Columbus vs. Other Places



This page compares the city and metro area population and demographics to both national and Midwestern peers. National peers are determined by their similarity to Columbus’ metro size, with a population range of 1.5-2.5 million. Midwestern peers are basically all major cities within the Midwest, and all significant cities in Ohio.

**Last Updated: 9/5/2019.

Core City Comparisons

Total City Population 2000-2018 of National/Midwestern Peers
2000———————————–2010———————————–2018
1. Chicago: 2,896,016———-1. Chicago: 2,695,598——1. Chicago: 2,705,994
2. San Antonio: 1,144,646-2. San Antonio: 1,327,407-2. San Antonio: 1,532,233
3. Detroit: 951,270————-3. San Jose: 945,942——-3. San Jose: 1,030,119
4. San Jose, CA: 894,943—–4. Jacksonville: 821,784—-4. Austin: 964,254
5. Indianapolis: 781,926—-5. Indianapolis: 820,445—5. Jacksonville: 903,889
6. Jacksonville: 735,503——6. Austin: 790,390———6. Columbus: 892,533
7. Columbus: 711,470———-7. Columbus: 787,033—–7. Charlotte: 872,498
8. Austin: 656,562———–8. Charlotte: 731,424——-8. Indianapolis: 867,125
9. Milwaukee: 596,891——9. Detroit: 713,777———-9. Nashville: 692,587
10. Nashville: 569,891——10. Nashville: 626,681——10.  Detroit: 672,662
11. Charlotte: 540,828——11. Milwaukee: 594,833—-11. Portland: 653,115
12. Portland, OR: 529,121—12. Portland: 583,776——12. Las Vegas: 644,644
13. Las Vegas: 478,434—-13. Las Vegas: 583,756—-13. Milwaukee: 592,025
14. Cleveland: 478,403—14. Sacramento: 466,488–14. Sacramento: 508,529
15. Kansas City: 441,545–15. Kansas City: 459,787—15. Kansas City: 491,918
16. Virginia Beach: 425,257-16. Virginia Beach: 437,994–16. Omaha: 468,262
17. Sacramento: 407,018—17. Omaha: 408,958—17. Virginia Beach: 450,138
18. Omaha: 390,007——18. Cleveland: 396,815—–18.  Minneapolis: 425,403
19. Minneapolis: 382,618–19. Minneapolis: 382,578–19. Wichita: 389,255
20. St. Louis: 348,189——20. Wichita: 382,368—–20. Cleveland: 383,793
21. Wichita: 344,284——-21. St. Louis: 319,294—–21. St. Paul: 307,695
22. Pittsburgh: 334,563—22. Pittsburgh: 305,704—22. St. Louis: 302,838
23. Cincinnati: 331,285—-23. Cincinnati: 296,945—-23. Cincinnati: 302,605
24. Toledo: 313,619——–24. Toledo: 287,208——–24. Pittsburgh: 301,048
25. St. Paul, MN: 287,151–25. St. Paul: 285,068——25. Lincoln: 287,401
26. Lincoln, NE: 225,581—26. Lincoln: 258,379——26. Orlando: 285,713
27. Akron: 217,074———-27. Fort Wayne: 253,691—27. Toledo: 274,975
28. Madison, WI: 208,054—28. Orlando: 238,300—-28. Fort Wayne: 267,633
29. Fort Wayne, IN: 205,727–29. Madison: 233,209–29. Madison: 258,054
30. Des Moines: 198,682–30. Des Moines: 203,433-30. Des Moines: 216,853
31. Grand Rapids, MI: 197,800–31. Akron: 199,110—31. Grand Rapids: 200,217
32. Orlando: 185,951———32. Grand Rapids: 188,040—32. Akron: 198,006
33. Providence, RI: 173,618-33. Providence: 178,042-33. Providence: 179,335
34. Dayton: 166,179———-34. Dayton: 141,759——34. Dayton: 140,640
35. Youngstown: 82,026–35. Youngstown: 66,982—35. Youngstown: 64,958

