is world-renowned as an architectural Mecca and an innovative business environment.
This city of 40,000 people has, in fact, founded two Fortune
500 companies during its history--Cummins, Inc. and
ArvinMeritor, Inc.--making it one of the leading regions of
management and entrepreneurial talent for its size in the
Midwest. It is truly a creative city of ideas with vast
experience in building businesses and in forming innovative public
As an economic hub Columbus,
A beautiful world-class international community that is pro-business, progressive, dynamic and growing
An outstanding cost-effective business environment
Close to major customers
Close to major research institutions
Close to major universities that supply science and engineering graduates
Columbus, Indiana is ranked sixth nationally for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects. The list also includes Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Columbus also has the best business climate in Indiana: Ranked #1 of any city under 50,000 population in Indiana
(Site Selection Magazine) and the 30th best small community business climate in the United States
based on a February 2002 ranking by BizDemographics of 496 small U.S. cities.
In addition, Columbus is a true international center.
Twenty-nine (29) international companies have located their
companies within the City.
quality of life within Columbus is unparalleled:
Ranked as one of the U.S.’s safest metropolitan areas (Ranked 6th out of 339) by America’s Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities for 2005.
The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America by John Villani, published by John Muir Publications, copyright 1996. Columbus ranks #56.
Demographics Daily, on-line newsletter published by American City Business Journals. Using 20 sets of statistics to rate the quality of life in 632 small cities, Columbus scored 98.8 out of a hundred and ranked 4th in the US in cities of 10,000-50,000. Published, September 18, 2000.
The New Rating Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities, Prometheus Books. This publication ranked small cities, that they labeled “micropolitans,” with populations of 15,000-50,000 on 10 qualities. Columbus tied with Port Angeles, WA for seventh place. The top six cities were Ames, IA, Morgantown, WV, Ithaca, NY, Traverse City, MI, and Sandusky, OH. Published,
Bartholomew County was named one of 2007’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth. The award recognizes communities that provide children with exposure to caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others.
Selected in 2004 as one of the Ten Most Playful Towns in America by
Nick Jr. Family Magazine.
In 1994, Columbus, Indiana was one of ten cities in the United States awarded “All America City” status.
Significant economic clusters
within Columbus include:
Automotive Engine Manufacturing
Precision Engineering and Design
Fabricated Metals Manufacturing
Precision Tooling and Molds
Emissions and Controls
Agriculture and Agri-Business
Financial and Business Services
Regional Health Services and Healthcare
Education and Knowledge Creation
To see what makes Columbus,
Indiana such an uncommon, world-class business atmosphere talk to
Economic Development Board
For further information see the