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Columbus is an American city—the state capital of and largest city in the state of Ohio, USA. It is the 14th largest city in the United States, with a population of 879,170 (2017 estimate). Columbus is the county seat of Franklin County.
The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology. Columbus is home to the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest private research and development foundation; Chemical Abstracts Service, the world's largest clearinghouse of chemical information; NetJets, the world's largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet; and The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the United States. As of 2013, the city has the headquarters of five corporations in the U.S. Fortune 500: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, American Electric Power, L Brands, Big Lots and Cardinal Health. The fast-food corporations Wendy's and White Castle are also based in the Columbus metropolitan area.
In 2016, Columbus was ranked as one of "The 6 Best Big Cities" by the Money Magazine. In 2013, Forbes Magazine gave Columbus an A rating as one of the top cities for business in the U.S., and later that year included the city on its list of Best Places for Business and Careers. In 2012, Columbus was ranked in BusinessWeek's 50 best cities in America. Columbus was also ranked as the no. 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation by Forbes in 2008, and the city was ranked a top ten city by Relocate America in 2010. In 2007, fDi Magazine ranked the city #3 in the U.S. for cities of the future, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was rated #1 in 2009 by USA Travel Guide.