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Here’s how long locals have lived in Columbus and why they stay

We asked CBUStoday readers how long they have called Columbus home and what makes them stay in the city, and here’s what they said.

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Readers appreciate that there’s always something to do in CBUS. | Photo by @downtowncolumbus

After celebrating living in Columbus for 10 years, City Editor Hanna asked: How long have you lived in Columbus, and what has made you stay?

Here are some of the anonymous responses from our loyal readers:

“35 years and I’ve stayed because I have a solid career and have raised my two kids here. It’s a fun place to live!”

“I’ve lived in Columbus all of my life and despite the ups and downs and growing pains of an urban city, CBUS has never lost its small town charm and city pride.”

“Born here, 65 years. It is home, fun to watch it grow from a cow town to what it is today, and the winters are milder!”

“17 years, family and great surburan life in Pickerington.”

“11 years, and I have stayed because I have multiple fraternity brothers from college that live here and have made great new friends since moving here, as a foodie the diversity of restaurants here is amazing, cost of living is a bit higher than I would like but manageable-ish, and the city just has a great vibe to it.”

“5! Moved here for undergrad and ended up moving down here after graduating! Now I work for the local gov serving residents of Franklin County!”

“10 years. Atmosphere, events, area landscape, economy.”

“I have lived in Columbus since 1980 with a brief hiatus to MD. In the 80s and 90s I used to say it was the biggest small town I’d ever lived in. Where else could I go pick up take out Chinese dinner and see the mayor!?”

“I’ve live here for about 5 years. Honestly, the people and endless opportunities made me stay. I met my best friend in Columbus! There’s always something to do and Ohio State is amazing!”

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