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Columbus Demographics and Lifestyle

When you hear of Columbus, you may think of a good-sized town in the heart of the Midwest. Yet, what is it like to live in the “Discovery City?” To help give you an idea of what Columbus is like, we have put together this guide of the weather, animals, and people of the city.

Who Lives in Columbus?

Columbus is the fifteenth largest city in the United States with a population of more than 850,000. According to the 2010 Census numbers, the most recent year that numbers are available, nearly 62 percent of Columbusites identify as white, 28 percent are African-American, one out of every 25 residents is Asian, and almost six percent identify as Hispanic. Women make up more than 51 percent of the population, and about nine percent of the people in Columbus are 65 years of age or older.

While many Midwest cities have experienced significant population declines due to manufacturing jobs moving overseas, Columbus’s population has just continued to grow thanks to its diversified economy. This has attracted migrants from across the country and beyond. In fact, more than one out of every nine Columbusites were born outside of the US. Over fourteen percent speak languages other than English at home. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute created a map of where the largest racial neighborhoods are in Columbus.

What’s the Weather Like in Columbus?

Columbus has a humid continental climate. This means that the winters are cold and dry while the summers are muggy and hot. Since Columbus is not in the way of strong winter winds, winter snowfall is relatively light. In the snowiest month, January, the city gets an average of nine inches of snow. The average low in January is about 23 degrees. The average highs in the summer are between the upper-70s and mid-80s with humidity over 70 percent.

Severe thunderstorms are the biggest natural threat in Columbus. With these weather events come large hail, lightning, and on rare occasion tornadoes. Tornadoes are most common during the spring and can sometimes occur in the fall. In 2006, a tornado caused some damage in the city. From time to time, there are also blizzards, ice storms, and floods.

The City of Columbus does an excellent job of warning residents of imminent severe weather events. You can get updates via email, phone, as well as through the many local television and radio stations. In addition, the city has a number of snow removal vehicles that can remove even heavy snowfalls within 24 hours.

Flora and Fauna of Columbus

After reading the above, you may think that severe weather chases all of the animals and plants away. This is not true. Columbus is home to a diverse variety of wildlife. Buckeye Lake is a popular place to go to view birds, including Canadian geese, mallards, European starlings, and house sparrows.

There are few animals or plants you need to be afraid of in Columbus. In the summer, the mosquitos can be mildly irritating, but you can combat this by staying indoors when they are at their worst or by wearing repellant.

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