Total Population Change 2000-2010, 2010-2018 and 2000-2018
2000-2010————————2010-2018——————-2000-2018
1. Charlotte: 190,596——–1. San Antonio: 204,826—1. San Antonio: 387,587
2. San Antonio: 182,761——2. Austin: 173,864———2. Charlotte: 331,670
3. Austin: 133,828————3. Charlotte: 141,074——3. Austin: 307,692
4. Las Vegas: 105,322——-4. Columbus: 105,500—–4. Columbus: 181,063
5. Jacksonville: 86,281——5. San Jose: 84,177———5. Jacksonville: 168,386
6. Columbus: 75,563——–6. Jacksonville: 82,105—–6. Las Vegas: 166,210
7. Sacramento: 59,470—–7. Portland: 69,339———7. San Jose: 135,176
8. Nashville: 56,790———8. Nashville: 65,906——–8. Portland: 123,994
9. Portland: 54,655———-9. Las Vegas: 60,888——9. Nashville: 122,696
10. Orlando: 52,349———10. Omaha: 59,304——–10. Sacramento: 101,511
11. San Jose: 50,999——–11. Orlando: 47,413———11. Orlando: 99,762
12. Fort Wayne: 47,964—–12. Indianapolis: 46,680—12. Indianapolis: 85,199
13. Indianapolis: 38,519—-13. Minneapolis: 42,825—13. Omaha: 78,255
14. Wichita: 38,084——–14. Sacramento: 42,041—14. Fort Wayne: 61,906
15. Lincoln: 32,798———15. Kansas City: 32,131—-15. Lincoln: 61,820
16. Madison: 25,155——-16. Lincoln: 29,022———16. Kansas City: 50,373
17. Omaha: 18,951———-17. Madison: 24,845——-17. Madison: 50,000
18. Kansas City: 18,242—-18. St. Paul: 22,627———18. Wichita: 44,971
19. Virginia Beach: 12,737–19. Fort Wayne: 13,942—-19. Minneapolis: 42,785
20. Des Moines: 4,751—–20. Des Moines: 13,420–20. Virginia Beach: 24,881
21. Providence: 4,424—–21. Grand Rapids: 12,177—-21. St. Paul: 20,544
22.  Minneapolis: -40——22. Virginia Beach: 12,144–22. Des Moines: 18,171
23. St. Paul: -2,083——–23. Chicago: 10,396———23. Providence: 5,717
24. Milwaukee: -2,141—–24. Wichita: 6,887———–24. Grand Rapids: 2,417
25. Grand Rapids: -9,760—25. Cincinnati: 5,660—–25. Milwaukee: -4,949
26. Youngstown: -15,044—26. Providence: 1,293—-26. Youngstown: -17,068
27. Akron: -17,964———–27. Akron: -1,104———-27. Akron: -19,068
28. Dayton: -24,420——–28. Dayton: -1,119———-28. Dayton: -25,539
29. Toledo: -26,411———29. Youngstown: -2,024—29. Cincinnati: -28,680
30. Pittsburgh: -28,859—30. Milwaukee: -2,808—-30. Pittsburgh: -33,515
31. St. Louis: -28,895——31. Pittsburgh: -4,656—–31. Toledo: -38,644
32. Cincinnati: -34,340—-32. Toledo: -12,233———32. St. Louis: -45,351
33. Cleveland: -81,588—-33. Cleveland: -13,022—–33. Cleveland: -94,610
34. Chicago: -200,418—-34. St. Louis: -16,456——-34. Chicago: -190,022
35. Detroit: -237,493—–35. Detroit: -41,115———-35. Detroit: -278,608

