiller Park, named after Friedrich von Schiller, which was once a community meeting ground for the German settlement. It is now the site of recreational facilities, gardens and an amphitheater, which hosts free live performances of Shakespearean plays during the summer months courtesy of the Actor’s Theatre. Along with the Short North, it is considered a predominantly gay neighborhood.

Georgian Heights

Main article: Georgian Heights

Georgian Heights neighbors Holly Hill. The two are bounded together by Sullivant Avenue on the north, Clime Road on the south, Georgesville Road on the west, and Demorest Road on the east. Georgian Heights has a youth travel football team called the Georgian Heights Packers. The neighborhood is generally lower-middle class.


Forming a triangular-shaped area on the southeast side, this neighborhood is bordered by I-70 on the north, Courtright Road on the east, and US 33 on the south and west.

Glen Echo

Glen Echo is a neighborhood located in the far northern part of the University District in Columbus, Ohio. The name Glen Echo refers to the Glen Echo Ravine, which runs along the northern edge of the neighborhood. Principal streets in the area are Summit Street, North Fourth Street, Glen Mawr Avenue, and Arcadia Avenue. One street, Parkview Drive, was platted in the ravine basin, but was later abandoned.

A 1909 Ohio State publication described the new north side park as a place of beauty where large oak and elm trees shaded a wading pond, five small lakes connected by a single stream, rustic benches, foot bridges and springs lined with cobblestones. Glen Echo’s picturesque environs hosted picnic dinners, equestrians and motorists who enjoyed this oasis of greenery.

Most of the homes in Glen Echo Neighborhood were built between 1909 and 1943 and include Craftsman style bungalows, Shingle Style, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival, many with front and/or sleeping porches. Most homes, however are not “high style” structures, and would be classified as either traditional American Four-Square or American vernacular in style. The homes are a mix of single and double units with a high home-owner occupancy rate. Grassy boulevards are features of Glen Mawr Avenue and N. Fourth Street; these elliptical islands are classified as parks with the Columbus Department of Recreation. Stone stanchions and street furniture are a hallmark of Glen Mawr Avenue. The 1997 listing of the neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places was made based on the neighborhood’s overall fabric as a middle class development, rather than as a collection of high style architecture.

Hardesty Heights

Hardesty Heights is located on the west side of the city, and the most western part of the neighborhood is also the city limits. Its eastern border is Norton Road, and it is directly across from Cherry Creek; the neighborhood is townhouse-type condominiums, which all also have carports. It is in Precinct 10 of the Columbus Police Department. They have their own security along with CPD Patrol.

Harrison West

Main article: Harrison West

Harrison West is a historic, urban neighborhood located north and near west of Downtown. The neighborhood character is similar to the better-known Victorian Village just to the east. The area is bounded by Harrison Avenue on the east, Goodale Street on the South, Fifth Avenue on the north, and Olentangy River Road to the west (including “Gowdy Field”). In January 2008, the neighborhood expanded to include all of “Thurber Village” to the south east.

Developed from the Neil Farm in the early 20th century, Harrison West is characterized by Victorian and Edwardian-style homes, although the housing stock is generally more modest than the grand homes found in Victorian Village proper. Frame houses are more common than brick. Just south of Harrison West, the similar “Flytown” was destroyed during “slum clearance” in the 1960s and replaced by I-670 and the “James Thurber Village” apartment and business area. Today, some of the homes have been split into rented apartments, while others remain as historical landmarks. Still others have since been purchased and restored to their original style.


The Hilltop is a geographic area on the west side of the city. It was so named because it sits atop a rise that slopes down into the Scioto RiverHighland West, Wilshire Heights and Westgate are included within the Greater Hilltop area. It borders on Franklinton. The “Greater Hilltop Area” (as defined by the City of Columbus) is bounded by I-70 on the north, B & O Railway to the east and south, and the I-270 Outerbelt on the south and west.[11] Its main thoroughfares are W. Broad Street (US 40) — upon which two welcome signs for the neighborhood sit (one near I-70 and one near Wilson Road) — Mound Street and Hague Avenue.

