Category Archives: Franklin County

Central Ohio High Schools Highly Rated

The American Institutes for Research worked with U.S. News & World Report to rank schools relative to how those students performed based on the state’s average, how the schools are preparing students for college, and how minority/low-income students perform vs similar students in the state. They did this for 20,000 high schools around the nation.

Five of the central Ohio schools were ranked within the Top 10 in the State. Nine were ranked in the Top 25 of the State. Here are their rankings:

American Institutes for Research School Rankings
School Ohio Rank National Rank
Bexley 2 120
Dublin Jerome 5 156
Olentangy Liberty 7 216
Upper Arlington 9 244
Olentangy 10 256
Olentangy Orange 16 393
Dublin Coffman 17 410
Dublin Scioto 22 583
New Albany 25 659

Bexley, Upper Arlington, Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto and New Albany are located in Franklin County. The remaining schools are in southern Delaware County.

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Delaware County still leads Ohio’s population growth

Copyrighted Village at KinsaleDelaware County’s growth has slowed since the early 2000’s but it’s growth is still the best in Ohio according to Census Bureau data released this week. The average rate between 2000-2010 was 4.7%. The current rate is 1.8%. Between July 2010 to July 2011, Delaware County added 3,103 people. The southern half of the county continues to be the most popular with new home buyers locating around Powell, Lewis Center and Galena/Hoover Reservoir areas.

The seven counties in central Ohio had growth that kept the State from actually losing population. Only one county – Madison – lost population. The other counties in central Ohio grew …

  • Delaware – up 1.8%, from 175,238 to 178,341
  • Franklin – up 1.1%, from 1,165,789 to 1,178,799
  • Union – up 0.8%, from 52,370 to 52,764
  • Fairfield – up 0.5%, from 146,381 to 147,066
  • Licking – up 0.3%, 166,727 to 167,248
  • Pickway – up 0.3%, 55,810 to 55,990
  • Madison – down 0.1%, 43,444 to 43,401

You can read more in The Dispatch regarding other findings in the Census data.

Columbus Makes the “Easiest & Hardest Cities to Find a Job” List

Yesterday Forbes.com released a report of the Easiest & Hardest Cities to find a job. Columbus made one of the lists … can you guess which one?

The report considers 4th Qtr job listings for salaries over $50,000. The cities were ranked per the number of jobs per 1000 population. The parenthesis below represents the (jobs/1M).

Easiest Places: San Jose (130); Washington DC (89); San Francisco (54); Boston (53); Baltimore (52); Raleigh (50); Seattle (42); Columbus (38); Atlanta (36); Minneapolis/St Paul (35).

Hardest Places: Riverside, CA; Miami; Louisville, KY; Orlando; Las Vegas; San Antonio; Los Angeles; Virginia Beach; Salt Lake.

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Is Columbus in the “Technosphere”?

It is according to Forbes. Columbus has come a long way from being called a cow town – thanks to that OSU farm photo years ago – to now being suggested as one of the regions to watch in 2012 for technology growth.

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Here’s what Forbes said about Columbus (#4 heading, under Technosphere):

Unfortunately for the rest of California, and even more blue-collar Bay Area communities like San Jose and Oakland, high costs and an unfavorable regulatory environment will keep this bubble geographically constrained. Historic patterns, particularly over the past decade, suggest that as the core tech companies expand, they are likely to head  to business-friendly places such as  Salt Lake City, Raleigh and Columbus, Ohio, which have picked up both tech companies and educated migrants from California.

Recently Jerry Brown, the California Governor, appealed for more tax increases to assist their ailing economy. Governor Kasich tweeted that he welcomed California companies to come to Ohio where our business climate was now friendlier.

Having lived in central Ohio most of my life, and enduring the years that some media have made fun of us, I’m really proud to have this new designation from Forbes. How about you?

Columbus OH celebrates bicentennial in 2012

downtown columbus ohioColumbus will kick-off a year-long 200th birthday bash starting in February. The city charter was signed Feb 14, 1812. Various celebration events have already been scheduled with The Columbus Historical Society and more will probably be added as the year goes on.

I’m not one of those people who is a great fan of studying history. When I was at the end of my 6½ years of night school at Franklin University, I only needed 2 more hours to graduate. The college offered one course that was only 2 hours credit. It was the “History of Columbus” and was taught by Ed Lentz, who at that time (1985) worked with the Columbus Historical Society. Our textbook was a book titled Columbus: America’s Crossroads that Mr Lentz had co-authored with Betty Garrett.

My expectations for the course were low and after going to night school for so many years, while working full-time and being a single Mom, I just wanted to ‘be done’! I’m sure many of you can relate.

As it turned out, this course was extremely interesting as was the “textbook”. Sized like a coffee table book with LOTS of photos, it’s not like a regular history book. It was fascinating to read about some of the early leaders and to realize how many of the streets are named after them. It covers the early development of areas such as Clintonville, Victorian Village, Italian Village and of course, German Village. Companies, like Lazarus, Big Bear, Bank One, Borden, that played an important part in developing Columbus are also portrayed. Unfortunately many of the companies featured are no longer in existence. Columbus served a key role in the Civil War and the Underground Railroad.

As Columbus gears up for its celebration, I highly recommend securing a copy of this book. If you’ve lived around Columbus most of your life, I’ll bet you’ll be surprised at how little you really know about the city. Trust me … it’s easy reading.

Good News On Central Ohio’s Unemployment Rate

September unemployment rates are out and Central Ohio performed slightly better than the State as a whole. Five of the eight counties in Central Ohio fell in September. Rates FELL in Franklin (7.7%), Fairfield (7.4%), Licking (7.8%), Morrow (8.2%) and Pickway (8.9%). Delaware remained FLAT at 6.3%. Rates ROSE in Madison (8.7%) and Union (7.7%).

The September rate for all of Ohio is 9.1%, but the rate FELL for 73 of the 88 counties. Delaware was one of six counties having a 7% or below rate.

Unemployment & Rates for Central Ohio

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This graph shows the number of unemployed people in Delaware and Union Counties. Between 2000 thru 2008, the rate of unemployed people was at or below 5% which I believe is considered “OK” for the economy. Then in 2009 the rate spiked and increased again in 2010. For Delaware County, even though the rates hovered between 3-4%, the number of unemployed increased but so did the population of Delaware County during those years, as the southern portion of the county grew tremendously.

Employed vs Unemployed for 2010

  • FRANKLIN COUNTY: in 2010, 573,600 were employed, 53,500 were unemployed, 8.5% rate.
  • DELAWARE COUNTY: in 2010, 85,700 were employed, 6,600 were unemployed, 7.1% rate .
  • UNION COUNTY: in 2010, 23,700 were employed, 2,200 were unemployed, 8.4% rate.

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