Columbus, OH Quality of Life??

Old May 9th, 2006, 11:34 AM
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I had my "close" sights on Seven Springs and Blue Knob, as well as Snowshoe, all within a 5 hour drive.

Another question: does Columbus have a "southern, midwestern, northeastern" feel? We'll probably live in Worthington or Dublin.

Weather, during Winter and Autumn, will we ever see the Sun?

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Old May 9th, 2006, 01:24 PM
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Ohio has beautiful autumns. Lots of sun (usually). Winters can be sunny sometimes too. That is one of my Scottish husband's comments when he moved here. He was so surprised how some days in the winter, he needed his shades. Definitely not like that in Scotland.
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Old May 9th, 2006, 01:56 PM
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As to your question about "feel": I would say it is more midwestern than Northeast or Southern. As close as they are to Columbus, Cleveland and Pittsburgh seem much more Eastern. The square in Worthington seems like you're in New England. Old Dublin is quaint. Both are about 12 - 14 miles from the center of Columbus. If you need to be close to downtown or O.S.U. then definitely check out Grandview Heights, a little city on the near NW side of Columbus - about a square mile in area, has its own school system, its own police and fire - 100 years old this year - established, vintage suburb.
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Old May 9th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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I lived in Columbus for four years and I would never describe the climate as "lots of sun". I have also lived in Seattle and found the climate in Columbus to be nearly as gloomy. Following are the average number of sunny, partly cloudy and cloudy days in each.

Sunny P. Cloudy Cloudy
COLUMBUS,OH 72 103 190
SEATTLE, WA 58 82 226
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Old May 9th, 2006, 03:28 PM
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The Columbus area is a good area to live in. There are many places of interest within a few hours drive. We never lacked for something do do. The state has one of the best State Park Systems in the Country. Go take a canal boat ride in Coshocton. Hike in the Hocking Hills. Vist the Air Force Museum at WPAFB near Dayton. The Wilds near Cumberland.

http://www.thewilds.org/
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Old May 9th, 2006, 05:46 PM
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Columbus is a wonderful area to raise a family. Many great suburban communities, reasonable cost of living, people are generally happy here.
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Old May 10th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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>people are "generally happy" here.<

They would be just "happy" if the sun would shine more...LOL

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Old May 10th, 2006, 09:28 AM
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The past three weekends have been gorgeous here in Cleveland. The sun has been shining all week (and is now!) too This is such a nice spring this year. (76 today!)
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Old May 15th, 2006, 10:23 AM
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I grew up in SE ohio & lived in Columbus for 5 years in the early '90's. I now reside in Charlotte. Columbus is probably one of only two cities that I would consider moving back north to...that in & of itself, speaks volumes. You've made a good choice.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 06:18 AM
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I've lived in Cincinnati for quite a while (though my family is from Boston & that is where I was born). Every state has it's ups & downs depending on who you are, but I love it here. As many have mentioned, it is a great place to raise a family and there is lots to do both indoors & out. I've visited Columbus a handful of times and they have some very pretty suburbs. They also have a FABULOUS science museum - COSI - there is going to be a Star Wars exhibit there this summer that dh & our kids can't wait to see!

