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Young and affordable, Columbus now sports larger population than iconic San Francisco

Lucas Sullivan, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio on

Published in Home and Consumer News

San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. The sunsets. The bay.

Columbus has the Scioto River, the Rich Street Bridge and sculptures of deer posing like humans.

OK, San Fran might be cooler, but CBus now has the bragging rights that it has more people. And the numbers also suggest Columbus has become much younger and more affordable for those that want the big city feel on a budget.

At just shy of 900,000 people, according to 2018 estimates released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau, Columbus now has more residents. San Francisco still has twice the number of people living in its metropolitan area than Columbus does in its.

One huge factor is that San Francisco is 47 square miles hemmed in by the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay and suburbs. Columbus is about 223 square miles and has room to expand.

Other, harder to quantify contrasts include San Francisco's picturesque landscape -- Columbus is doing its best with the Scioto River -- and the weather. (The real San Francisco treat might be summer temperatures in the high 60s and less humidity.)


"San Francisco is just an iconic city," said Laurie Armstrong Gossy, a spokeswoman for San Francisco's tourism agency. "It sits on a hilly environment with beautiful views of the bay, and we have cable cars and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge."

For its part, Columbus appears to be younger and becoming trendier. The median age of a Columbus resident is 32 years, old compared with 38 in San Francisco, according to data from the American Community Survey.

"San Francisco is less and less a place for experimentation, and art and art culture," said Melanie Corn, who moved from San Francisco in 2016 and became president of the Columbus College of Art and Design. "A number of art galleries have had to leave San Francisco because (of) the cost of living."

San FranciscoColumbusMedian Income9626549478Average apartment rent37001,000Median Monthly mortgage33321293Poverty (%)11.720.8Median home value927400136500Median age38.332.2


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