Population Density Per Square Mile
2010———————————————-2018

1. Chicago: 11842.0——————1. Chicago: 11,887.7
2. Providence: 8,642.8————–2. Providence: 8,705.6
3. Minneapolis: 6,654.7————-3. Minneapolis: 7,399.6
4. Milwaukee: 6,140.4—————4. Milwaukee: 6,114.7
5. San Jose: 5,240.1——————5. San Jose: 5,706.4
6. Pittsburgh: 5,240.0—————6. St. Paul: 5,476.9
7. St. Paul: 5,074.2——————-7. Pittsburgh: 5,160.2
8. Detroit: 4,995.3——————-8. Sacramento: 5,079.7
9. St. Louis: 4,837.8—————–9. Las Vegas: 4,747.0
10. Cleveland: 4,811.6—————10. Detroit: 4,707.6
11. Sacramento: 4,613.7————11. Cleveland: 4,653.7
12. Las Vegas: 4,298.6————-12. St. Louis: 4,588.5
13. Grand Rapids: 4,150.1———-13. Portland: 4,504.2
14. Portland: 4,026.0—————14. Grand Rapids: 4,418.8
15. Cincinnati: 3,733.3————-15. Columbus: 4,000.4
16. Columbus: 3,527.6————-16. Cincinnati: 3,804.4
17. Toledo: 3,414.3——————17. Omaha: 3,302.0
18. Akron: 3,192.4——————18. San Antonio: 3,292.3
19. Omaha: 2,883.8—————-19. Toledo: 3,268.8
20. San Antonio: 2,852.2———20. Akron: 3,174.7
21. Lincoln: 2,686.0—————21. Austin: 3,160.5
22. Austin: 2,590.6—————-22. Lincoln: 2,987.7
23. Dayton: 2,509—————–23. Charlotte: 2,827.3
24. Charlotte: 2,370.1————-24. Madison: 2,557.3
25. Wichita: 2,337.4————–25. Dayton: 2,489.2
26. Madison: 2,311.1————–26. Fort Wayne: 2,414.6
27. Fort Wayne: 2,288.8———27. Indianapolis: 2,399.2
28. Indianapolis: 2,270.0——–28. Des Moines: 2,392.2
29. Des Moines: 2,244.2———29. Wichita: 2,379.5
30. Youngstown: 1,958.5——–30. Youngstown: 1,899.4
31. Kansas City: 1,441.2———-31. Kansas City: 1,541.9
32. Nashville: 1,191.5————-32. Nashville: 1,316.9
33. Jacksonville: 939.6———-33. Jacksonville: 1,033.4
34. Virginia Beach: 880.4——-34. Orlando: 969.8
35. Orlando: 808.9—————35. Virginia Beach: 904.8

Density Change Per Square Mile 2010-2018
1. Minneapolis: +744.9
2. Austin: +569.9
3. Portland: +478.2
4. Columbus: +472.8
5. San Jose: +466.3
6. Sacramento: +466.0
7. Charlotte: +457.2
8. Las Vegas: +448.4
9. San Antonio: +440.1
10. Omaha: +418.2
11. St. Paul: +402.7
12. Lincoln: +301.7
13. Grand Rapids: +268.7
14. Madison: +246.2
15. Orlando: +160.9
16. Des Moines: +148.0
17. Indianapolis: +129.2
18. Fort Wayne: +125.8
19. Nashville: +125.4
20. Kansas City: +100.7++
21. Jacksonville: +93.8
22. Cincinnati: +71.1
23. Providence: +62.8
24. Chicago: +45.7
25. Wichita: +42.1
26. Virginia Beach: +24.4
27. Akron: -17.7
28. Dayton: -19.8
29. Milwaukee: -25.7
30. Youngstown: -59.1
31. Pittsburgh: -79.8
32. Toledo: -145.5
33. Cleveland: -157.9
34. St. Louis: -249.3
35. Detroit: -287.7

Core County Comparisons

Metro Area Comparisons

Total Metro Area Population 2010 and 2018
2010—————————————–2018
1. Chicago: 9,461,105——————1. Chicago: 9,498,716
2. Detroit: 4,296,250——————2. Detroit: 4,326,442
3. Minneapolis: 3,348,859———–3. Minneapolis: 3,629,190
4. St. Louis: 2,787,701—————–4. St. Louis: 2,805,465
5. Pittsburgh: 2,356,285————–5. Orlando: 2,572,962
6. Portland: 2,226,009—————-6. Charlotte: 2,569,213
7. Charlotte: 2,217,012—————–7. San Antonio: 2,518,036
8. Sacramento: 2,149,127————-8. Portland: 2,478,810
9. San Antonio: 2,142,508————9. Sacramento: 2,345,210
10. Orlando: 2,134,411—————–10. Pittsburgh: 2,324,743
11. Cincinnati: 2,114,580————–11. Las Vegas: 2,231,647
12. Cleveland: 2,077,240————-12. Cincinnati: 2,190,209
13. Kansas City: 2,009,342———-13. Austin: 2,168,316
14. Las Vegas: 1,951,269————-14. Kansas City: 2,143,651
15. Columbus: 1,901,974————-15. Columbus: 2,106,541
16. Indianapolis: 1,887,877———-16. Cleveland: 2,057,009
17. San Jose: 1,836,911—————17. Indianapolis: 2,048,703
18. Austin: 1,716,289—————–18. San Jose: 1,999,107
19. Virginia Beach: 1,676,822——-19. Nashville: 1,930,961
20. Nashville: 1,670,890————20. Virginia Beach: 1,728,773
21. Providence: 1,600,852———-21. Providence: 1,621,337
22. Milwaukee: 1,555,908———-22. Milwaukee: 1,576,113
23. Grand Rapids: 988,938——–23. Grand Rapids: 1,069,405
24. Omaha: 865,350—————24. Omaha: 942,198
25. Dayton: 799,232—————25. Dayton: 806,548
26. Akron: 703,200—————-26. Akron: 704,845
27. Wichita: 630,919————–27. Des Moines: 655,409
28. Toledo: 610,001—————28. Wichita: 644,888
29. Madison: 605,435————29. Toledo: 608,770
30. Des Moines: 569,633——–30. Youngstown: 538,952
31. Youngstown: 565,773——–31. Fort Wayne: 437,631
32. Fort Wayne: 416,257———32. Madison: 415,247
33. Canton: 404,422————–33. Canton: 398,655
34. Lincoln: 302,157————–34. Lincoln: 334,590