Holly Hill

Holly Hill is a small area just east of Georgian Heights in West Columbus. The neighborhood is a traditional 1960’s suburban neighborhood consisting of mostly brick ranch houses and some bi-level houses.

Hungarian Village

Main article: Hungarian Village

The Hungarian Village is a neighborhood south of downtown Columbus between the Merion Village and Reeb- Hosack/Steelton Village, encompassing the area between Woodrow and Hinman Avenues between High Street and Parsons Avenue. At the turn of the 20th-century, the village became home to HungarianCroatian, and Italian immigrants, as well as refugees fleeing the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Indianola Forest and Iuka Ravine

This area is part of the Ohio State University District and runs from Lane Avenue to Woodruff Avenue and is bisected by Indianola Avenue between High and North Fourth streets.

Innis Gardens

This area is bordered by Lockbourne Road to the west, Moler Road to the north, Fairwood Avenue to the east, and Innis Avenue to the south. It is just east of Edgewood.

Italian Village

Italian Village is a historic district located in the near north side of the city, adjacent to the central business district. The area is bounded by I-670 on the south, Fifth Avenue on the north, N. High Street on the west, and the Conrail railroad tracks to the east.

King-Lincoln Bronzeville

Just east of Downtown Columbus, this area is bordered by the Mount Vernon neighborhood and Atcheson Street on the north, 20th Street on the east, Olde Towne East and Broad Street on the south, and I-71 on the west. The area was at one time much larger, including parts of what is now theDiscovery District. The creation of I-71 significantly cut the area off from Downtown, causing socioeconomic decline and the growth of crime and violence. The neighborhood has become the focus of the city’s revitalization efforts which include renovation of the historic Lincoln Theatre, construction of new condos and expansion of retail space along Mt. Vernon Avenue and Long Street, which hosts the annual Long Street Tour cycling event.

Lincoln Park

This area is bordered by Parsons Avenue to the west, Frebis Avenue to the north, Champion Avenue to the east, and Woodrow Avenue to the south.

Lincoln Village

Main article: Lincoln Village, Ohio

Just east of New Rome, this is the area north of West Broad from Doctors West until I-270. It is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prairie Township and is centered near the intersection of US 40 and the I-270 Outerbelt on the westside.


Main article: Linden, Columbus, Ohio

Linden is a neighborhood in the northeastern part of the city. It extends south to north from the CSX right-of-way south of Bonham Avenue to East Cook and Ferris Roads and west to east from the CSX right-of-way west of Silver Drive and Interstate 71 to Joyce Avenue and the nearby CSX right-of-way.[12][13] The neighborhood is officially bounded on the south, west and east by Conrail-operated railroads. Hudson Street divides the neighborhood into North and South Linden. The two main high schools in the Linden area are Brookhaven (north Linden) and Linden McKinley (south Linden). Linden McKinley is being rebuilt and will be reopened in 2013.


Linworth is the historical name for the area in and around the intersection of State Route 161 and Linworth Road, bordered on the west by Brookside Estates and the OSU airport and on the east by State Route 315. The area received its name due to its location, between Dublin (dub-lin) andWorthington (worth-ington). The west part of Linworth is now in Columbus, and the east part (home to the Linworth Alternative Program school) is in Worthington.

Livingston Avenue

The Livingston Avenue area is a neighborhood bounded by Interstate-70 on the north, Alum Creek on the east, E. Livingston Avenue and E. Whittier Street on the south, and Lehman Street and Kennedy Drive on the west.[14]


Just north of Linden, this neighborhood encompasses the area south of Morse Road and north of Cooke Road. I-71 borders it on the west and Maize Road borders it on the east. It is considered part of the larger Northland area.

In recent years, the area has seen a rebirth following decline, including new commercial investments.[15] A $13 million animal shelter project in Northland Village is slated for completion in 2011.[15]

The city has also contributed to the revitalization with tax abatements for businesses and road projects, including new bike lanes and sidewalks, with their total investment in the neighborhood amounting to $49.3 million.[16]

Merion Village

Just south of German Village, Merion Village is a neighborhood with homes mostly from around the turn of the 20th century.

