This is Columbus
Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding metropolitan area, is one of the fastest growing metros in the United States and the second largest metropolitan area in the state, ranking just behind Cincinnati. Columbus is in the center of the state, in Franklin County and the region is made up of 11 counties surrounding Columbus.
Columbus is growing very fast. Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau said Columbus added 15,429 residents between July 2016 and July 2017, giving it the seventh largest population bump in the U.S. in that period among large cities and the biggest gain of any Midwest city. The region is preparing for a projected 1 million new residents in the next 30 years, many of which are expected to be in the technology space. In the past eight years Columbus has added over 150,000 net new jobs to the economy and it is not slowing down.
The Central Ohio Region is also the headquarters for major national and international brands, including Huntington Bank, Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health, White Castle restaurants, Wendy’s restaurants, Victoria’s Secret, L Brands, Abercrombie and Fitch, Safelite Autoglass, DSW, Ohio State University, and most offices of the state government. These companies employ thousands of technology workers and are well known for innovation. Columbus is also the home to a major technology hub for JP Morgan Chase.
According to a new study by SmartAsset, Columbus is the top U.S. city for tech workers. The study found that over 4% of all workers in Columbus work in tech, and that those workers make about 1.8 times what non-tech workers do.
The Central Ohio region enjoys very low unemployment (under 3% in 2018) and has a huge demand for technology workers. Apprenti is helping to bridge the tech talent gap in Central Ohio.