Columbus on a hot streak for national recognition to start 2024

Columbus, Ohio has been placed on multiple lists that rank it among the top cities in the US for real estate, local business, and more.

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COSI continues to top national lists thanks to its dedicated fans and voters. | Photo by CBUStoday

Simply put: Columbus is the best... but we know we might be biased.

However, these national publications that are in charge of rankings, lists, and competitions are not. Check out all the headlines Columbus has made in 2024 from large-scale publications, proving we’re No. 1.

Real Estate

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, these publications are putting Columbus and the Buckeye State on the map.

  • Columbus was ranked the No. 3 hottest housing market heading into 2024 by Zillow.
  • Hilliard was named one of the top 10 hidden gem zip codes in the US by Opendoor.
  • Ohio was also ranked the No. 5 easiest state to sell a home in, according to CRM.
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See why Otherworld is near the top of one national publication’s competition. | Photo via @enter.otherworld


Each year, USAToday runs its 10Best competition where it asks its readers to vote the best cities for select categories. Naturally, Columbus is no stranger here:

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Avishar Barua (right) was previously on Food Network. | Photo via Beat Bobby Flay


Two Columbus-based chefs are semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Awards in the Great Lakes region. They are: Avishar Barua, who owns owns Joya’s and Agni; and BJ Lieberman, who owns Hiraeth, Chapman’s Eat Market, and Ginger Rabbit Jazz Lounge.