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Columbus is the capital and the largest city in the state of Ohio. It is located in the county of Franklin, although parts of the city also extend into Delaware and Fairfield counties. Named after the explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816.
. In 2008, Columbus was the 16th largest city in the United States, with 754,885 residents, and was also the 32nd largest metropolitan area, the fourth largest city in the Midwest, and the third most populous capital in the U.S. According to the U.S. Census, the metropolitan area has a population of 1,773,120, and the Combined Statistical Area (which includes Marion and Chillicothe) has a population of 1,982,252. Columbus is located within 550 miles of half of the population of the United States.
The city has an assorted economy based on education, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.
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