Stem Lives in Columbus

With close proximity to several Fortune 500 companies, and a local government and foundation community investing in the future—Columbus is working overtime to become a leader in smart city technology and increasing mobility and connectivity.

Amazon Web Services






JPMorgan Chase



Amazon Web Services


Amazon Web Services


Top Companies have thousands of employees in Columbus

#1 Fastest-Growing Midwest Metro for Population, Jobs, and GDP

17 Fortune 1000 Headquarters

22K College grads/yr8

One of the Highest Concentrations of Millenials in the Country

“Columbus is maturing into a full-fledged midwestern tech hub.”


Columbus is a Top 10 metro for millennial concentration, the only metro with this distinction in the eastern half of the country. 26.1% of students in Ohio graduate with degrees in STEM.7

Columbus Talent
Columbus Talent

4,100 degrees in computer and electrical engineering in the last 5 years.8

Twice as many engineering grads within 200 miles as San Francisco

The Columbus metro area ranks #14 in cities with the best markets for stem professionals.

Top City for Tech Workers


Columbus’s strong appeal to growing tech companies is demonstrated in its affordability and investment infrastructure.

Columbus received $40M Smart City grant to build out Technology and infrastructure11

#1 in the midwest and #12 in the u.s. for millennial migration.8

Columbus Regional universities include ohio state, Otterbein, and Ohio Wesleyan.

No. 1 Rising City in U.S. for Startups

:Quality of Life

With major local and state attractions, Columbus is an energetic blend of arts and culture.

Best Big City in the Midwest


As the region’s grows, flights are added to top destinations to accommodate business employees. Columbus’s proximity to major markets allows travelers to make same-day business meeting trips to New York, D.C., and Chicago.

71 direct flights to 40 cities.10

Average commute from downtown to airport: 15 min.8

Less than two hours to Chicago, N.Y., D.C., Boston.

A Best U.S. City to Live in Right Now
—Travel and Leisure

:Local VC Funding

With proven local accelerators and substantial venture capital investors (including $1B+ under management through Drive Capital12), Columbus’s collaborative spirit spurs a dynamic startup community.

:Strategic Sectors

The Columbus region has 17 Fortune 1000 HQs and a diverse economy where no major industry sector holds more than 18% of employment.8

Transportation Tech

  • 650K cars produced annually, $2.7B output
  • Home to Honda’s North American and R&D headquarters
  • Transportation Research Center—the largest U.S. proving ground


  • Columbus is an ideal location for distribution
    and fulfillment operations.
  • Unmatched market access to U.S. consumers; within
    1-day drive of 150M people8
  • Major hub for FedEx, UPS, DHL, and Amazon

Finance/ insurance

  • JPMorgan Chase’s 2nd-largest center, with over 20K employees, and
    a global tech center
  • Fintech and insurtech hub with high-growth companies: Upstart, Beam, Homeside, Root

Retail Brands and Tech

  • Global brand HQs include Abercrombie, Express, DSW, and Big Lots
  • Ranks above NYC and L.A. for concentration of apparel firm HQs
  • Test market of the U.S.

Bio-Med and Health Services

  • Battelle global HQ
  • OSU Wexner Medical Center—20 institutes, 1,000+ active studies
  • Gene therapy leader
  • Innovating tech (Updox, Olive)

Advanced Computing

  • 50 data centers including AWS, Google Cloud, and FB
  • No tangible personal property tax in Ohio
  • Tax exemptions for qualifying data centers are available.

:Expanding Here

The Columbus region has seen continued investment, expansions, and new locations from national and globally recognized companies.


3 cloud campus sites; billions invested in region; directly employs 150, hundreds more indirectly


Rapidly expanding its data center infrastructure; directly employs 75 and is expanding rapidly


Data center campus under construction; will employ 50, with plans for additional growth



Downtown HQ campus under construction; 800 employees, plans to add hundreds more

Root Insurance Co


Headquartered in Columbus with 600 employees and plans to add hundreds more
Homegrown VC-funded



Headquartered in the Columbus region with approximately 130 employees
Homegrown VC-funded


HQ in Bay Area; recently selected Columbus for a new hub; currently hiring 200



Based in Bay Area with one of its largest offices in Columbus; continues to expand in Columbus



Building center of excellence for R&D and clinical-scale mfg.; will employ 100

hims & hers

Selected the Columbus region as its East Coast hub; will employ around 500 people



Employs 50
Homegrown VC-funded

Bold Penguin

Bold Penguin

Employs 65
Homegrown VC-funded


1 2020 Scoring Tech Talent,; 2 C2ER,; 3; 4 Cushman and Wakefield Columbus Industrial MarketBeat Report Q1 2020; 5; 6; 7; 8 Roblox Columbus Region Overview; 9 The Columbus Region,; 10; 11 U.S. Dept. of Transportation; 12; 13 FRED Economic Data,