Within Ohio Comparisons

Top 50 Largest Ohio Cities By Population
2010——————————————–2018
1. Columbus: 787,033—————–1. Columbus: 892,533
2. Cleveland: 396,815—————–2. Cleveland: 383,793
3. Cincinnati: 296,943—————-3. Cincinnati: 302,605
4. Toledo: 287,208——————–4. Toledo: 274,975
5. Akron: 199,110———————-5. Akron: 198,006
6. Dayton: 141,527———————6. Dayton: 140,640
7. Parma: 81,601———————–7. Parma: 78,751
8. Canton: 73,007———————8. Canton: 70,458
9. Youngstown: 66,982—————9. Youngstown: 64,958
10. Lorain: 64,097——————–10. Lorain: 64,028
11. Hamilton: 62,477——————11. Hamilton: 62,174
12. Springfield: 60,608————–12. Springfield: 59,282
13. Kettering: 56,163—————–13. Kettering: 55,103
14. Elyria: 54,533———————14. Elyria: 53,881
15. Lakewood: 52,131—————-15. Lakewood: 50,100
16. Cuyahoga Falls: 49,652———16. Newark: 50,029
17. Euclid: 48,920——————–17. Cuyahoga Falls: 49,272
18. Middletown: 48,694————-18. Middletown: 48,861
19. Mansfield: 47,821—————-19. Dublin: 48,647
20. Newark: 47,573——————20. Beavercreek: 47,391
21. Mentor: 47,159——————-21. Mentor: 47,273
22. Cleveland Heights: 46,121——22. Euclid: 46,946
23. Beavercreek: 45,193————23. Mansfield: 46,560
24. Strongsville: 44,750————-24. Strongsville: 44,853
25. Fairfield: 42,510——————25. Cleveland Heights: 44,373
26. Dublin: 41,751——————–26. Fairfield: 42,613
27. Warren: 41,557——————-27. Grove City: 41,625
28. Findlay: 41,202——————-28. Findlay: 41,324
29. Lancaster: 38,780—————29. Lancaster: 40,414
30. Lima: 38,771———————-30. Westerville: 40,387
31. Huber Heights: 38,101———–31. Delaware: 39,930
32. Marion: 36,837——————-32. Warren: 38,382
33. Westerville:  36,120————–33. Reynoldsburg: 38,278
34. Reynoldsburg: 35,893———–34. Huber Heights: 38,174
35. Grove City: 35,575—————35. Lima: 36,862
36. Stow: 34,837———————-36. Hilliard: 36,414
37. Delaware: 34,753—————–37. Marion: 36,087
38. Brunswick: 34,255—————38. Gahanna: 35,551
39. Upper Arlington: 33,771———39. Upper Arlington: 35,522
40. Gahanna: 33,248—————–40. Brunswick: 34,897
41. Westlake: 32,729——————41. Stow: 34,857
42. North Olmsted: 32,718———–42. North Ridgeville: 33,889
43. Fairborn: 32,352——————43. Fairborn: 33,658
44. Massillon: 32,149—————–44. Mason: 33,586
45. Mason: 30,712——————–45. Massillon: 32,410
46. North Royalton: 30,444———46. Westlake: 32,233
47.  Bowling Green: 30,028———47. North Olmsted: 31,591
48. North Ridgeville: 29,465——–48. Bowling Green: 31,578
49. Kent: 28,904———————-49. North Royalton: 30,239
50. Garfield Heights: 28,849——–50. Kent: 29,662

