Columbus vs. Other Cities



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: 8/16/2019.

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