McKinley Avenue Corridor

The McKinley Avenue Corridor in a neighborhood bounded by Trabue Road on the north, Dublin Road/US 33 on the northeast, SR 315 on the west, McKinley Avenue and I-70 on the south, and N. Hague Avenue on the west.


This area is bordered by Fairwood Avenue to the west, Moler Road to the north, Universal Road to the south, and Progress Road to the east. It is just east of Innis Gardens.


This area is bordered by the CSX right-of-way south of 1st Avenue and I-670 to the south, the CSX right-of-way west of Penny Street to the west, 11th Avenue and the CSX right-of-way norht of Camden Avenue to the north, and the CSX right-of-way east of Kessler Street to the east.[17]

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon lies within the historic Near East Side community. It borders Interstates 71 and 670. Its main thoroughfares, Mount Vernon Avenue, Long Street, Atcheson Street, and Champion Avenue define the community’s limits.

Murray Hill

This area is often included in Cherry Creek, Murray Hill is a street in a neighborhood on the westside. It is part of the Lincoln Village subdivision and is colloquially known as Lincoln Village. It is bounded by W. Broad Street on the north, Sullivant Avenue on the south, S. Grener Avenue on the east, and Redmond and Hiler roads on the west.

Near East Side

The Near East Side is an area made up several historic neighborhoods on the eastside. Some neighborhoods making up the area include: Mount Vernon, Nelson Park, Eastgate, Beatty Park, Bexley (annexed), Olde Towne EastOld OaksDriving Park, and Bryden Road. Today it is bordered by the Contrail railway on the north, Alum Creek on the east, Interstate 70 and Livingston Avenue on the south, and Interstate 71 on the west.[18] It is bisected by Main Street, also known as the National Road. This area is in Precincts 6, 12, and 5 of the Columbus Division of Police.

Near Southside

The Near Southside is a neighborhood bounded by I-70 on the north and east, Frebis Avenue on the south, and Parsons Avenue on the west.


The NECKO neighborhood is a small neighborhood bounded by Neil Avenue, W. Eighth Avenue, Cannon Drive, and King Avenue. Part of the historic E.J. McMillen Homestead Addition, NECKO is located between the Ohio State University Medical Center and Battelle Memorial Institute. Predominately a residential neighborhood, the variety of homes in NECKO ranges from elaborate, prestigious homes to simpler, classic motifs and grew out of the diversity of income levels of residents and changes in building styles over four decades of construction. Now part of the Near North Side Historic District, NECKO is recognized as significant for its eclectic architectural styling and unique neighborhood layout.

North Central

This area is bordered by Hudson Street and Mock Road on the north; Alum Creek on the east; the Conrail Railway and Interstate 670 on the south; and the Conrail Railway and 17th, Joyce, and 25th avenues on the west.[19]


Northcrest is a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city. It is bounded by Bethel Road on the north, Reed Road on the east, Henderson Road on the south, and Woodrun Blvd. on the west.

Northern Woods

Found on the northeast side of the city, this neighborhood is bordered by the I-270 Outerbelt on the north and east, Minerva Park on the south, and the Northgate neighborhood on the west.


The Northeast is bordered by Morse Road on the north, the I-270 outerbelt on the east, I-670 and Mock Road on the south, and Sunbury and Westerville roads on the west.


Just north of Forest Park, this neighborhood is bordered by I-270 on the north, the Northern Woods neighborhood on the east, and Karl Road on the west.


The Northland area is bordered mostly by the I-270 outerbelt and Dublin-Granville Road/SR 161 on the north (some areas go as north as the Hoover Reservoir), New Albany on the east, Morse and Cooke roads on the south, and Sinclair Road and Busch Blvd. on the west. The neighborhood got its name from the Northland Mall.


The Northwest area is a large area north of Upper Arlington extending north of the I-270 outerbelt and is bordered by SR 315 on the east, Henderson Road on the south, and Riverside Drive/US 33/Olentangy River on the west.

Northwood Park

The Northwood & Oakland Avenue area (sometimes referred to as Northwood Park) is located in the northern University Area and is bounded by Patterson Avenue to the north and Northwood Avenue to the south and Pearl Alley to the west and Indianola Avenue to the east. It is sometimes considered to go as far north as Blake Ave.