Top 50 Most Densely Populated of All Ohio Cities with 10,000+ Populations**
2010——————————————————2018
1. Lakewood: 7792.4————————1. Lakewood: 7488.8
2. University Heights: 7439.0————-2. University Heights: 7108.8
3. Norwood: 6079.5————————3. Norwood: 6296.5
4. East Cleveland: 5755.8—————–4. Bexley: 5654.7
5. Cleveland Heights: 5687.3————-5. Willowick: 5569.3
6. Willowick: 5579.1————————6.  East Cleveland: 5519.0
7. Bexley: 5329.4—————————7. Parma Heights: 4762.5
8. Parma Heights: 4944.6—————–8. Cleveland: 4653.7
9. Cleveland: 4811.6————————9. South Euclid: 4617.8
10. South Euclid: 4794.6——————11. Mayfield Heights: 4451.2
11. Mayfield Heights: 4582.5————-10. Shaker Heights: 4319.9
12. Shaker Heights: 4501.3—————12. Maple Heights: 4309.1
13. Maple Heights: 4475.4—————-13. Euclid: 4089.4
14. Euclid: 4261.3—————————14. Columbus: 4000.4
15. Parma: 4065.8————————-15. Parma: 3923.8
16. Garfield Heights: 3957.3————–16. Cincinnati: 3804.4
17. Cincinnati: 3733.3———————-17. Garfield Heights: 3797.9
18. Rocky River: 3603.0——————-18. Upper Arlington: 3599.0
19. Fairview Park: 3595.3—————–19. Whitehall: 3593.8
20. Reading: 3593.4————————20. Rocky River: 3589.1
21. Columbus: 3527.6———————-21. Reading: 3551.6
22. Upper Arlington: 3421.6—————22. Fairview Park: 3479.5
23. Whitehall: 3414.4———————-23. Oxford: 3425.9
24. Toledo: 3414.3————————-24. Reynoldsburg: 3405.5
25. Berea: 3275.0————————–25. Toledo: 3268.8
26. Warrensville Heights: 3271.0——–26. Westerville: 3202.8
27. Oxford: 3199.3————————-27. Berea: 3199.8
28. Reynoldsburg: 3193.3—————-28. Kent: 3196.3
29. Akron: 3192.4————————–29. Warrensville Heights: 3192.3
30. Lyndhurst: 3153.4———————30. Akron: 3174.7
31. Marion: 3116.5————————–31. Marion: 3053.0
32. Kent: 3114.7—————————–32. Lyndhurst: 3036.9
33. Kettering: 3000.2———————33. Kettering: 2943.5
34. Sylvania: 2905.2———————–34. Sylvania: 2914.2
35. Forest Park: 2888.9——————-35. Forest Park: 2882.4
36. Barberton: 2867.2———————36. Trenton: 2853.5
37. Canton: 2865.3————————37. Painesville: 2832.1
38. Struthers: 2864.4———————38. Gahanna: 2821.5
39. Westerville: 2864.4——————-39. Hamilton: 2815.9
40. Eastlake: 2844.9———————-40. Barberton: 2815.6
41. Hamilton: 2828.2———————-41. Eastlake: 2776.6
42. Lima: 2809.5————————–42. Canton: 2765.2
43. North Olmsted: 2803.6————–43. Wickliffe: 2737.8
44. Painesville: 2786.8——————-44. Hilliard: 2729.7
45. Wickliffe: 2736.1———————-45. Struthers: 2729.1
46. North Canton: 2732.5—————-46. North Olmsted: 2707.0
47. Lorain: 2655.2————————-47. Powell: 2699.6
48. Brunswick: 2643.1——————–48. North Canton: 2699.5
49. Gahanna: 2638.7———————-49. Brunswick: 2692.7
50. Elyria: 2616.7—————————50. Lima: 2671.2
**This measurement includes all square miles within a city, including water area.

Top 50 Most Densely Populated Ohio Cities Not Including Water Area
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