Great for Commuters
Rural roots with roads ready for travel
Median age: 37.8
Distance to downtown: 9.7
Often aspiring suburbanites look north to settle outside Columbus’ city limits—consider turning your attention south instead. You may be surprised to find a city still connected to its rural roots but close to big-city amenities, without the worry of rush-hour road rage. Chris Cotton, a lifelong resident who makes the 15-minute Downtown drive almost daily, says he doesn’t have to compete with commuters the way cities north of Columbus do. “There are very rarely stops [on the drive],” Cotton says. “If you are stopped, it’s never for very long.” Cotton—one of 15,055 residents who commute outside of Grove City for work—also loves the compass-convenient highway access. From here, it’s easy to head any direction, hopping on interstates 71 and 270, U.S. Route 62 and State Route 66. “It helps provide that rare, quick access,” says Don Walters, business and community relations officer for Grove City.