With a large area of just over 220 square miles and a population of a little over 200,000, the city of Columbus, Georgia has a great amount of space for people seeking new homes in the southeastern United States. Columbus has had a somewhat renowned record in recent years. In 2007 it was ranked #4 on Best Life's list of the Top 100 Places to Raise a Family. It came in #74 in 2013 on Livability.com's 100 Best Places to Live in America. This is a city with a great deal to offer.
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Columbus isn't exactly for the faint of heart when it comes to the city's weather, as it is subject to hot and humid summers and cold winters. Interestingly, it is considered a "natural snowline" due to the fact that the northern end experiences snowfall annually while the southern half tends to experience little if any. In spite of this, the city has a large number of outdoor options available to its citizens. In addition to the nearly 50 parks and four recreation centers, Columbus is also host to the massive Standing Boy Creek State Park, which offers swimming, hiking, hunting, camping, and boating. For more leisurely outdoor activity, you can spend a few hours at one of Columbus' seven golf courses.
In terms of day to day life, there are a number of major employers in Columbus for those seeking a new job. The United States Army base Fort Benning employs by far the most citizens, while the Muscogee County School District, credit card processor TSYS and the Aflac headquarters also bring a fair number of jobs. With regard to education for the kids, the city has a plethora of grade school options as well as college institutions like Columbus State University and Columbus Technical College. For your cultural inclinations, Columbus has you covered as well. Four major museums, the Columbus Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center present visitors with comprehensive displays of the state's long history. The RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Bradley Theater and Springer Opera House offer live performances to their patrons. You can also spend a day shopping or people-watching at Columbus' major indoor shopping mall, the Peachtree Mall. Suffice it to say that the city has plenty of diversions available from everyday life. If you're looking for a place that'll cover many of your current and future bases in life, Columbus, Georgia might just be for you.