The homes are traditionally American Four Square with some Classical, Prairie, Colonial, and Craftsman mixed in to create a unique tree-lined neighborhood. The neighborhood is known for its strong sense of community, large homes, beautiful gardens and brick alleys. It also has a very high percentage of owner occupancy. Northwood Park has been designated as a historical district.

Old North Columbus

Main article: Old North Columbus

Old North Columbus commonly refers to the area north of Lane Avenue to the Glen Echo Ravine, extending east to Silver Drive and west to Olentangy River Road, including the Union Cemetery in the University District. Olde North Columbus includes several smaller neighborhoods within these general boundaries, including the Iuka Ravine, Indianola Forest, Oakland & Northwood Avenue, and Glen Echo. The neighborhood now has arches with its name on N. High Street at Lane Avenue and Arcadia Avenue.

Old Oaks

Old Oaks is a historic district that is located just east of Downtown Columbus. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by Mooberry Street, on the east by the homes on Kimball Place, on the south by Livingston Avenue, and on the west by the homes on Ohio Avenue.

It neighbors many notable areas including Livingston Park, Bryden Road Historic District and Driving Park, all with the common thread of the notable Livingston Avenue Corridor which was part of one of Columbus’ first street car suburbs.

Architecture styles include American Four-Squares in Mission and Neoclassical Revival styles, as well as Modified Queen Anne’s.

Olde Towne East

Main article: Olde Towne East

Olde Towne East is a neighborhood located in the historical Near East Side. It is one of Columbus’ oldest neighborhoods. Nestled between DowntownBexleyOld Oaks and Driving Park. The area has over 1,000 homes, some as old as the 1830s, and more than 50 architectural styles includingItalianateQueen Anne and Victorian.


Olentangy is a neighborhood that takes its name from the Olentangy River. Also called West Olentangy and Olentangy River Road, it is generally bordered by W. North Broadway Street on the north, the Olentangy River on the east, W. Lane Avenue on the south, and Upper Arlington on the west.

Olentangy River Road

Between the Olentangy Freeway/SR 315 and the Olentangy River is a small neighborhood north of the Ohio State University campus. It is bordered by E. North Broadway Street on the north and W. Lane Avenue on the south. It is bisected by Olentangy River Road, Ackerman Road, and W. Dodridge Street.


This is the area between Reeb Avenue and Hosack Street on the south side. It is bordered on the west and east ends by S. High Street and Parsons Avenue.


On the southwest side, one finds this neighborhood bordered by I-270, Alkire Road, State Route 3, and Clime Road.

River South District

This area is located along the river in the southwest of Downtown Columbus.

San Margherita

Main article: San Margherita, Ohio

San Margherita is an unincorporated neighborhood that may be in danger of vanishing. Though most of the locally-owned businesses in the neighborhood have been demolished to make way for widening roads and commercial development, the remaining houses in San Margherita still retain their original character. Most of the simple homes sit on an acre (4,000m²) of land, giving it a somewhat rural feeling, and backyard vineyards planted by the original residents are still maintained today.

Schumacher Place

Main article: Schumacher Place


This was a small area centered around the intersection of Lane Avenue and Kenny Road on what is now the West Campus of The Ohio State University. Although much of the neighborhood was demolished to make way for State Route 315, a few buildings remain, including the ruins of the Laneview school.

Short North

Main article: Short North

The Short North is a neighborhood centered on the main strip of High Street immediately north of Downtown and extending until just south of the Ohio State University campus area.

The Short North is heavily populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, and coffee houses. It is considered Columbus’s main gay neighborhood. Most of its tightly packed brick buildings date from at least the early 20th century, with traditional storefronts along High Street (often with brightly painted murals on their side walls), and old apartment buildings and rowhouses and newer condominium developments in the surrounding blocks. The city installed 17 lighted metal archways extending across High Street throughout the Short North, reminiscent of such arches present in the area in the early 20th century.

