Columbus continues to be ranked among the best communities in the country for economic opportunities.
The city tops Area Development magazine's rankings of “Leading Locations,” according to its annual report that rates metropolitan areas based on economic and workforce indicators.
The publication rates Columbus as the number-one small metropolitan area in the United States and the city is ranked second among all 379 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) nationwide.
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget identifies MSAs as geographical areas with a relatively high population density and close economic ties throughout a region.
Metropolitan Columbus, with a statistical population of 76,794, is also the top ranked MSA in the Midwest, according to the magazine report.
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