Imagine a welcoming and inclusive city, wrap it in small-town charm with big-city amenities, and you’re about to experience Columbus, Indiana.

We’re committed to making everyone feel welcome. There are 1300 students speaking 51 unique languages in our public schools. Our community has a long, proud history of setting high standards in human rights that began in 1962 with the establishment of the Columbus Human Rights Commission.

Columbus, Indiana (population 46,000) is ranked sixth in the nation   Enjoy more than 70 buildings and pieces of public art by internationally noted architects and artists.  The Columbus story has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Midwest Living.

The Columbus Arts District is one of only five official Indiana cultural districts, recognizing our city’s rich collection of arts, entertainment, and cultural offerings. During warmer months, on any given weekend, you are likely to find a music festival, orchestral performance, or a free children’s concert here. Our community is also home to two orchestras, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.


  • Photos courtesy Don Nissen, Columbus Visitors Center
  • Plaza photo courtesy Columbus Visitors Center
  • Bridge photo courtesy Chris Crawl, Columbus Area Arts Council
  • Photos courtesy Don Nissen, Columbus Visitors Center