South Alum Creek

South Alum Creek is a neighborhood in the southwest part of the city. It is bounded by Refugee Road on the north, US 33/SR 317 on the northeast, the I-270 southwest, and the railroad tracks on the west.

South Central Accord

Lying just south of the I-270 outerbelt, the South Central Accord covers a large area containing the Village of LockbourneScioto Downs, and parts of the Rickenbacker International Airport. Its eastern borders include Parsons Avenue and Alum Creek Drive.

South End

Main article: South Columbus, Ohio

The South End consists of numerous urban and suburban areas south of Downtown. It is part of the native Columbus geographical terminology of the large residential urban communities outside downtown, including German Village. The area is defined as the entire southeastern portion of Columbus, bordered by the Scioto River to the west, bounded by I-70 to the north, and includes the southern city limit municipalities beyond the I-270 Outerbelt, such as GroveportLockbourneObetz, and Canal Winchester, and the Rickenbacker International Airport.


The Southwest area is bounded by I-70 on the north, I-71 and S. High Street on the east, the I-270 outerbelt on the south, and Harrisburg Pike/US 62/SR3 on the west.

Swaynes Addition

This small neighborhood is just south of Downtown, its borders are Livingston Avenue to the north, S. 18th Street to the east, E. Columbus Street to the south, and S. Parsons Avenue to the west.

Taylor Station

Main article: Taylor Station


The Tri-South area is bounded by Frank Road/SR 104 on the north, Railroad tracks on the east, and Groveport Road on the southwest.


This area is part of the northern part of Grandview Heights.

University District

The University District, Columbus, Ohio is an area located two miles (3 km) north of Downtown Columbus that is home to the main campus of The Ohio State University, the Battelle Institute, and the James Cancer Center. It is generally accepted as the area bounded to the north by Clintonville at Glen Echo Ravine; to east by the ConRail railroad tracks; to the south by the Short North at Fifth Avenue and to the west by the Olentangy River.

Points of interest include, but are not limited to, the Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center. The district is Columbus’ most densely populated area and contains more than 650 businesses, human service agencies, churches, and schools. University District businesses include boutiques, mixed retail, several tattoo studios, the Landmark Gateway theater, and a diverse range of restaurants and bars.

University View

This neighborhood is part of the Tri-Village area, located just west of State Route 315 and the OSU campus. Nearly all the houses in this subdivision are of Cape Cod in style.

Uptown District

The Uptown District is near Downtown Columbus.

Victorian Village

Main article: Victorian Village

Victorian Village is a neighborhood located north and near west of Downtown. It is an older area with a fair number of established trees for an urban setting. Neil Avenue, a street running north/south and eventually crossing through the campus of The Ohio State University, is its main thoroughfare.

Weinland Park

On the near north side of the city in the University Area, this neighborhood is bordered by E. 12th Avenue on the north, the Big Four Railroad on the east, Italian Village on the south, and High Street on the west. It is currently going under transformation due to the Weinland Park Neighborhood Plan adopted by Columbus City Council in 2006. There are current newly renovated apartments and a plan is the works to turn the old factories and businesses into housing, a farmers market, a restaurant, and a food-processing center.

West Columbus

Main article: West Columbus, Ohio

West Columbus is sometimes referred to as westside. Unlike other Columbus neighborhoods, it is a broad geographical term used by locals rather than a subdivision or suburb. West Columbus is defined as the entire southwest side of Columbus, bordered on the north by I-70 and I-670, within I-71 on the east, and on the south and west by the city limits that reach several miles to the outside of the I-270 Outerbelt.


This area is bordered by Wilson Road to the west, W. Broad Street to the north, Sullivant Avenue to the south, and Hague Avenue to the east. Considered part of the Hilltop.

Westgate is a community nestled in the heart of the Hilltop, within the Greater Hilltop area. Westgate is one of the city’s most stable, picturesque and affordable historic neighborhoods.


The Westland area is bounded by W. Broad Street/US 40 on the north, the I-270 outerbelt on the east, Big Run Road on the southwest, and Galloway on the west.

Woodland Park

This is the area bordered by Taylor Avenue to the west, E. Broad Street to the south, Maryland Avenue to the north, and Nelson Road to the east.

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