In regards to Jenny's post - anyone who find an entire state so distasteful might want to consider if it is the state that is really the problem or maybe there is something else going on making one so unhappy. As far as trying to get out - here is some adive: get a car, buy a plane ticket or start walking. If you are so desperate to leave, then do it! Maybe you will find a state that makes you happy.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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I don't know why people get offended when they say they don't like a place. Everyone has their own preferences and interests. Also, if someone is considering making a move they should hear both the good and bad.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 12:44 PM
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I'll have to agree w/snowrooster, it appears that Jen has a lot more issues on her plate than just her inate hate of Ohio...I won't even go into her supposedly moving to SoCal...RB - we know you are a notorious Ohio basher, I believe any accurate info or data properly presented is a benefit to us all. To just bash persons, places or things due to our own personal prejudices should be viewed differently.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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Note the only thing I bashed about OH in this thread was the weather. I moved on and out of Columbus, just as Jen wishes too. Me thinks thou doth protest too much. Why does anyone care if someone else doesn't like a place. People bash California all the time and I could care less.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 01:22 PM
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But, you have a habit of it. My Mother always taught me...'if you can't say something nice...' Well, you get the picture. You can probably pull up a multitude of Ohio threads on here & you'll have the same opinion/attitude which brings into a question your credibility, plain & simple. I don't think you care for snowrooster much either, since you like to contradict their comments as well. Based on your first post on this thread I was hopeful you had come around...
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Old May 17th, 2006, 03:40 AM
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I believe people who are Princes/Princesses should not move to the Northeast or Northern Mid-West if they can't handle winter. Its overcast everywhere even in states like Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina. In fact I was stuck in Tropical Storm Jerry h*ll in 1995 and headed home to SW PA and it was sunny. Same thing in 2002 when I headed toward a Delaware beach and it was constant overcast, headed west toward home and the sun came out. If you want perfect weather move to S. Calif or AZ, then you'll be stuck in overpopulation of 3 million in one valley. Not my idea of quality of life, people on top of each other. There is also more to life than what is the property value of the house you buy. Guess people can't get over their obsession about how much money they can make over their lifetimes.

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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:59 AM
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"If you can't say something nice... Well you get the picture"

The purpose of travel information is not to hear only good things about a place. People need to also hear the bad so that they would not make the mistake of booking a poor hotel, flight, restaurant, etc.
I would question the credibility of someone who would state only good things. Virtually everyone has had a poor experience when travelling. To attack a poster for warning someone about a poor experience is immature and self defensive.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 12:18 PM
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"I would question the credibility of someone who would state only good things. "

Then you should equally question the credibility of someone who states only bad things. I said myself that every state has its ups and downs and as each person is unique what may be an up for one individual may be a down for another. If I'm not mistaken, Jenny lives in Cleveland which is 5 hours from Cincinnati. The fact that she feels qualified to comment on the state as a whole is somewhat bizarre to me and speaks of other issues. I lived in the suburbs of Detoit briefy and absolutely HATED it - but I don't go around bashing the entire state of Michigan. Besides, the original poster asked if people are nice - not if they are fat (like I said, I found her post a bit bizarre).
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Old May 17th, 2006, 01:44 PM
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Stephanie, boy I had to repress a shiver when you brought up Tropical Storm Jerry. My senior citizen mother, myself and 2 elementary school age children were caught in that horror in HHI and had to drive back to Columbus. You are so right! The first day was so miserable, I thought we were barely in front of a hurricane/tornado, and when we reached Ohio the second day, the skies cleared and the sun shone. So go figure!
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Old Jun 5th, 2006, 04:47 PM
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I grew up mainly in NYC and moved to central OH 12 years ago. Great schools where we are (40 minutes from Columbus), small town atmosphere (Normal Rockwell is what my visiting friends always say), summers are hot enough but there are ample swimming opportunities in pools nad lakes, winter cold but not one snow day from school last year.

Great live music scene in Columbus, Cincy and Cleveland only 2.5 hours in either direction when you need good Jamaican food or Italian or something.

The home we live in was very inexpensive compared to what we could have bought within an hour of NYC and has appreciated in value about 10% a year.

People are friendly, there's still a lot of green - I can drive 5 minutes and see cows and horses, yet i can walk into town in the same amount of time for ice cream, restaurant, bar.

Mine is a college town so has a lot of great cultural stuff come through.

There are three large amusement parks witin 3 hours, Columbus has a great zoo and science center.

It takes less than a day to drive to NYC or Washington DC or Chicago or the SC/NC coast/beaches.

We love it.
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Old Jun 6th, 2006, 11:05 AM
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I'm heartened to see that most of the responses have been generally favorable about my beloved hometown! Does it have it's problems? Sure. But, what city doesn't?

I agree with the majority -- I think you'll find Columbus a great place to live and raise a family. There's plenty to do, and as others have mentioned, you're a relatively short drive or flight from much of the country.

As far as the weather, well . . . I don't know what some are expecting, but it's your typical midwestern weather.
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