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Columbus, OH and Atlanta, GA

Columbus, Ohio, (population: 822,553) and Atlanta, Georgia, (population: 447,841) have many similarities.

Both are homes to phenomenal universities, The Ohio State University and Georgia Tech, respectively. Yet, both cities have managed not to become typical "college towns." Meaning, these large colleges are not the dominant, or in some cases the only, economic drivers in the community.

That's no easy feat. Ohio State currently has about 63,900 students while Georgia Tech claims roughly 14,500.

The fact that these institutions are not the primary economic powerhouses reflects strong local leadership and planning, solid economic diversification and vitality, and a desirable place where education is only one of many community assets.

Both cities are landlocked. Both cities are their respective State Capitals. And both cities remain atop the places to live, visit, and do business in the United States.

That's admirable. Well done Columbus and well done Atlanta!


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