Columbus is the capital city of the U.S. state of Ohio, as well as the largest city in the state, with a population of 733,203 according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2006. It is home to the flagship campus of Ohio State University, which over the years has ranked second or first in enrollment in the United States.
The metropolitan area of Columbus is actually smaller in population than those of the other two largest cities in Ohio, Cleveland and Cincinnati. This is because of an aggressive annexation policy dating back to the 1950s, in which the city repeatedly incorporated growing suburbs and areas. It nonetheless has many suburbs, such as Westerville, Dublin, Ohio, and Bexley.
- According to a university web page (accessed Oct. 1, 2008), the Columbus campus had 52,568 enrolled students.