Columbus is considered one of the insurance capitals of the United States. It’s home to 70 insurance companies, according to City Data.
Fortune 500 retailers including Limited Brands and Big Lots are headquartered here, but the federal government is actually the third largest employer in the area, where it operates the military’s Defense Supply Center. Plus, rent is relatively cheap here.
Unemployment rate: 8.5%
Average income: $38,741
Number of Fortune 500 companies: 4
Metro area median rent: $710
Dining out: $311