Columbus is great place to raise a family. Southwest Ohio was home to us previously and we still love the lay of the land and in a lot of ways it still seems like home. However, we've been in Columbus for 11 years now and it is so nice we just stay. Columbus is known for it's architecture, there is a nice mix of people from different lifestyles and ethnicities, it's pretty safe, the Parks and Rec Dept does a wonderful year-round job, there are lots of people interested in the arts and their "promotion" on a variety of levels, the city does a good job of providing services and encouraging an enriched lifestyle that is not normally found in a city of this size. The mayor does have a good personality for the job. He came to a neighborhood picnic we had a few years ago. Our daughter was two, had just finished her meal and her face was coated with yummy foodstuffs. My husband held her up, the mayor saw the face, he got a good laugh and politely declined.