Here’s why Columbus was ranked the No. 3 most livable city

Far & Wide evaluated livability factors in cities across the country.

Let your opinion be heard on parking in the Short North. | Photo by Amish Oza via @shortnorthartsdistrict

The Short North is known as the “art and soul” of the city. | Photo by Amish Oza via @shortnorthartsdistrict

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Far & Wide named Columbus the No. 3 most livable city in the US, and we dove in to explore what exactly earned Columbus this ranking.

The travel publication took safety, affordability, traffic, pollution, and access to healthcare into account when determining livability.

When discussing Columbus specifically, it stated, “residents enjoy its cultural diversity, which translates to an interesting restaurant scene. As far as cities go, Columbus is also fairly affordable.” Here are some specific highlights it also included:

🍽️ The Short North Arts District

  • As one of the highlights in the city, be sure to check out murals, local shopping, and a variety of dining in this district. And don’t let parking stress you out — use our Short North parking guide.
Start your summer reading with a trip to The Book Loft of German Village. | Photo by @cassidys.bookmark

Browse 32 rooms of books in The Book Loft. | Photo by @cassidys.bookmark

📚 German Village

🌳 The Scioto Mile

North Market Downtown

North Market Downtown has outdoor patio seating. | Photo via @northmarket

💐 The North Market

  • With locations in Dublin’s Bridge Park and downtown, use our guide to find top merchants for local food, drinks, flowers, and gifts.

🚲 Trails surrounding the Olentangy River

  • CBUS is home to many metro parks and trails, including the Olentangy Trail which extends for 17+ miles.

At the end of the day, no one knows Columbus better than the people that call it home. What other classic spots do you think Far & Wide should have included? Let us know.

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